Notre Dame’s Matt Tallman Taking Indefinite Leave of Absence

Coaching shakeups continue at Notre Dame as the school announced men’s head swimming & diving coach Matt Tallman will be taking a leave of absence beginning immediately.

Tallman was in his second season as the head coach of the Fighting Irish men’s program. He was a longtime assistant to the team, then took over the head coaching role when Tim Welsh retired back in 2014.

Meanwhile, the women’s program has had its own similar set of shakeups. Coach Brian Barnes bowed out in the early stages of last season, resigning for personal and family reasons. With Barnes announcement coming in September, the program turned back to Welsh, who came out of retirement to lead the women’s program for a year.

Notre Dame then hired UNC Tar Heel assistant Mike Litzinger as their new women’s head coach for the future of the program. Litzinger is in his first season in that role.

Now Litzinger will take over leadership of both the men’s and women’s programs at Notre Dame after the announcement of Tallman’s leave of absence, which the school terms as “indefinite.”

In other coaching restructuring, the team’s former operations specialist Joseph Spahn will move into an assistant coaching role.

The team has some time to adjust to the new coaching structure – both the men’s and women’s programs won’t compete again for almost a month, taking on the University of Virginia on the road on January 8 and 9.

You can view the Notre Dame press release about Tallman’s leave of absence here.

Leave a Reply

10 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
11 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Does this have anything to do with assistant coach Tim Lane leaving last month?


I know Coach Tallman has a lot of personal issues going on and needs to take the time to get through it. He is a great coach and look forward to getting him back on the deck soon.

Mike Keeler

Matt is dealing with some personal issues. Let’s be supportive. We’ve all been there.

About Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!