Queens (NC) Announces Promotions of Coaches Jon Lau and Nic Eriksson

Courtesy: Queens Athletics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Queens University of Charlotte head swimming coach Jeff Dugdale announced the promotions of Jon Lau and Nic Eriksson on Thursday afternoon. Both coaches completed their fourth seasons at Queens at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season, which resulted in a CCSA championship victory for the men’s team and a third-place finish for the women’s team, as well as an NIC championship for the men’s team. Coach Lau has been promoted to the senior associate head coach, while Coach Nic is now the associate head coach.

“I have seen amazing growth from both Jon and Nic”, said head coach Jeff Dugdale. “I am extremely blessed to have two individuals who believe in Queens and love it. Their leadership and aquatic intelligence have led to amazing results in the classroom, water, and community. It is great to see these two leaders locked in and ready to continue to develop tomorrow’s leaders at Queens, today.”

Jon Lau recently completed his fourth season on the swimming coaching staff, helping coach the men’s team to both CCSA and NIC Championships as well as a third-place finish for the women’s team at the CCSA Championships. His first three seasons with the Royals went about as well as one could ask for, as both men’s and women’s squads concluded the season as Division II National Champions. Queens’ success after the transition to Division I is thanks in part to coach Lau’s years of knowledge and experience.

“Queens University of Charlotte and the swimming program has become home for my wife Amanda, our daughter Regan, and myself”, said coach Lau. “I am humbled to have my role elevated within an already tremendous program. Working alongside Jeff, Bob, and Nic has been a masterclass in coaching that I look forward to everyday. The support that our team receives from our administration and university is unmatched. I am energized to continue guiding our student-athletes to championships in the pool, classroom, community, and life!”

Nic Eriksson also recently completed his fourth season on coach Dugdale’s staff. He joined the staff prior to the start of the 2019-20 season and has also contributed to four national championship victories as well as both teams’ success this past season. His roots with the Royals run deep, as he’s also an alumni; having led Queens to its first national title back in 2015 before graduating at the conclusion of that year.

“I am honored to be able to transition into a new role at Queens”, said coach Eriksson. “I have a deep appreciation for what makes Queens University of Charlotte so special. Since my first steps as a student athlete in 2011, I knew I wanted Queens to become a pillar in my life. The best way to be successful in something is to give, and that is what I plan to do here at Queens. I look forward to continuing to enhance the student-athlete experience through developing leaders in life and/or winning championships. I’m excited for the next steps in the vision of Queens Athletics.”

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Pennsylvania Tuxedo
11 months ago

Jon is an incredible coach and an even better person. Congrats to him AND Queens!

11 months ago

Jon Lau is one of the best coaches in the country!