Former Stanford Assistant Jeff Kostoff Named Associate Head Coach at Minnesota

Olympian and former Stanford University assistant coach Jeff Kostoff is heading to the University of Minnesota to become the combined-gender program’s associate head coach under Kelly Kremer, the school announced Monday.

Kostoff will officially assume his new position on Aug. 30, according to the press release.

“We are very fortunate to add Jeff to our staff. Jeff is an experienced and exceptional coach, and by all accounts an even better person,” Kremer said. “We are looking forward to having him on deck and getting started on this new season.”

Kostoff, known primarily for his work with distance swimmers, spent the last three seasons as Ted Knapp‘s assistant in Palo Alto. Knapp retired after 35 years with the program following the 2018-2019 season, and new head coach Dan Schemmel brought in Wisconsin’s Neil Caskey as his assistant. Under Kostoff’s watch, the Cardinal won the 2017 Pac-12 title, and Abrahm DeVine became the program’s first national champion since 2014.

Prior to Stanford, Kostoff was an assistant under Ray Looze at Indiana University from 2013-2016, where he worked with U.S. National Team-ers Zane Grothe and Lindsay Vrooman. Kostoff also spent four years as an assistant at the University of Maryland, and nine years in the club coaching scene from 1991-1999.

In his own swimming career, Kostoff was a five-time NCAA champion for Stanford (class of 1987) and two-time Olympian; he set 12 American records from 1982-86.

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Swammer
3 years ago

Jeff was the most personable and swimmer oriented coach I had in my collegiate career- Minnesota is very lucky and will be very successful with him there!

CountryOldtimer
3 years ago

Great hire by Minnesota. Jeff brings credibility to their program. I am not sure how he will deal with the cold weather.

WHKIRCH
Reply to  CountryOldtimer
3 years ago

Bloomington isn’t too warm either, he’ll be fine.

Old Swimmer
Reply to  CountryOldtimer
3 years ago

He will get through the cold winters just fine; it just takes some getting used to. He will not turn into an iceberg! He seems like a great addition to University of Minnesota Swimming

Coach Dave
Reply to  Old Swimmer
3 years ago

Have you been in Minneapolis in the winter? Pretty sure they have ice-berg parking on all of the streets.

Admin
Reply to  Coach Dave
3 years ago

Have you been to the Bay Area in the summer? I think it’s where the icebergs go to ride out the warm months. My coldest winter was a summer in San Francisco.

Greg
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Twainesque

Snarky
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Who downvotes Mark Twain!? Neanderthals.

Old Swimmer
Reply to  Coach Dave
3 years ago

I went to U of MN. The roads are well maintained but it is true that the snow banks are quite high and very gritty looking. I will take Minnesota over the Bay Area any time. More affordable than most places.

IU Swammer
3 years ago

He coached me some when he was at IU. He has a great laid-back-coach demeanor that is still motivating. I hope things go well for him!

Jay ryan
3 years ago

Ran the mile in 401 from what I remember.

John
3 years ago

Stanford messed up

Lpman
3 years ago

I still remember his 4:16 500. That swim was other worldly.

Snarky
Reply to  Lpman
3 years ago

In HS!

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Snarky
3 years ago

His high school record lasted for years and years

CIFSS Fan
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 years ago

Upland’s Finest

Springbrook
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 years ago

Yes, his public school record in the 500 only fell six months ago: https://swimswam.com/jake-magahey-breaks-oldest-national-hs-yards-record-in-500-free/ And no high school swimmer went faster in the 500 until Jack Conger did in 2013.

Swimfan
Reply to  Springbrook
3 years ago

Several high school age swimmers swam faster than that record before Jake Magahey…just not at a high school meet. High school records are pretty deceiving for that reason.

Coach Mike 1952
3 years ago

He’s got a great smile, obviously happy about the move. Congratulations Jeff!

Really
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
3 years ago

Leaving California for Minnesota? yeah, REAL happy….

12VOLT
Reply to  Really
3 years ago

He’ll be able to afford a house.

Knows Nothing
Reply to  Really
3 years ago

Actually Minnesota is a fairly decent place. I think the cost of living decrease and promotion will more than make up for the cold winters.

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