Tennessee Hires Army’s Bret Lundgaard as Assistant

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, May 16. HEAD swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich announced the addition of Bret Lundgaard as an assistant coach for the recently combined men's and women's program.

Lungaard joins Tennessee after spending the last three years as an assistant with Army, where he served as recruiting coordinator and also primarily trained freestylers and individual medley swimmers.

“Bret is one of the most impressive young coaches that I've ever encountered,” Kredich said. “He's very knowledgeable, he has a great way of communicating with people, and has a proven record of coaching and recruiting effectiveness at the United States Military Academy. He has exemplary recommendations from officials at one of our nation's most rigorous and prestigious institutions.”

As the recruiting coordinator, Lundgaard helped the Black Knights land the program's best signing class for the men (2010) and the women (2011) in more than a decade, and both programs enjoyed steady improvement during his stay at West Point. The men finished third of 20 schools in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships this season, while the women finished sixth of 19.

Prior to his post at Army, Lundgaard was the assistant coach for Boulder City (Nev.) High School in 2008-09, helping the team to a fourth-place finish at the state championships. He was also an assistant coach with the Desert Storm Swim Team, a club that has produced Olympic Trial qualifiers.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Bret's character, work ethic, and ability at the University of Tennessee,” Kredich said. “He's going to play a key role in establishing our men's and women's teams among the premiere swimming and diving programs in the country.”

A native of Las Vegas, Lundgaard was a collegiate swimmer at Washington from 2005-2008 and was voted team captain his junior and senior seasons. He earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors all four years of his career and also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-yard butterfly.

He earned bachelor's degrees at Washington in communications and marketing.

Lungaard is Kredich's first hire since being named head of the combined men's and women's swimming and diving program in April. He had spent the previous seven years as the women's head coach, leading the Lady Vols to a seventh-place NCAA finish last season.

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