University of Miami (FL) Head Coach Andy Kershaw Signs Two-Year Contract Extension

by SwimSwam 1

July 09th, 2024 ACC, College, News

Courtesy: Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami and head swimming coach Andy Kershaw have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season, Vice President/Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich announced Tuesday.

In addition, assistant swimming coach Zach Hinsley has been promoted to associate head swimming coach.

“Andy has been an outstanding leader for our swimming program,” Radakovich said. “His student-athletes continue to excel in the pool and in the classroom. We are excited to have Andy and his staff continue building on our recent success.”

Miami just completed its most impressive season to date under the direction of Kershaw, who will be entering his 12th year at thr helm this fall. A University of Miami alum, Hinsley completed his third season on the Miami staff in 2023-24.

“It is such an honor to represent The U and I appreciate Dan, Carter (Toole), and the university for having faith in me to continue leading these amazing women,” Kershaw said. “I look forward to continuing our progression and cannot wait for the years ahead.”

Last season the Hurricanes scored the seventh-most swimming points with a school-record 391 at ACC Championships. Miami also set 10 school records – including all five relays – over the course of the season and had eight swimmers achieve a combined 15 NCAA provisional standards (to go along with four relays) – the best single-season tally ever.

Giulia Carvalho and Emma Shuppert both qualified for the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in 2024, extending UM’s 15-year streak of scoring points at NCAAs.

“Zach is completely invested in this team and the people who are part of it,” Kershaw said. “He truly cares about their development as people, students, and athletes. His passion has been instrumental in our progress.

“These qualities in combination with his thirst for being on the cutting edge of our sport make him one of the top young coaches in NCAA swimming. At some point he will be a tremendous head coach of his own.”

The Hurricanes posted their best win-loss mark (9-1) since the 2008-09 season, and also won their first midseason invitational in more than 15 years at the SMU Invite. In addition to Miami’s success in collegiate competition, Aino Otava won a Finnish national championship while Carvalho was a bronze medalist at the Brazilian national championships in the last cycle.

Miami will be bolstered by a 2024 recruiting class that ranks as the best in school history and among the best in the nation. All six swimmers signed for 2024-25 and beyond would have scored points at last year’s ACC Championships with their best times.

Tayla Jonker is a South Africa national champion and country record holder in the 50-yard backstroke, while Ashlyn Massey, ranked No. 65 in her class, was a finalist at Canadian Olympic trials. Simone Moll, who also finished on the podium at South Africa National Championships, is ranked among the top 100 prospects across the country. Marissa Inouye, ranked No. 152, was a Junior National A finalist and a Colorado 5A state champion, while Carly Lahr, ranked No. 157, was a VHSL 6A state champion and Junior National qualifier.

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Sinnott
9 days ago

Andy is one of the best coaches, this is a well deserved extension. Keep it rolling, Coach!