Swimming: Jeremy Kipp hired by Northwestern, combining men’s and women’s program leadership

Ella Brockway, Assistant Sports Editor

Swimming and Diving

Northwestern has selected Jeremy Kipp to serve as the director of Swimming and Diving, the athletic department announced in a release Friday.

Kipp arrives in Evanston after three seasons as the head coach of the women’s swimming and diving program at Boise State. He was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year in each of those seasons, and led the Broncos to back-to-back conference championships in 2017 and 2018.

“The opportunity to join a university like Northwestern, one of the top institutions in the nation and a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, is a humbling honor,” Kipp said in the release. “I am so thankful for the Boise State student-athletes, coaches and staff I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the last three years, and extremely proud of what we accomplished together.”

Before taking the helm at Boise State, Kipp spent eight seasons on the staff of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs at Southern California. Kipp also spent eight seasons from 1999 to 2007 coaching the middle-distance and stroke groups at California-Santa Barbara.

The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania graduate also has experience coaching at the national and international levels, having worked with swimmers on the Polish, Austrian and Tunisian national teams between 2009 and 2013.

As director of Swimming and Diving, Kipp will oversee both the men’s and women’s programs, athletic director Jim Phillips said in a statement. NU previously had separate coaches for each program; women’s coach Abby Steketee officially resigned April 11 and men’s coach Jarod Schroeder did the same just two days later.

Northwestern is now the ninth Big Ten program to field a combined men’s and women’s program under one coach.

“This new structure, with a singular leader overseeing both our men’s and women’s teams, is one we are confident will streamline the Wildcats’ development into the championship program we all believe it can be,” Phillips said in the release. “We are excited to watch the impact he will make.”

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