A month after Stanford University men’s head coach Ted Knapp stepped down following 35 years with the program, and seven at its helm, the school announced University of Hawai’i head coach of three seasons Dan Schemmel will fill the position Tuesday afternoon.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored for the opportunity to lead the Stanford men’s swimming and diving program,” Schemmel said in the school’s release. “Stanford offers the premier experience in scholar-athleticism, combining a world-class education with the best collegiate athletics department in the country. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to [athletic director] Bernard Muir and sport administrator Tommy Gray for believing in me and providing me with this opportunity. Within this environment of excellence, we will continue to build this program around a culture of integrity and hard work.”
Schemmel has headed the Hawai’i program since July 2016 and was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year in his first season, as the team won the conference; the men finished third that year. The women won again in 2018 as the men finished second, and then both the women and men topped the conference last season by over 100 points.
Schemmel’s tenure also coincided with the rise of distance swimmer Phoebe Hines, who finished fifth in the 1650 at NCAAs as a junior this year, and has dropped about 50 seconds off her best time since starting college.
Prior to Hawai’i, Schemmel was an assistant for five seasons under head coach Whitney Hite as the University of Wisconsin, and before that, was as an assistant coach at Michigan State, his alma mater (c/o 2008). Schemmel got his first collegiate coaching experience as a volunteer assistant under head coach Frank Busch while earning his Masters degree at the University of Arizona.
The Stanford men’s vacancy was the arguably the biggest gig among the 10-plus Division I NCAA head coach spots left to be filled due to the school’s location and caliber of academics and athletic talent. The Cardinal won back-to-back Pac-12 Championships in 2016 and 2017 after a four-year title hiatus but fell to recent national champion Cal by a wide margin in 2018 and 2019.
Within the Pac-12 coaching landscape now, UCLA is seeking a new head coach as a result of Cyndi Gallagher‘s retirement, and Cal and the University of Arizona are in the market for new assistants.