Notre Dame Head Coach Chris Lindauer on Building Up a Program in South Bend

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Chris Lindauer is the new Peterson Family Head Swimming Coach at Notre Dame. He joined the SwimSwam podcast to discuss that title and his new job in South Bend, Indiana. Chris was a long-time assistant coach at Louisville under Arthur Albiero but is stepping into his first head coaching role with the Fighting Irish. In this discussion, we talk about the differences as a head coach and what he’s learned from one of the best in the business.

One of the first things Chris has done to help with the transition is to hire two trusted assistants in Kameron Chastain and Kelsi Dahlia. He talks about not only what makes them the right fit, but also such great assets to the program. Chris also gets into some specifics about sets. He talks about a go-to 100-pace set long course as well as some fun sets, including one vertical kick challenge that many coaches are sure to steal.

As a family man, he discusses finding the balance in life with so many priorities. He also points out the benefits that family can bring to your coaching. There is a ton of great stuff to take away from this 40 minutes or so with Chris Lindauer. Enjoy!


Music: Otis McDonald

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5 months ago

Really excited to see what this new coach and his staff can do with this team in the next few years!

Texas A&M Swim Fan
5 months ago

Not a Notre Dame fan but wish the guy the best of luck in his endeavor!

Jeff Rosengarten
5 months ago

Excited for this new era of Fightin Irish swimming. There is no reason the swim program can’t be top notch. The resources are there. ND has arguably the greatest athletic department in the country. Looking forward to see what’s to come.

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