MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, May 6. KYLE Clements has been named the head men's and women's swimming and diving coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Director of Athletics Rick Costello announced today.
Clements was the interim coach this past season, leading the men to a Horizon League Championship and the women to a second place finish in the league. He was also named League Coach of the Year on the men's side.
"Kyle directed both the men's and women's teams to great success this past season and has proven to be an excellent leader for our student-athletes," Costello said. "He has played a big role in building the program to a championship level both as an assistant coach and as the interim head coach and has earned this opportunity. He has a strong commitment to everyone on his team and will push our student-athletes to excellence in the classroom and in the pool."
Clements has been in Milwaukee for the past three years, serving as the top assistant for the program in his first two seasons before taking over head coaching duties last September. He helped the Panther men to their first league crown in 10 years as an assistant in 2010 before leading the team to a repeat title this past February. The women have also now been the league runner-up two-straight seasons.
"I am very excited about our program moving forward," Clements said. "There has been a lot of hard work put in by two staffs over the last three years to get us where we are today, and I am even more excited about the future. I am also thankful and very grateful for the opportunity to be a head coach at this point in my career. I look fondly on the success we have already enjoyed and look forward to many more successes in the future."
During this past season's league championship meet, Clements directed the Panther men and women to seven first-team all-league honors, 13 second-team honors, four Horizon League records, 22 school records, eight freshmen records and a record 15 NCAA `B'-cut times.
Plus, freshman Emily McClellan became the program's first-ever representative at the NCAA Championships when she competed in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM during the three-day meet.
The two teams have also excelled in the classroom under Clements. After the first semester, the women's team pushed its cumulative grade-point average up to 3.195, while the men had a 3.190 GPA – the highest among men's teams in the department. The swimming and diving teams also put a combined 27 student-athletes on the first-semester Horizon League Honor Roll and seven people on the League's Winter All-Academic Team.
"We have a lot of great individuals, both as athletes and people, and they are a pleasure to coach," Clements said. "It is great to be a part of our team, and I wouldn't want to be a part of any other team besides this one."
Clements came to Milwaukee from Marshall University, where he served as the volunteer assistant coach for the women's swimming and diving team in his last season.
Clements earned his undergraduate degree in aquatics from Ball State in 2007, while also minoring in teaching aquatics. He spent four years as a student assistant coach for the Ball State swim team while earning his degree.
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