This camp will feature technique instruction which will provide swimmers with the tools for success that can be applied to their training and development throughout their careers.
Auburn men and women have won a combined 13 NCAA Championship titles and a combined 23 SEC Championships! Spend a week at the “Home of Champions” and learn how to be the best that you can be at the Auburn Swim Camps.
Gary Taylor, who has spent the previous six seasons at North Carolina State, including the last two as associate head coach, was named head coach of the Auburn swimming and diving program on April 29, 2018.
“The search process for our new head coach was focused on finding the best fit for Auburn. It was important to find a coach who is committed to developing our student-athletes academically while also competing for conference and national championships as we have throughout the storied history of Auburn’s swimming & diving program,” said Director of Athletics Allen Greene. “Coach Taylor’s values, expertise and experience align with the expectations I have for all of our head coaches. He also shares my obsession for the student-athlete experience, my obsession for winning championships and my obsession for making the Auburn Family proud.”
Taylor played a vital part in guiding the NC State men to four-straight Atlantic Coast Conference Championship titles and three consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including top four finishes in each of the last three years. In addition, the Wolfpack women were crowned conference champions in 2017, tabbing its first conference title since 1980. The women’s team also achieved its highest NCAA finish in program history, placing seventh in 2017.
Michael Joyce joined the Auburn Swimming and Diving coaching staff as an assistant coachon May 8, 2018. Joyce spent last season at Arizona State after previously spending time alongside Taylor at NC State.
“Mike is young, passionate, energetic and extremely outgoing,” Taylor said. “Mike has a lot of connections not only at the club level but also at the college level. I had the opportunity to get to know Mike during my time at NC State. He was someone that wasn’t scared to get up early and stay up late and he worked hard all day through in between. I want to be surrounded by people with energy and passion and great minds for the sport who see big things for Auburn in the future. Mike is one of those and he is going to be a tremendous asset in coaching, recruiting and every aspect of the program.”
In his only season with the Sun Devils, Joyce helped Arizona State to a 20th-place finish at the men’s national championships and a 23rd-place finish at the women’s meet. Working mainly with the sprint group, Arizona State saw numerous members of the group earn invitations to the NCAA Championships and also saw the school record in the women’s 200 free relay fall.
Jeana Kempe, who spent the past six seasons as part of the staff at LSU, has been hired as an assistant coach by Gary Taylor at Auburn, Taylor announced on Monday.
“I’m really excited to welcome Jeana to the Auburn Swimming and Diving Family,” Taylor said. “I think one of the things that really excited me the most about Jeana was her energy, enthusiasm and passion for Auburn and really wanting to have an opportunity to be here. I am drawn to people that are drawn to me and that are drawn to Auburn University and Jeana was from day one. She is a ball of energy, very out-going and very easy to communicate with.
“Jeana will be a fantastic recruiter and will get to know her athletes on a really deep and personal level,” Taylor continued. “She comes to us with great swimming experience at the NCAA Division I level at UCLA but she also has some really good coaching experience at Northern Arizona first and then over the past six years at LSU. She will be a tremendous asset to this program in a variety of areas.”
Kempe began her career at LSU as an assistant coach in Oct. 2012 before being promoted to Associate Head Women’s Coach in April 2017.
Gideon Louw, who was a key member of Auburn’s last national championship winning swimming and diving team, returned to the Plains as an assistant coach in May 2018.
Louw has spent the past four seasons at Minnesota, the last two as associate head coach, focusing on recruiting and the sprint freestyle group.
Louw has been on deck for a resurgence at Minnesota as the Gopher men moved up from a 25th-place finish at NCAAs his first season (2015) to 15th this past year. This past season sprinter Bowen Becker was the Big 10 Champion in the 50 free and finished third at NCAAs in the event. Bowen, the Big 10 record holder in the 50 free (18.69), also took 14th in the 100 free and was on the 200 medley relay that earned All-America honorable mention at NCAAs.
Louw helped engineer a turnaround for the Gopher men’s relays in 2016. After sending no relays to the NCAA Championships in 2015, they sent four in 2016 and then five in 2017 and 2018, with the 200 medley relay scoring in both 2016 and 2018 and the 400 free relay team scoring in 2017.
Duncan Sherrard, who has been an assistant coach at North Carolina for the past three seasons, joined the Auburn Swimming & Diving staff on May 7, 2018.
“I am extremely humbled and excited that Gary reached out to me and has given me the opportunity to join his staff at Auburn,” Sherrard said. “Auburn is a top-tier program and I’m excited to be a part of such a rich tradition and legacy. I can’t wait to get to The Plains to start coaching.”
Sherrard, the former head swimming coach at Florida Southern College and a multiple All-American swimmer at Florida, joined the North Carolina staff in 2015. During his three seasons at UNC, the Tar Heels established school records in all five men’s relays, four out of five women’s relays and both sprint freestyles on the women’s side.
“Duncan stands out as being very professional, very hard working and he wants to be really successful,” Taylor said. “He brings energy and passion to the sport and he’ll bring a great dynamic to my staff at Auburn.”
This past season, Sherrard coached Caroline Baldwin to an eighth-place finish in the 50 free and a 10th-place finish in the 100 free at the NCAA Championships. Baldwin, who set the ACC Conference record in the 50 free, was UNC’s first 50 free finalist in back-to-back seasons in 20 years as the UNC women also brought home a 10th-place finish in the 200 free relay.
Overnight Camp Sessions
5/31/2020 – 6/4/2020 Session I (Overnight Camp: $780, day camp: $690)
6/7/2020 – 6/11/2020 Session II (Overnight Camp: $780, day camp: $690)
7/6/2020 – 7/10/2020 Session III (Overnight Camp: $780, day camp: $690)
*Dates potentially changed or cancelled due to scheduling*
5/29/2020 – 5/30/2020 Speed/Power Camp ($450)
7/10/2020 – 7/11/2020 Speed/Power Camp ($450)
*Dates potentially changed or cancelled due to scheduling*
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