Princeton press release available here.
Princeton University has hired Tennessee assistant coach Bret Lundgaard as the head coach of the women’s swimming and diving team. Lundgaard will replace Susan Teeter, who announced her retirement last December. Teeter guided the women’s team to 17 Ivy League conference championships, earning the 2011 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the College Swim Coaches Association.
“I want to thank Mollie Marcoux Samaan, the Ford Family Director of Athletics, and the rest of the Princeton athletic department, for this unparalleled opportunity,” Lundgaard said. “Their commitment to student-athlete development and world-class performance was evident throughout this hiring process, and I’m honored to join an athletic department that is responsible for helping develop the greatest student-athletes in the world.
“While you rarely want to follow a coaching legend like Coach Teeter, the opportunity to lead a program with the history, tradition and commitment to academic and athletic excellence of Princeton Swimming & Diving is too special to ignore,” Lundgaard added. “I thank Coach Teeter for her relentless service to Princeton Swimming & Diving. You and your teams’ paw prints will be a part of this exciting new chapter for Princeton Swimming & Diving.”
“We could not be more pleased to welcome Coach Lundgaard to the Tiger family,” said Mollie Marcoux Samaan, the Ford Family Director of Athletics. “The search committee was thoroughly impressed by Bret’s overall approach to coaching, as well as his extremely well-articulated definition of Education Through Athletics. His track record of success both as a student-athlete and as a coach speaks for itself, but it was his passion for helping his student-athletes succeed athletically, academically and socially through an emphasis on both performance and values that impressed us the most throughout the search process.”
Lundgaard has spent the last five years as an assistant coach for the Tennessee men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. He was head coach Matt Kredich’s first hire after combining the men’s and women’s programs in 2012. Lundgaard worked primarily with the breaststrokers and butterflyers, as well as the middle distance groups. As such he worked with 2016 Olympians Molly Hannis (USA), Kira Toussaint (Netherlands), and Peter John Stevens (Slovenia).
Lundgaard also spearheaded recruiting efforts and served as director of the Vols’ swim camp. Prior to Tennessee, he spent three years as an assistant coach at Army West Point, where he served as recruiting coordinator and trained freestylers and IMers.
Lundgaard swam from 2004-2008 at the University of Washington, where he was team captain in his junior and senior seasons. He earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors in each of his four years at UW, and was a 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 fly. Lundgaard left Seattle with a bachelor’s in Journalism and a Certificate of Business & Marketing. While at Tennessee he earned a master’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior.
Lundgaard and his wife, Jessica Lundgaard (Milicic), have a two-year-old daughter, Isabella.