UNC announced that Dr. Kirk Grand would be heading to Chapel Hill as assistant coach, following previous stops at Indiana and Auburn.
“Although my departure isn’t super timely, we’ve both benefited from the experience,” the veteran coach Skinner said in a statement to SwimSwam.
Six Division I head coach positions remain open as the wild NCAA offseason finally starts to slow down.
Gabhart is the second Indiana freshman from Bloomington South High School to seek a transfer.
Skinner, current Alabama senior associate head coach, will take the new Alabama head coach Stickel’s old job at Indiana University.
Another coaching domino has fallen with even more ripple effects elsewhere in the NCAA: Illinois State has hired Indiana University assistant Caitlin Hamilton as the new head coach of their women’s swimming & diving program. That move also leaves Indiana down three assistants from last year’s staff.
Three days after Morgan Scott entered the NCAA transfer portal, freshman teammate Julia Wolf has followed suit.
Dunleavy will pursue other interests after two years with Cal.
Grand was at Auburn for five years before spending last season at IU.
Caeleb Dressel is the clear favorite in the men’s 50 free at the 2018 U.S. National Championships.
Purdue head swim coach Dan Ross dropped an unofficial announcement this morning that Purdue will be hosting an “all star meet” between the Big Ten and ACC on November 9th-11th.
Grand’s arrival will coincide with the transfer of U.S. National Teamer Zach Apple, who trained under Grand at Auburn but will join Indiana for his senior season.