Northwestern Plans To Combine Men’s, Women’s Programs With New Coach

Northwestern University will combine its men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs under one new coach. A job opening for “Director of Swimming and Diving (Men’s/Women’s) is already listed on the school’s site.

Observers could already see hints of that intention earlier this spring, when both the men’s and women’s head coaches resigned within two days of one another – women’s coach Abby Steketee on April 11 and men’s coach Jarod Schroeder on April 13. At the time, the school said it was “exploring all options” with regard to combining the programs.

Dual-gender combined programs have been on the rise in the NCAA lately, and Northwestern is the fourth Big Ten program to combine in the past 7 years. Minnesota combined its programs under Kelly Kremer in 2011, Michigan under Mike Bottom in 2012 and Ohio State in 2017 under Bill Dorenkott.

Northwestern was previously one of just two teams in the Big Ten to have separate men’s and women’s programs. Purdue remains the only Big Ten school with separate programs, the men under Dan Ross and the women under John Klinge.

Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern will now all field combined programs. Nebraska, Rutgers and Illinois only field women’s teams with no men’s swimming & diving program offered at those schools.

There’s no word yet on the coach who will eventually lead Northwestern’s program.

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LETSGO

SERGIO SERGIO SERGIO

Steve Nolan

I do really hope he gets every single vacancy.

Or goes to coach like, Lichtenstein’s national team.

EIE

maybe

Steve Wilson

Taking away another female head coaching opportunity

Guy

Hopefully they will just hire the best person for the job……

meeeeee

GUY, thank you for your sane comment. Should be a no brainer for either sex or any race.

Swimmom

Or they could hire a female to coach both….

Swimmy

There are ZERO female head coaches of combined programs in the power-5.

(Also ZERO female head coaches of men’s teams.)

Candidates??

Top five list of candidates other than Sergio that make sense for this job?

Hmmm....

Peter Andrew

Hugo46

Ned Skinner, Gary Taylor, Jeremy Kipp, Steph Williams, Josh White, Tanica Jamison, Mike Westphal, Tyler Fenwick, Catherine Vogt, Tracy Slusser, Steve Jungbluth…

SUNY Cal

Mark Hill

It’s tough, because there’s not a laundry list of Northwestern alums in coaching to slide in. Gary Taylor’s name has been brought up for a lot of head coaching gigs, but the list of available jobs are closing up fast. I think he’s ready to make the jump, so maybe this will be the one. It would be a great “get” for Northwestern, if they can support the swim program enough for him to succeed. Stefanie (Williams) Moreno has to be in line for a head coaching job in the near future if she wants one, given her long-running connection to the success at Georgia. Next logical place to look is top assistants from around the Big Ten, so maybe… Read more »

SwimSwum

Welp, it ain’t gonna be Collier.

tallswimmer

A few hours too soon on Collier, haha.

Coaching

Agree about Taylor. Coach Williams Moreno would be a great hire. Brian Schaeder would be a good hire too.

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