Mike Litzinger Resigns As Notre Dame Head Coach, Team Cancels Weekend Dual Meet

Mike Litzinger has resigned as the head coach of Notre Dame’s swimming & diving program and plans on retiring from the sport, UND Director of Athletics Jack Swarbick announced Monday.

In addition to Lizinger’s departure, associate head coach Aaron Bell is also no longer with the team.

“Making changes in the leadership of one of our programs is never easy, especially at the start of the competitive season, but recent events convinced Mike and me that a change in the direction of our program was necessary,” Swarbrick said.

Swarbrick did not elaborate on what those “recent events” were.

The school was sued by former associate head coach April Jensen earlier this year in federal court. She alleged that Litzinger treated her discriminatorily when after she told him that she was pregnant in 2019.

The case was formally dismissed by a judge last week at the mutual request of the involved parties. While no settlement agreement was announced, a mutual request for dismissal often implies an out-of-court settlement.

An attorney for Jensen told SwimSwam on Monday that he “cannot comment.”

Athletes who spoke to SwimSwam on the condition of anonymity say that they were informed in a team meeting on Monday afternoon of Litzinger’s departure, shortly before the official announcement by the school. Bell resigned shortly after.

Athletes say they were surprised by the announcement and were not given any specific reasons for the decision.

The Irish had a home dual meet scheduled for this weekend against Cincinnati, but the team will no longer be competing following Litzinger’s departure.

“We will instead use this week to develop an interim plan designed to allow our student-athletes to compete this year,” Swarbrick added.

Litzinger was named the head women’s coach at Notre Dame in April 2015, and assumed the role of head men’s coach one year later.

Prior to joining the Irish, Litzinger was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina under coach Rich DeSelm for eight seasons.

Bell has been an associate head coach at Notre Dame for the last five seasons, joining the staff in June 2016 after spending five seasons at Virginia Tech.

Mark Bradshaw remains in place as the team’s head diving coach in his first season.

The school says it will begin a national search for a full-time leader later this year.

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Tar Heel Swam
13 days ago

wait whattt. something must have happened..?

Papa Alum
13 days ago

I wonder if it had to do with April’s lawsuit? Either way, the program needed a change. Personally did not like the way Mike operated and ran things. Program has been plagued for a while now, they should bring in a good coach this time.

James
Reply to  Papa Alum
13 days ago

Notre Dame swimming needs a culture change you’re still in the Rolfs aquatic center and yet Elkhart and Plymouth both built nicer swimming facilities

UR An Idoit
Reply to  James
12 days ago

Plymouth’s pool isn’t even legal to dive in. Not a great comparison.

finding nemo
Reply to  James
9 days ago

Bethel University swims at Elkhart… one of the nicest facilities I’ve ever visited.

pete kennedy
Reply to  Papa Alum
12 days ago

Mike is an outstanding person and coach. Such a commit is out of line and very unprofessional.

Stallion06
13 days ago

My attention has been grabbed

Anonymoose
Reply to  Stallion06
12 days ago

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Huh
13 days ago

Huh??

NONA
13 days ago

Must’ve been hanging out with Urban Meyer this weekend

Swammer
13 days ago

The chickens came home to roost.

Stan Crump
Reply to  Swammer
13 days ago

Pray tell, what chickens?

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Swammer
13 days ago

Roost, or roast?

Swammer
Reply to  Wave 1.5 Qualifier
13 days ago

The chickens came home to roost is an idiom. Look it up.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Swammer
13 days ago

Lighten up, Francis.

ND Swammer
13 days ago

The chickens came home to roost.

Swim Fan
13 days ago

Not surprised in the slightest at this move. Litzinger deserves this every bit. I have heard from numerous current and former ND swimmers that he created a toxic culture and was borderline abusive to his swimmers. Add on to that the discrimination scandal that dropped a few months back and it seems like this has been a long time coming.

Coachy
Reply to  Swim Fan
12 days ago

Heard it from a friend who, heard from a friend who, heard from another……

bout damn time
Reply to  Coachy
12 days ago

Swam for him at UNC, most guys I swam with shared the sentiment that this would happen at one point or another yesterday when the story dropped. https://concussioninc.net/?p=7020 Pattern of behavior as Utah had allegations as well.

Verbal abuse on the other hand wasn’t something that was rampant. Too many swimmers never played football and have been yelled at. I actually liked Mike personally but not as a coach, especially a men’s coach. Zero men’s swimmers made NCAAs in the 4 years I was there that swam under him.

NM Coach
Reply to  Coachy
12 days ago

YOU BEEN MESSING AROUND…

REO SPEEDWAGON Circa 1981!

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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