Northwestern Retains & Promotes Andrew Hodgson, Jake Tapp In New Coaching Staff

Northwestern will keep Andrew Hodgson and Jake Tapp on their new-look coaching staff under head coach Katie RobinsonHodgson was promoted to associate head coach and Tapp to assistant head coach.

Hodgson and Tapp both joined the Northwestern program in the summer of 2018, when the school combined its men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs under Jeremy Kipp. Kipp just left the program this year to take over as head coach at USC. His former associate head coach Katie Robinson was promoted to director of swimming & diving and will head up the men’s and women’s programs for the coming season.

Hodgson joined Northwestern as an assistant coach after two years at Virginia Tech. He was an assistant at Northwestern for two seasons, and will now make the jump to associate head coach.

“I am thrilled to be continuing with Northwestern Swimming and Diving as Associate Head Coach, Hodgson said in the school’s press release. “Since day one here with the Wildcats I knew the potential we hadand I am excited to help continue the momentum we have built. I want to thank Director of Swimming and Diving Katie Robinson, as well as Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Dr Phillips for this opportunity. Go ‘Cats!”

Tapp was an assistant coach last season. The Canadian Olympian and former Arizona swimming standout had previously coached at Wisconsin. After two seasons as an assistant at Northwestern, he’s being promoted to assistant head coach.

“I am beyond thrilled to continue working with the staff and student athletes in the Wildcat family at Northwestern,” Tapp said in the school’s press release. “I want to thank Katie for this opportunity, and I look forward to building upon our successes and achieving new heights as a team. Go ‘Cats!”

Northwestern’s coaching roster still includes Kris Jorgensen as the program’s diving coach. That leaves the Wildcats with four coaches and still up to two coaching positions vacant:

The other member of Northwestern’s coaching staff last year, assistant coach Megan Hawthorne, followed Kipp to USC.

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Mr. Lahey
3 years ago

Congrats to Jake! Hoped he would be rehired to the new staff. Great coach and amazing person!

3 years ago

This clears the air about where Hodgson will be coaching – remaining at Northwestern with Robinson rather than following Kipp and Hawthorne to USC. Next move is for Kipp to fill what is thought to be a remaining opening coaching spot on the Trojan staff. Right now USC has 3 swim coaches and a diving coach. I think there’s a spot for one more coach. My guess is he’ll look for a distance guru with recruiting chops to take over for Catherine Kase who moved on to Boise.

Graham Wardell
3 years ago

Great news for Andy, a great coach and all round good guy

A Guy
3 years ago

Now who does she bring in to fill out the staff

Former Big10
Reply to  A Guy
3 years ago

Wonder if she’ll stay local, and hire any of the great club coaches?

Reply to  Former Big10
3 years ago

Alexis Keto!!!

3 years ago

Smaaaaart Moves By All Parties! Watch our SEC and PAC 12 the B1G is getting DEEEEEP!

Reply to  B1Guy!
3 years ago

Yea we shaking under our rat-skin hats

Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
3 years ago

Biggest troll account in swimswam history

Former Big10
Reply to  bigtenstandout
3 years ago

Love how the mods allow the account to keep posting troll comments.

Reply to  Former Big10
3 years ago

Can’t call out a coach for comments about himself, but this person can say whatever….Swimswam’s moderating is not consistent.

Rick Paine
3 years ago

Jake has been one of the best recruiters in college swimming.

3 years ago

well deserved for andrew! one of the best out there

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