Dani Korman Returning to Alma-Mater Kenyon Owls as Associate Head Coach

Dani Korman has been named a new associate head coach at Kenyon College. Korman was a student-athlete there from 2002-2006.

Korman most recently spent a year as an assistant coach at Yale. There she helped coach both the men’s and women’s programs to third place finishes at the 2023 Ivy League Championships.

Prior to spending a year at Yale, Korman was an associate head coach at Cal. She resigned before reports came out that have led to a formal investigation of head coach Teri McKeever.

Korman has coached numerous top Division III swimming (and academic) programs before. Prior to arriving at Cal, she had been the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at MIT. She also has coached Division III Johns Hopkins and Carthage College as an assistant coach.

Korman comes home to her alma-mater that has continuously been one of the top Division III swimming programs on both the men’s and women’s side. At 2022 Division III NCAAs, the Kenyon women captured the team title scoring 446 points, seven more than Emory’s 439. That snapped Emory’s 10 year winning streak. The Kenyon men finished fifth scoring 283 points.

Most recently at 2023 NCAAs, the Kenyon men finished second with 496 points, 36 points behind Emory who captured the team title. The Kenyon women finished third with 383 points, only two points behind second-place Emory.

Korman attended Kenyon from 2002-2006 when she earned her degree in economics, graduating with honors as well. As an athlete, Korman was a member of two national championships teams and was a seven-time All-American. She also was a team captain in her senior season. Notably, she was a conference champion in the 200 butterfly in 2005. She went on to earn a master’s of education with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Carthage in 2008.

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Ice Golem
4 months ago

Pretty sure shes on our volleyball team

4 months ago

So, she was Head Coach at MIT, Assistant at Cal Women, Assistant at Yale and now Associate Head Coach at Kenyon. I would have thought her next move would have been Head Coach at a Division I or Division III program. Great pickup for Kenyon, no doubt. I wonder how that fits her career plans.

Doug Schranck
Reply to  SwimCoachDad
4 months ago

It doesn’t always have to be about the exact career plans somebody has. There are a lot of different factors that go into it. Kenyon is so lucky to have Dani joining their coaching staff. And I’m sure it will be an exciting opportunity for Dani! Can’t wait to see the benefit from her influence this year!

Comfy Pants
4 months ago

Congrats to Korman and Kenyon!

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Coach DL2
4 months ago

Great person and excellent coach! Congrats to Dani for finding her way home after some incredible experiences at other high level programs and elite academic institutions. And, congrats to Jess Book for hitting a home run with this hire! He obviously knows how to develop Kenyon students and his humility allows him to bring in top tier coaches to work alongside him. The Owls essentially have 4 head coaches on staff with Jess, Dani, Kosuke and Ron. Go Owls!!!!

Comfy Pants
Reply to  Coach DL2
4 months ago

Very well put!

4 months ago

Heck, yeah.

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