Cleveland State Hires Alumnus Pieter Ritz as Swimming Assistant Coach

Cleveland State has announced the hiring of Pieter Ritz as the program’s new assistant coach. Ritz comes to the team from another Ohio-based school, the University of Cincinnati, where he spent the last 3 seasons as an assistant with the Bearcats.

Ritz is an alumnus of Cleveland State, where he graduated from in 2012 with a degree in communication and film. As a senior, he earned the Men’s Swimming Leadership Award, and he served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for 3 years.

Ritz spent 1 season as a volunteer assistant and meet coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast, where the school won a conference title in 2015, and as a graduate assistant at Division II Henderson State University.

Ritz will join a new-look coaching staff at Cleveland State for the 2019-2020 season under head coach Hannah Burandt. Burandt took over as head coach after the team finished the season without its prior head coach Paul Graham. Ritz joins a young staff that includes Ben Colley.

The Cleveland State women finished 4th out of 7 teams at last year’s Horizon League Championships, while the men finished 2nd out of 7 teams.

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Gator ‘bater

Did he leave UC without a job? Or does UC have a second assistant opening this summer?


I still don’t know why Graham resigned.

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