Jeremy Kipp Returns To USC As Head Men’s And Women’s Swimming Coach

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  1. Jeremy Kipp Returns To USC As Head Men’s And Women’s Swimming Coach
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    Jeremy Kipp, who spent eight years as an assistant at USC before becoming the head coach at Boise State and most recently at Northwestern, has been named the head coach of the USC men’s and women’s swimming teams, USC athletic director Mike Bohn announced today (May 19).

    Kipp, 42, replaces Dave Salo, who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down at the conclusion of the 2020 season after 14 years as USC’s head coach. Kipp previously served on Salo’s Trojan staff.

    “We are delighted to welcome Jeremy Kipp back to the Trojan Family,” said Bohn. “He was highly regarded during his time at USC as an assistant, then he quickly built a strong program at Boise State and made a remarkable and immediate impact at Northwestern. Recognized throughout the swimming profession as a rising star, he possesses a unique talent to lead, empower and relate to today’s student-athlete, which is consistent with our student-athlete centric leadership model. Jeremy is the right person to elevate our historically successful men’s and women’s swimming programs, and we are thrilled that he is our new head coach.”

    Said Kipp: “My family and I would like to thank Mike Bohn and USC’s senior staff for this opportunity of a lifetime. A special thank you to Fred Uytengsu, who has been a great champion and tireless supporter of Trojan swimming and diving. We are very excited to reconnect with the Trojan Family and share our vision for ensuring the program’s future success. There is no tradition like that of the USC swimming and diving program, one that is near and dear to my heart. I am honored and committed to leading USC to the highest level in and out of the pool. To our current Trojan swimmers and divers, I look forward to our journey together in consistently becoming one of the nation’s top programs.

    “I also want to thank Dr. Jim Phillips, the coaches and the Northwestern athletic department. We were able to accomplish significant strides in two years with the unyielding effort and commitment from the Wildcat student-athletes.”

    Kipp spent the past two seasons (2019-20) as the director of men’s and women’s swimming and diving at Northwestern, where his teams were among the best in program history.

    In the 2020 coronavirus-shortened season, his No. 22-ranked Wildcat men went 8-5 in dual meets, placed fifth in the Big Ten Championships (their highest finish since 2007) while scoring a school-record 665 points and produced seven All-Americans. The No. 25 women were 12-3 in duals, finished fourth at the Big Ten meet (their best since 2002) by scoring a program-high 907.5 points, had a pair of Big Ten titlists in swimmer Calypso Sheridan (winner of the 400 IM and 200 breast to become NU’s first conference swimming champ since 2008) and diver Markie Hopkins (platform), produced 13 All-Americans and won an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the second consecutive year.

    In his first season at Northwestern in 2019, the women were 6-3 in duals, placed seventh at the Big Ten Meet and 27th at the NCAAs, had a pair of All-Americans in Sheridan (she set the Big Ten record in the 400 IM) and diver Olivia Rosendahl (platform), while the men were 6-8 with a ninth place finish at the Big Ten meet.

    Kipp spent the previous three seasons (2016-18) as Boise State’s women’s swimming and diving head coach (the Broncos did not have a men’s team). He was the Mountain West Conference Women’s Coach of the Year each season and led the women to Mountain West titles in 2017 and 2018. His teams produced more than 100 MWC All-Academic honorees and posted consecutive perfect 1,000 scores in the NCAA Academic Progress Report.

    Kipp was on the USC men’s and women’s staff for eight seasons (2008-15), the first three as an assistant and the last five as the head assistant. He worked primarily with the Trojan sprinters and also helped direct USC’s recruiting efforts.

    Both Trojan programs finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championships from 2011 to 2015. During his time, USC turned out 107 All-Americans and 38 individual NCAA Champions, including Rebecca Soni, Katinka Hosszu, Cristian Quintero, Haley Anderson and Vladimir Morozov. He helped sign Top 5 men's and women's recruiting classes for seven straight years.

    USC’s men won the 2015 Pac-12 title, their first since 1979, and placed fourth at the NCAA Championship, with Quintero capturing the 200 free and the Trojans winning both the 400 and 800 free relays for the first time since 1977. The women were third at the Pac-12s, with wins by Kendyl Stewart (100 fly) and Andrea Kropp (200 breast), and eighth at the NCAAs.

    In 2014, USC’s women were fifth at the NCAAs and the men took eighth, with each team producing nine All-Americans. Quintero won the NCAA 500 free and led USC to a victory in the 800 free relay, its first title in the race since 2002. He also won two Pac-12 titles (200 and 500 free) and led USC to wins in the 400 and 800 free relays. Kasey Carlson won the women’s 50 free at the Pac-12s.

    The 2013 men's NCAA fourth-place finish was its best since 2001, while the women were seventh. The teams combined for 21 All-Americans and had NCAA titles by Anderson (500 and 1650 free) and Morozov (50 and 100 free) as well as USC's first 400 free relay title since 1977. The men's and women's squads combined for 12 conference titles, including a men's sweep of all three freestyle relays. The women's team finished second at the Pac-12 meet for the first time since 2002 with a school-record points total.

    In 2012, the men's team had six All-Americans and finished seventh at the NCAAs. Morozov won Pac-12 titles in the 50 and 100 free while Dimitri Colupaev won the 200 free. USC’s women had a third-place NCAA finish, with 12 All-Americans, including two-time NCAA champion Hosszu (400 IM, 200 fly) and Anderson (500 free). The Trojan women also won seven Pac-12 titles.

    In 2011, Kipp's sprinters shattered the Trojan sprinting records. Morozov broke both the 50 and 100 free marks repeatedly while the men's squad knocked down the 200 and 400 free relay records, the latter the oldest standing Trojan record. The women's team broke marks in the 200 free (for the third year in a row) and 50 free. The women finished third at NCAAs while the men were seventh, with a combined 15 All-Americans.

    The Trojan men were 11th at the 2010 NCAAs and had four All-Americans. USC's women finished seventh.

    USC featured four All-American women in 2009, including two-time NCAA titlist Soni.

    In 2008, Vanni Mangoni won the Pac-10 title in the 400 IM and Richard Gosper broke the school record in the 50 free. The women had five All-Americans, including two-time NCAA champ Soni.

    Before coming to USC, Kipp spent eight seasons (2000-2007) on the men's and women's staffs at UC Santa Barbara, where he handled the middle distance and stroke groups, producing numerous NCAA qualifiers. His responsibilities also included recruiting and strength and dryland training.

    A club coach for eight years with Santa Barbara Swim Club, Kipp also coached and served as general manager for the Masters Swim Team there. He also was a faculty member at UCSB in the exercise and sports science department and served as a beach lifeguard in Santa Barbara.

    Kipp also has national and international coaching experience, mentoring 25 Olympic qualifiers who have gone on to earn 17 medals.

    Kipp served as the national team coach for Austria at the 2009 European Championships and was the personal coach for Austrian Olympian Markus Rogan, who won the meet’s 200m IM. Kipp was also a member of Austria's national team at the 2010 Short Course World Championships. He was with the Polish National Team at the 2013 European Short Course Championships.

    Kipp also served as the personal coach for Tunisian Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli at the 2009 Mediterranean Games, where he won five gold medals, and 2009 World Championships, where he won a gold and two silvers.

    Kipp competed collegiately at Bloomsburg (Penn.) University from 1994 to 1998, serving as team captain during the final two years. He graduated from Bloomsburg in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in English. He later earned a master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 2003.

    Kipp and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons, Jonathan and Patrick.

    In 2020 in a season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, the No. 8 USC women were 5-3 in duals and placed third at the Pac-12 Meet, where Hansson won a pair of Pac-12 titles (100 free, 200 IM), Laticia Transom captured the 200 free and the women grabbed a pair of relay victories (400 free for the first time ever and 800 free). Hansson was the Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Year and Nike Agunbiade was the Pac-12 Women’s Freshman of the Year. The No. 21 men were sixth at the Pac-12 Meet. The men and women produced 18 All-Americans.

    USC’s swim program is among college’s most successful, having won nine NCAA men’s team championships and another by the women. Both teams have produced some of the most iconic swimmers in collegiate and Olympic history, including John Naber, Lenny Krayzelburg, Bruce Furniss, Murray Rose and Buster Crabbe on the men’s side and Katinka Hosszu, Rebecca Soni, Kaitlin Sandeno, Lindsey Benko, Kristine Quance and Louise Hansson on the women’s side.
     
       
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