UNC Hires Olympian Mark Gangloff to Lead Swim & Dive Programs

The University of North Carolina has hired Mark Gangloff to lead its men’s and women’s swim & dive programs, replacing the resigned Rich DeSelm.

The move fills arguably the biggest head coaching opening still on the market, after Stanford hired Dan Schemmel earlier this week. Gangloff comes to UNC from Missouri, where he’s spent the past seven years on staff. Gangloff is best-known as a two-time U.S. Olympian, competing in 2004 and 2008 and winning gold medals with the 4×100 medley relay at both Games. He’s risen through the coaching ranks since then, working with the University of Missouri for seven years, and holding the title of associate head coach for the past two seasons.

The coaching situation at Missouri remains unsettled, though, as head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh is under a Title IX investigation, per local media. Gangloff and Andrew Grevers were both associate head coaches, and Grevers finished out the year as interim head coach. There’s still been no word out of Mizzou on Rhodenbaugh’s status, or a long-term change at head coach.

DeSelm had been with UNC for nearly 30 years, but resigned this spring after a cancer diagnosis.

The school announced Gangloff as head coach on Thursday. The full UNC press release is below:

CHAPEL HILL — Mark Gangloff, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most dynamic young leaders in the world of collegiate swimming, has been named the new head coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs at the University of North Carolina. Gangloff comes to UNC after seven years at the University of Missouri where he served as the Tigers’ associate head coach for the last two seasons.

Mark Gangloff is greatly respected in international and collegiate swimming and diving and has a passion for coaching and developing student-athletes,” says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “His swimmers have demonstrated improvement and success, and he is known for his ability to relate with and motivate student-athletes.

“He’s an Olympic gold medalist, captained a national championship-winning team at Auburn and a number of USA Swimming teams in international competitions, and has developed swimmers at Missouri for the past seven years. We look forward to Mark taking our men’s and women’s programs to another level in the years to come.”

“I would like to thank Mr. Cunningham for the opportunity to serve the University of North Carolina as head swimming and diving coach,” says Gangloff. “I am grateful to those coaches, support staff and athletes who have come before me and look forward to honoring them through my work. Building on recent individual successes and a rich history of program excellence, I can’t wait to lead UNC swimming and diving to new heights. The culture of academic and athletic excellence at the University of North Carolina is second to none. I am excited to work with current and future Tar Heel swimmers and divers to achieve their academic and athletic dreams.

“I would also like to thank the University of Missouri, its tremendous coaches, and its administration for helping me to grow as both an individual and as a coach.

“Now it is time to get to work. Go Heels!”

In his seven years at Mizzou, Gangloff led the Tigers to five top-15 finishes at both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships. The Tiger men posted back-to-back top-10 NCAA results in 2016 and 2017, with the 2016 team finishing a program-best eighth nationally and Fabian Schwingenschlogl winning the first NCAA title in school history in the 100 breaststroke. That same year the Tiger women also had an all-time best team finish, placing 11th overall.

Before his time at Missouri, Gangloff spent three years a volunteer assistant coach at Auburn, his alma mater. During his time on the Auburn coaching staff, he assisted with stroke technique, race strategy and strength and conditioning.

From 2007-09, Gangloff coached at Swim MAC Carolina in Charlotte, N.C., where he assisted in the development and implementation of program and training design. He also provided instruction on race strategy and post-race coaching for swimmers ages 10-18.

On the international stage, Gangloff made his first Olympic team in 2004, when he won a gold medal as part of the 400 medley relay in Athens. Four years later he qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games and was part of the 400 medley relay that won gold in Beijing.

At the World Championships, Gangloff was a three-time gold medalist in the 400 medley relay. He also won silver in the 50 breaststroke in 2005 and bronze in the same event in 2009. He was a team captain on both the 2009 and 2011 world teams as well as the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and USA National Championships teams, the 2008 Short Court World Championships team and the 2010 Duel in the Pool, where he helped set a world record in the 400 medley relay.

Additionally, Gangloff participated in the Pan-American Games in 1999, 2003 and 2007, earning gold medals in the 400 medley relay in 2003 and 2007, gold in the 100 breast in 2003 and bronze in the 200 breast in 1999.

As a collegiate swimmer at Auburn, Gangloff helped the Tigers to NCAA team titles in 2003 and 2004 and four straight SEC team titles. Individually, Gangloff earned 12 total All-America honors and won SEC titles in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 and 400 medley relays.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Gangloff earned a degree in criminology from Auburn in 2005. He and his wife Ashley, a former national champion diver at Auburn, have three daughters, Annabelle, Hattie Rose and Kathryn.

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RIP mike westphal


Gangloff for the win!!!


Like I said, UNC was taking it’s time to get a great coach. Oh, by the way, two of their coaches from this year’s team joined Deselm by leaving.


Who besides Sean Quinn left already?


Michael Blum to Gardner Webb. Got it. Hopefully Christy will stick around / be kept.




Not sure this is a ‘win’ for him


???????? Gels like a non sequitur

Stan Crump

Great hire!! Wonder what will happen at Missouri…….

Human Ambition

As much as I know of American college life and the American coaching pool, there is a good chance that excellent coaches will step up and fill shoes in Mizzou and Hawai’i.

Human Ambition

Will be nice to see the program rise

Swim Fan

Agreed, it will take a few years – especially on the men’s side. The attrition, transfers & medical retirements have really taken a toll on the numbers and talent. It’s a shame, but hopefully this is the turnaround they need to to re-energize the program and get UNC back to being competitive in the ACC. Best wishes to Mark!

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