Auburn Finalizes New Staff With LSU’s Jeana Kempe

Gary Taylor has filled out his new-look staff at Auburn University, as he’ll officially hire LSU assistant Jeana Kempe, a source tells SwimSwam.

Kempe was an associate head coach at LSU, coaching there for the past five seasons. LSU’s bio credits her for working with Caley Oquist (the fastest backstroker in LSU history) and Colleen O’Neil (the second-fastest breaststroker in program history). She’s previously served as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona for two years. Before that, she was a four-year letterwinner in swimming at UCLA.

Gary Taylor‘s complete staff:

That should complete Taylor’s new staff, which now pulls assistants from four different conferences. Duncan Sherrard comes to Auburn from the University of North Carolina and the ACCMichael Joyce from the Pac-12’s Arizona StateGideon Louw from Minnesota of Big Ten and Kempe from LSU and the SEC. Taylor himself comes out of the ACC after serving in an associate head coaching role with NC State.

Jeff Shaffer remains on the team’s coaching roster as the diving coach, the only carryover from Brett Hawke‘s old staff. Hawke resigned back in March.

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4 years ago

Jeana is awesome

Patrick Rowan
4 years ago

Great hire! Congratulations Jeana!

4 years ago

Congrats to Jeana! I grew up looking up to her and swimming against her, and she is a class act! Auburn got a good one!

Jason Schmeltzer
4 years ago

Good luck jeana

Speed Racer
4 years ago

McGill is out then?

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4 years ago


Reply to  Speed Racer
4 years ago

Hm good question! The article suggests that but I wouldn’t think so

Reply to  ozsu
4 years ago

It sounds like he is out!

Reply to  Speed Racer
4 years ago

Yes he’s out.

Ken Hancock
4 years ago

Coach Taylor has put a tremendous staff in place at Auburn in a short period of time. Welcome Coach Jeana. You are going to absolutely LOVE working with the athletes, both men and women, that are there now, and the ones on the way. You’ve got a first class group of coaches and swimmers. Good luck to you, and…..WAR EAGLE!!

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