Jarod Schroeder Resigns as Northwestern’s Head Men’s Coach

Northwestern head men’s swimming and diving coach Jarod Schroeder will step away from the program to pursue a graduate degree full-time, the school announced Friday. Schroeder was head coach for nine seasons after spending one as an assistant. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach from 2000-2006.

The announcement comes just two days after head women’s coach Abby Steketee announced her resignation — though hers came without an explanation.

“We are extremely grateful for Jarod and his dedication to our men’s swimming and diving program,” said Northwestern Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips. “For nearly a decade, his student-athletes and staff have been great representatives of Northwestern University. We wish Jarod and his family all the best moving forward.”

Northwestern sent swimmers to the NCAA Championships in six of Schroeder’s nine seasons. Most notably, under Schroeder, Jordan Wilimovsky (Class of 2017) was an Open Water World Champion and Olympian, as well as a five-time All-American and 1,650 free Big Ten champion (2015). Wilimovsky took gold in the men’s 10k open water event at the 2015 FINA Open Water World Championships to qualify for the Olympics and then placed second in the 1500 free at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials to become the first American swimmer in history to swim at the Olympics in pool and open water events.

“I am so appreciative for the opportunity that Northwestern and Dr. Phillips have provided me,” Schroeder said. “Thank you to all the world-class student-athletes, coaches and administrators I’ve had the privilege of working with during my time here. I hold this University in the highest regard and look forward to seeing the continued progress this swimming and diving program makes in the future. My family and I are excited about this next chapter in our lives.”

Northwestern will conduct a national search for its next head coach, and no announcement has been made about the fate of the rest of the coaching staff — the online coaching page has not yet been updated. As to whether the school would consider combining the men’s and women’s programs now that there are coaching vacancies in both, the school told SwimSwam that it is “exploring all options.”

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2 years ago

There are very few options. Flex muscle and pay what the multi billion dollar endowment can afford to get a top name coach in, talking pay for a huge splash of a name (pun intended), promote from within with Alec the men’s assistant (someone wh9 is a phenomenal coach whose talent was hidden behind Jarrod), or accept mediocrity like last 6-7 years and fine some rando and hope to compete against other schools of similar ranking academically.

2 years ago

Wilimovsky did not swim the *1650* at Olympic Trials.

Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

The only mention of the 1650 is when he was the B1G champ

2 years ago

This does not look good for NU. Couple of thoughts that immediately come to mind…they are losing support (scholarships/funding/etc) from Dept and neither coach willing to captain a sinking ship. They are combining like the majority of other Big Ten schools. Or Abby and Jarod know something about the programs future or lack thereof.

Reply to  Somethingsmellsfishy
2 years ago

Maybe throwing some $ at one of the worst pools in the BIG when you build a multi million $ football facility next door…

Reply to  Thomeg
2 years ago

The pool isn’t that bad.

Reply to  Somethingsmellsfishy
2 years ago

No info but wondered if once they knew the men’s coach was leaving, they ended the women’s coach contract with the thought of having one coach responsible for both.

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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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