Indiana University in the Market for an Assistant Sprint Coach as Kirk Grand Heads West

Indiana University is seeking a new assistant sprint coach, as 2018-2019 assistant Dr. Kirk Grand is moving to Colorado Springs.

His fiancée, Lindsey, has job opportunities in the area, and while Grand doesn’t yet have a job lined up, he says that he hopes to “stay near the sport.”

“Since Lindsey and I met we have had the dream of living near the mountains.  Last year her dad passed away of cancer so we didn’t have the opportunity to explore our options.  It wasn’t our initial intent to pursue our dream this year but being around such an amazing team here at Indiana, and watching them chasing their dreams, was truly inspiring, so we decided to chase ours,” Grand told SwimSwam via email.

Grand attended Ohio State for undergrad and got his masters in exercise physiology, human performance from Indiana in 2013. He got his PhD in psychophysiology from Auburn, where he also served as a volunteer assistant coach for three years and a sprint assistant for two. Among the Auburn athletes Grand directly coached was Zach Apple, who transferred to Indiana last year. In all, Grand was the primary coach for 19 All-American swimmers and multiple-time SEC and NCAA finalists and qualifiers at Auburn, and was also a USA Swimming National Team coach in 2018.

While at Auburn, Grand continued his role from his grad school years as a research associate for Indiana’s Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming. When he returned to Bloomington to coach last season, he also became the associate director of the center.

At the 2019 NCAA Championships, Indiana’s men finished third, going back-to-back in the top three for the first time in 44 years. The women completed their fifth-straight top-10 finish.

“I have learned so much from Ray, Mike, Coley, and staff,” Grand said. ” I am forever grateful for the opportunity Indiana has afforded me, but the mountains are calling….and we must go.

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DCSWIM
2 years ago

Assistant at Stanford maybe? 🤔

Admin
Reply to  DCSWIM
2 years ago

Awfully long commute from Colorado Springs to Stanford…

John
Reply to  DCSWIM
2 years ago

Read the article maybe?

DCSWIM
Reply to  John
2 years ago

Skipped over the first paragraph because sometimes it’s similar to the little blurb underneath the picture 😛

buckwheat
2 years ago

Todd Desorbo a possibility?

sven
Reply to  buckwheat
2 years ago

I heard Sergio is taking it.

Hswimmer
Reply to  sven
2 years ago

Another move for Sergio??

samulih
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

maybe just maybe jesting you?

kanye west
Reply to  sven
2 years ago

i heard brett hawke

The michael phelps caterpillar
Reply to  kanye west
2 years ago

Interesting. According to my sources, Dave Durden will be talking the spot. They’re well placed sources too!

DropTheHammer
2 years ago

Kirk is a humbled and talented young coach. Wise beyond his years and such a unique perspective on life. Wishing him and Lindsey the best in the near future!

Swimmah
2 years ago

“It wasn’t our initial intent to pursue our dream this year but being around such an amazing team here at Indiana, and watching them chasing their dreams, was truly inspiring, so we decided to chase ours,” Grand told SwimSwam via email.

Love this. Hope he stays in the sport.

Oldskool
2 years ago

Must be tough working for Ray… how many assistant coaches come and go over the past 5 years? Take Mike aside.

James Beam
Reply to  Oldskool
2 years ago

Didn’t you read the article?

Oldskool
Reply to  James Beam
2 years ago

I did. And I’m also stating the truth

Admin
Reply to  Oldskool
2 years ago

I don’t really think that losing 3 assistants in 3 years is all that uncommon in a combined program. NC State, for example, has done the same: Taylor, DeSorbo, Houchin.

Jillian
Reply to  Oldskool
2 years ago

As you see it . . .

Greg
Reply to  Oldskool
2 years ago

i think there may be a $$$ component to this decision as well. While I can not confirm this situation (asst sprint coach position), in talking with Ray in 2017, he indicated a shift in philosophy to bump the salary levels of two-three of the asst positions and drop the salaries of 1-2 positions with the hope of creating longevity at the top.

Jillian
Reply to  Greg
2 years ago

I don’t think money played a role . . .
“While at Auburn, Grand continued his role from his grad school years as a research associate for Indiana’s Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming. When he returned to Bloomington to coach last season, he also became the associate director of the center”

Revolving Door
2 years ago

3rd new assistant in 3 years? Dangggggg

Admin
Reply to  Revolving Door
2 years ago

I don’t really think that losing 3 assistants in 3 years is all that uncommon in a combined program. NC State, for example, has done the same: Taylor, DeSorbo, Houchin.

CollegeSwimr
Reply to  Revolving Door
2 years ago

Add that with all the swimmers they’ve lost over the years

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