SSPC: Rutgers Coach Maccoll Explains Redshirting Significant portion of Team

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Jonathan Maccoll, head coach of the swimming and diving program at Rutgers University. SwimSwam reported last week that Rutgers would be redshirting a significant portion of its team this year, and Maccooll was kind enough to explain the reasoning behind this. In short, because things are ever-changing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Maccoll says every athlete’s situation is different and the decision to redshirt this season is extremely fluid for whether it makes sense for that athlete or not.

Music: Otis McDonald


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1 month ago

Jon seems to be a wonderful coach, and it is apparent in this interview. His willingness to do what is best for each of his athletes individually is impressive. He also recognizes that his athletes have goals outside of swimming and is proud of them for working towards those. I also appreciate the fact that he wants swimmers to find the best fit for them in a school even if that means going somewhere else. If I were a parent, I would definitely want my swimmer swimming for someone like him.
Also, it was great to hear how supportive the Rutgers administration has been. Having a supportive athletic director and staff is so critical to a team’s success.
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Human Ambition
Reply to  DMSWIM
1 month ago

He is a very smart guy. One of the most impressive coaches I have ever met.

I firmly believe in this modern way of building a program. Also great to have this support from the A-Dept.

Reply to  DMSWIM
1 month ago

This guy should be a used car salesman in Newark.

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Alec Scott
Reply to  DMSWIM
1 month ago

Jon recruited me when he was an assistant at UNLV. Had a very positive experience getting to know him and when I decided to follow a dream opportunity elsewhere he couldn’t have been nicer.

Reply to  Alec Scott
1 month ago

Yes, it’s a smart way to operate. Don’t burn bridges with recruits because you never know when they might be looking to transfer or what club teammates they might recommend you to. Glad you found your dream opportunity!

Jeff Dugdale
1 month ago

Excellent Interview. Thank you for sharing Coleman and Jon. It sounds like Rutgers is tethered to some solid values.

Jonny B Good
1 month ago

It’s no coincidence that success follows Coach Maccoll wherever he goes! He has experienced success at every level of competitive swimming. Jon seems to have his Scarlet Knights poised to make a big impact in the Big Ten in the very near future. Keep up the great work coach!

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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