Karl Ortegon contributed to this report.
Former University of Denver head coach Brian Schrader has been added to the coaching staff at the University of Iowa. While the school has not formally announced Schrader’s hire, he does appear on the team website as an assistant coach. He fills the hole left by Richard Salhus, who departed to become the assistant coach at Army West Point.
Schrader spent the last 13 years as the head coach at the University of Denver, and departed that program earlier this summer under unclear circumstances.
During Schrader’s tenure at Denver, both the men’s and women’s programs were dominant in their conferences. The program has spent time in the Sun Belt Conference, Western Athletic Conference, and for the last three seasons, the Summit League. When Denver left the Sun Belt, they held 16 of 18 swimming records on the women’s side and 17 of 18 on the men’s side.
In 2017 and 2018, Denver won every single swimming event at the Summit League Championships on the men’s and women’s sides. In 2019, the women did the same, and the men would’ve had they not DQ’d their 800 free relay (though their B relay, ineligible for a win against A relays, finished faster than all other A relays).
On a national level during Schrader’s tenure, Denver has had some notable names bring the program into the conversation as a top mid-major. Among those top swimmers for the program recently are Croatian record-holder Anton Loncar, sprinters Cameron Auchinachie and Kyle Robrock, sprinter Sam Corea, and 2017 400 IM 5th place NCAA finisher Bailey Andison (who transferred to Indiana for her senior season).
Schrader started his coaching career at his alma mater, Texas, as a grad assistant. Following stints with Iowa and Florida, he served as an assistant with Georgia for five seasons before taking the head coaching job at Denver. Schrader also has experience as USA Swimming’s National Team Coordinator from 1995-1999, and he was on staff for Team USA at the 1996 Olympics, the 1998 World Champs, the 2001 World Champs, and the 2003 Pan Am Games.
Both Iowa teams will begin their 2019-2020 season on September 28th with in intrasquad meet before hosting a tri meet with Michigan State and Northern Iowa on October 3rd and 4th. The Iowa men finished 8th at last year’s Big Ten Championship meet, while the Iowa women finished 10th. The Denver men last season had the faster swimmer in 6 out of 13 NCAA D1 Championship individual events, including all of the freestyle distances.