Hawai’i’s Dan Schemmel Named New Stanford Men’s Head Coach

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.

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Is this a joke? No SERIOUSLY come on… tell me you just teasing????


Wow….guessing no one called this one. Seems like a rising talent though!


Except Braden. On the coaching thread he mentioned Schemmel a week ago being interviewed and then as the lead candidate three days ago when Kredich pulled out. SwimSwam nails it. Come on Braden, now just use your power and get a good coach to Chapel Hill (already giving up on Catherine Kase with UCLA opening up).

Bad Knees

Agreed on UNC. Any rumors at all?


Dougdale and Gangloff…


Dugdale, Gangloff, Kevin Tyrell


Gangloff got the job.

I hear that UNC is down to 2 names. Many others have pulled out.

Seems to be a summer of “leveraging for a raise,” not the summer of movement it looked like it might be.


Raises, contract extensions, and maybe even a budget increase. But I also wouldn’t count out programs being unwilling to pay buy out clauses. It’s a business.


I wonder if more of these leveraging coaches would have a different attitude if it was 2020?

Great question. Or, maybe, 2021 – because leaving a team in April of 2020 probably isn’t a good scenario either.


Yep it is May and almost June. They might wait until after Trials for the right guy or gal!


Braden or Torrey,

“… Cal and the University of Arizona are in the market for new assistants.”
Who is Cal looking to replace; is it for the men or women?


Yeah, it was down to Dugdale and Gangloff, they went with Gangloff.


Really? Officially?


Same question. Is this true or trolling/speculating?

Musical Chairs

it’s not speculating.


UNC just announced Gangloff. Don’t know much about him but finally have someone!


Dan was off my radar for this job. Anyone out there have first hand experience with Dan and can comment on his performances at Hawaii or Wisconsin? Congratulations to Dan. I think this is one of the top three coaching jobs.


Great personality. Great guy. Humble. Down to earth. Passionate. Knowledgeable. Always the best in mind for his athletes.


Agree! Great guy.

Badger Swammer

Dan’s a very creative, passionate, and enthusiastic coach. To reiterate what SwimSwim said, he is a rockstar guy who always has the best in mind for his athletes. Stanford is lucky to have him and I think Dan will continue to develop great athletes and people. Congratulations Dan!


Dan is one of those coaches who everyone genuinely likes. He will always be nice and caring to his swimmers, but by no means is he lackadaisical.

Former badger

Was never a fan. I found him to be a petty coach that mindlessly followed Whitney Hite’s plans at Wisconsin. This is a huge mistake for Stanford and I feel sorry for the swimmers that have committed to swim there. May their swim careers Rest In Peace.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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