Competitor Coach of the Month: Matt Kredich, Tennessee

Competitor Coach of the Month is a recurring SwimSwam feature shedding light on a U.S.-based coach who has risen above the competition. As with any item of recognition, Competitor Coach of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one coach whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a coach who was clearly in the limelight, or one whose work fell through the cracks a bit more among other stories. If your favorite coach wasn’t selected, feel free to respectfully recognize them in our comment section.

When the Tennessee Volunteers graduated a senior class that included NCAA title hopeful Erika Brown, almost half of its NCAA points and 13 of 20 relay legs, very few expected the Volunteers to remain at the top of the SEC after winning the team’s first-ever title.

But heading into the 2021 NCAA postseason, Tennessee finds itself at #4 in our latest women’s Power Ranks – the highest rank of any SEC program.

Tennessee beat arguably their top competitors, the Georgia Bulldogs, by 28 points in a head-to-head dual this month. That gives the Volunteers a two-year win streak against Georgia. Last year, Tennessee beat Georgia for the first time since 1989. Prior to last year, Tennessee’s women had beaten Georgia only three times in history – now they’ve won two in the past two years.

Tennessee has reloaded dramatically, with 9 swimmers currently projected to score NCAA points, based on our Swimulator. All five of the Volunteer relays rank in the top 7 nationally.

Head coach Matt Kredich has reloaded much faster than expected, and has Tennessee riding all the momentum in the world towards the college conference meet season.

 

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VFL
4 months ago

Lady Vols baby! And to think of what’s coming in next year…

Kredich has slowly built this program and it’s been so much fun to root for them through the years and now so satisfying to see them amongst the nation’s elite!

bigswimming
4 months ago

Such a class act!

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