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:
- Gary Taylor (head coach)
- Duncan Sherrard
- Michael Joyce
- Gideon Louw
- Jeane Kempe
- Jeff Shaffer (diving)
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 ACC, Michael Joyce from the Pac-12’s Arizona State, Gideon 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.