Penn State Swimming Brings Thad Schultz Aboard as Assistant Coach
Aug. 19, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head swimming coach John Hargis announced on Wednesday the hiring of Thad Schultz as assistant coach. Schultz brings a wealth of experience to the Nittany Lion program, including assistant coaching duties at fellow Big Ten rival Ohio State.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to work at a great university like Penn State," said Schultz. "They have a rich tradition of athletics and great academics. It's going to be a fun experience."
"He brings everything we would be looking for in an assistant," said Hargis. "He's obviously got the college experience. Lately, he's been working with some of the best swimmers in the world. Just to see the levels he's worked at and the success he's had at all those levels makes him an exciting addition to our staff."
Most recently, Schultz served as assistant coach and senior division leader at SwimMac in Charlotte, N.C. While there, he performed a variety of tasks while working with the Age-Group swim program consisting of over 750 swimmers. He worked with three members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, four from the 2004 squad and eight from the U.S.A. National Team Qualifier.
Prior to starting at SwimMac in 2007, he served as Aquatics Director and head coach at Brunswick YMCA in Brunswick, Ga. He was in charge of all aspects of a swim program that featured over 50 swimmers.
Schultz's extensive swimming experience includes collegiate coaching experience at Ohio State from 2000-02. He served as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes, specifically with the men's program. While there, the program had four NCAA Qualifiers, three school records and eight Academic All-Americans. He also helped recruit 15 High School All-Americans.
His collegiate coaching experiences goes back to 1998 when he was assistant coach at Clemson University. Working with the men's and women's swim programs, he helped lead the Tigers to eight NCAA Qualifiers, two ACC records, 10 school records and eight Academic All-Americans while bringing in 22 High School All-Americans.
Schultz began in swimming in 1991 when he worked at the Ohio State University Swim Camp under national team coaches Bill Wadley and Jim Montrella. He also worked the same camp in 1992, `96 and '99.
Schultz has also worked with the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team from 1993-96 and Swim Columbia from 1996-98.
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