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Aaron Mahaney
Aaron  Mahaney

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Michigan State '02


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Aaron Mahaney, formerly an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will begin his second year as a part of the Penn State swimming and diving coaching staff.

"Mahaney brings a great knowledge for distance swimming," head coach John Hargis said. "He is a young man who is hungry and thirsty for knowledge."

Mahaney previously served as the assistant coach at Hawaii dating back to the 2005-06 season. While at Manoa, he coached distance freestyle, butterfly and individual medley events. Hawaii tied Penn State for 23rd overall at the NCAA Championships in 2008.

A graduate of Big Ten rival Michigan State, Mahaney holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports psychology. While at East Lansing, Mahaney was Freshman of the Year and Most Valuable Performer in 2002. He also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Swimming Olympic Trials.

Before moving to Hawaii, Aaron was the head intramural swim coach at the University of Georgia from 2004-05. During that time, he taught as a physical education substitute teacher at the Clark County School District.

Mahaney began his coaching experience in his hometown of Easton, Pa., where he was an assistant coach at Lafayette College for two years.

"Aaron has great contacts and uses his peers nationwide to learn," said Hargis. "He is a Pennsylvania native who knows the state well and should be a valuable tool in recruiting."

Mahaney is a two-time swimming scholastic All-American. He is a registered coaching member of USA Swimming.


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