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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googoodoll
1 year ago

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

joe
1 year ago

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

SwimParent
Reply to  joe
1 year ago

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
Reply to  SwimParent
1 year ago

Agreed on UNC. Any rumors at all?

Benny
Reply to  Bad Knees
1 year ago

Dougdale and Gangloff…

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  Bad Knees
1 year ago

Dugdale, Gangloff, Kevin Tyrell

Swack
Reply to  Bad Knees
1 year ago

Gangloff got the job.

Admin
Reply to  SwimParent
1 year ago

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.

Gaucho
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

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.

Superfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

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

Admin
Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

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

Superfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

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

h2olover
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

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?

Swack
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

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

SwimParent
Reply to  Swack
1 year ago

Really? Officially?

Barbotus
Reply to  Swack
1 year ago

Same question. Is this true or trolling/speculating?

Musical Chairs
Reply to  Barbotus
1 year ago

it’s not speculating.

SwimParent
Reply to  Musical Chairs
1 year ago

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

FormerLonghorn
1 year ago

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.

Swimswim
Reply to  FormerLonghorn
1 year ago

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

Yup
Reply to  Swimswim
1 year ago

Agree! Great guy.

Badger Swammer
Reply to  FormerLonghorn
1 year ago

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!

Swimmer
Reply to  FormerLonghorn
1 year ago

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
Reply to  FormerLonghorn
1 year ago

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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