MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., June 24. UNIVERSITY of Minnesota head men’s swimming coach Dennis Dale announced the hiring of Bill Tramel as head assistant coach. Tramel replaces Kelly Kremer, who became Minnesota's women's swimming co-head coach along with Terry Nieszner. Tramel's duties begin July 1.
Tramel spent the past nine years as the head assistant coach at North Carolina for the Tar Heel men’s and women’s swimming teams. At UNC, Tramel coached over 40 All-Americans and over 35 NCAA individual qualifiers. Tramel directly coached 15 individual Atlantic Coast Conference champions, four ACC Championship meet record holders and 12 school record performers, including assisting with Jessica Perruquet, 2003 200-yard freestyle NCAA champion. He also coached Sean Quinn, who was fifth in the 200 breaststroke at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.
During Tramel’s UNC run the Tar Heels had nine top-20 and five top-15 NCAA finishes. They topped out at 9th in 2001, the first time they had been that high at the NCAAs since 1987. They won seven ACC titles.
Before his stint at UNC, the St. Louis, Mo. native was an assistant at both Georgia and South Carolina, helping both to significant NCAA improvements.
"We are really excited and fortunate to be able to hire someone with Bill's experience," Dale said. "With Bill's nine years as a head assistant coach at UNC, we are very happy to have him as a part of our staff. Bill brings a great deal of knowledge working with middle distance, distance and individual medley swimmers, and I think he will be an excellent addition."
"I am very excited to have such a great opportunity," Tramel said. "I have enjoyed my time in Chapel Hill and I will miss UNC, my friends, athletes and co-workers, however, I am looking forward to coaching at Minnesota. I know a number of people at Minnesota and it will be an easy transition for me. Dennis and I have known each other for many years and Minnesota has been a perennial top-10 team. I look forward to joining the staff and this program."