Pitt Hires Former Auburn Swimmer Kristen Murslack as Assistant Coach

The University of Pittsburgh has hired Kristen Murslack as Assistant Coach for the 2019-20 season. She will join the staff of head coach John Hargis, who was associate head coach at Auburn when Murslak swam for the Tigers.

Murslack will replace departing assistant coach Rebecca Westfall who was hired in July by Coley Stickels to join the University of Alabama coaching staff.

Murslak graduated from Auburn in 2017 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. She was captain of the swim team during the 2016-17 season. Her sister Allison Murslak swam for Pitt, also in the class of 2017 (the sisters are two-thirds of a set of triplets with brother Nathan). At Auburn, she specialized in breaststroke and IM and competed at SECs all four years.

Murslak was a graduate assistant for the Auburn Women’s Soccer Team during the 2018-19 season, while pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Sport Management. She was an assistant coach at Pine Richland Aquatics in 2017-18.

Hargis, a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and 12-time NCAA All-American at Auburn, has been head coach at Pitt since April 2016. During his three years at the helm, Pitt has sent 12 athletes to the NCAA Championships and swimmers have broken all but three school records while divers have rewritten two records. The Pitt men finished ninth at 2019 ACC Championships with 508 points, a big improvement from 2018’s tenth-place finish with 324 points. The Panthers earned seven individual top-10 finishes after placing just one Pitt men’s swimmer in the top 10 at the 2018 meet. The women finished the 2019 ACC Championships in tenth place with 334 points, a slight setback to their 2018 ninth-place finish with 494 points.

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Ray Looze

Great hire

Sunny Cal

Nice first coaching job for someone with no swim coaching experiece before. Dont really see her as very qualified for a D-1 school. Must be her knowing Hargis from her college days that got her in?


How it works in the swimming world! Gotta love it


She’s young and passionate, exactly what Pitt needs. She has experience in club and high school. Kristen will do great things


Kristen is a perfect addition to this staff. She competed at the highest level and with her coaching experience, she will be a great fit for the program. And as always, WAR EAGLE!!

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