CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 31. FIRST-year University of Cincinnati swimming and diving head coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle has made a splash with her first new hire, naming 2010 NCAA Champion and former Bearcats swimmer Josh Schneider assistant coach.
“As a decorated alumni and native of Cincinnati, I’m thrilled to welcome Josh back to the UC family,” Commons-DiSalle said. “I’m looking forward to the knowledge and experience he will bring to our program. I’m excited to have him on staff and be able to coach him as he continues his Olympic pursuits.”
Schneider is one of the most decorated swimmers in UC history. He remains the most recent NCAA National Champion at UC, having captured the NCAA title in the 50 freestyle as a senior in 2010. In addition to being a national champion, Schneider was a five-time All-American, a seven-time BIG EAST Conference champion and a two-time BIG EAST Male Swimmer of the Year. He left Clifton with five school records, all of which he continues to hold, in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly.
Schneider has continued to swim competitively since leaving UC, spending time on the U.S. National Team beginning in 2010 when he placed second in the 50 freestyle at the U.S. Championships. He narrowly missed a chance to represent the USA at the 2011 FINA World Championships when he lost a swim-off to teammate Cullen Jones. He also just missed out on the 2012 Olympic team when he reached the finals of the 50 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but did not qualify. Schneider did qualify for the FINA World Championships in 2012, placing sixth in the world in the 50 freestyle. He continues his swimming career with an eye on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and with Commons-DiSalle serving as his coach.
Next week, he will participate in three events at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California. USA Swimming’s national meet runs August 6-10 and Schneider will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, as well as the 50 butterfly. For more on the national championships, visit USASwimming.org.
The Cincinnati native graduated from UC in 2010 with a degree in business. An outstanding athlete, the Taylor High School product earned a total of 11 varsity letters during his prep career in swimming, football, golf and track. In addition to a state title in the 50 freestyle, Schneider also left with school records on the track in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter dash, as well as the football mark for receptions in a season with 46. He garnered national attention in 2012 when he bested Ruvell Martin, a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, in a 40-yard dash on land.
Schneider is the first new hire by Commons-DiSalle, as assistant coach Matt Ense and diving coach Tory McKenna will remain with the Bearcats. Commons-DiSalle has one staff position yet to be filled.
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