Jeana Kempe will join the new coaching staff at South Carolina, making the jump after Auburn cleared out its coaching staff this offseason.
Kempe was an assistant coach with Auburn University for the past three seasons, working primarily with middle-distance swimmers. She had previously coached at LSU, but made the jump within the SEC to join Auburn in 2018 under then-new head coach Gary Taylor.
Taylor and Auburn parted ways this offseason. Kempe and Duncan Sherrard will reunite in South Carolina – they were both assistants under Taylor for three seasons at Auburn. Sherrard was announced as a South Carolina hire earlier this week.
There’s been a lot of coaching movement within the SEC this season. South Carolina’s new head coach is Jeff Poppell, the former women’s head coach at Florida. Poppell made the jump to South Carolina, where he’s heading up the men’s and women’s programs. Here’s a look at Poppell’s staff moving forward:
Patnode comes from a position with Ohio State in the Big Ten. Pinter has previously coached in the Big Ten, but was most recently working with the Gator Swim Club out of Florida.
South Carolina is one of four SEC teams revamping their coaching staff this offseason. Coley Stickels resigned at Alabama midway through the season, with Ozzie Quevedo finishing out the season and Margo Geer taking over next season. South Carolina moved on from McGee Moody in a mutual agreement, hiring Poppell away from Florida to fill the spot. That caused Florida to re-combine its men’s and women’s programs under men’s head coach Anthony Nesty. Meanwhile Auburn replaced Taylor with Ryan Wochomurka as head coach.