Marcus Guttmann Named Interim Head Coach at Hawaii

The University of Hawaii has named Marcus Guttmann as the interim head coach of the school’s swimming & diving program. This comes after months of reports that the program had placed Elliot Ptasnik on an unexplained leave of absence.

Ptasnik’s name had renamed on the team’s website until recently, when Guttmann was added as interim head coach.

Update: after months of ignoring requests for information, Hawaii released a brief statement late Tuesday, simply saying that Ptasnik will not return as head coach, and that Guttmann will serve as interim head coach for the full season.

Ptasnik took over the program in summer 2019 when Dan Schemmel was hired away by Stanford to lead the men’s team. He kept the program’s success going, leading both the men’s and women’s team to MPSF conference titles in 2020. For the men, that included a conference-record 895.50 points.

The women won again in 2021, while the men fell to BYU. The women’s title streak now stands at 5 consecutive MPSF titles, while it snapped a two-year streak for the men’s team.

The team will now be led by Marcus Guttmann, who is another holdover from the Schemmel era. He joined the program prior to the 2016-2017 season. He came to the program from the Badger Aquatics Club in Madison, Wisconsin, from 2013-2016, where he also coached alongside Schemmel.

Guttman swam collegiately at Wisconsin from 2009 through 2013, where Schemmel was his coach for his last two seasons. He competed in the 400 free, 1500 free, and 200 fly at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

2021-2022 Hawaii Coaching Staff:

  • Interim head coach – Marcus Guttman
  • Head diving coach – Mike Brown
  • Assistant swimming coach – Nick Folker
  • Assistant swimming coach – Taylor Garcia
  • Assistant swimming coach – Micah Masei
  • Assistant diving coach – Anita Rossing

Also joining the staff this season is Micah Masei, who was a member of the varsity squad last season. The MPSF All-Academic Team and MPSF Second Team member represented American Samoa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Hawaii is scheduled to kick off its 2021-2022 season on October 22 and 23 with a double dual against Arizona and Wisconsin.

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Swum
6 days ago

I don’t know him but on his social media recently it hasn’t really looked like he’s been focusing on the Collegiate team all that much. Can’t blame him though, living in Hawaii looks like the dream!

Swum
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 days ago

I didn’t think that before but after getting ratioed like that I think I do. This might just be my villain origin story.

Squirrely Dan
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 days ago

That’s what’s I appreciates abouts you

DP Spellman
Reply to  Swum
6 days ago

Coach Elliot never posted much work related stuff on his social media once he became a Division 1 swim coach in late 2016.

*Disclaimer: Elliot is a former employee of mine (when I coached the Iowa City Eels) and was excellent working with multiple groups 3 to 5 times per week while finishing up his undergraduate degrees at the University of Iowa.

Gaglianone's Boot
Reply to  Swum
6 days ago

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Big mac #1
6 days ago

Tf is that shirt?

uhOH
Reply to  Big mac #1
6 days ago

…..a Hawaiian shirt?

Big mac #1
Reply to  uhOH
6 days ago

Don’t get me wrong, I like Hawaiian shirts but that pattern is horrible

John
Reply to  Big mac #1
6 days ago

weird hot take

uhOH
Reply to  John
6 days ago

Big mac #1 is the Tim Gunn of SwimSwam

Corn Pop
Reply to  Big mac #1
6 days ago

Inca UFO signals. An Hawaii secret.

Last edited 6 days ago by Corn Pop
Dan Flashes
Reply to  Big mac #1
6 days ago

Now THAT is a complicated pattern!

Nice!
6 days ago

Congrats to Marcus! Great coach and awesome guy.

Taa
6 days ago

Seems to be lots of turnover in these head coaching jobs.

urahrah
Reply to  Taa
6 days ago

Schemmel literally left for Stanford. That’s a career-defining job for a young highly successful coach, and Ptasnik was the coach who’d been at UH the longest at the point he left so he became interim and eventually that tag came off. The guy before Schemmel had been there a hell of a long time. This specific job doesn’t have as much turnover as you would think.

Taa
Reply to  urahrah
6 days ago

I said jobs which is plural as in many schools have had changes. So Hawaii(2) UCLA USC(soon to be 2) UCSB UCSD(2) UCDAVIS Pepperdine(2)Stanford men all had changes in the last few years. Not to mention the rest of the country I can’t keep track. Bowman and Busch over in AZ are stable veteran coaches right now.

urahrah
6 days ago

Great guy and a really talented young coach. Awesome to see him get the HC nod after seeing how respected he is by his swimmers & other coaches.

ISpeakTheTruth
4 days ago

Elliot is a good coach. He will land on his feet.

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