Arizona State’s Michael Joyce Added To Auburn Staff

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Michael Joyce has joined the Auburn Swimming and Diving coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach Gary Taylor announced on Tuesday. Joyce spent last season at Arizona State after previously spending time alongside Taylor at NC State. This decision coming a day after the hiring of new assistant Duncan Sherrard from North Carolina.

“Mike is young, passionate, energetic and extremely outgoing,” Taylor said. “Mike has a lot of connections not only at the club level but also at the college level. I had the opportunity to get to know Mike during my time at NC State. He was someone that wasn’t scared to get up early and stay up late and he worked hard all day through in between. I want to be surrounded by people with energy and passion and great minds for the sport who see big things for Auburn in the future. Mike is one of those and he is going to be a tremendous asset in coaching, recruiting and every aspect of the program.”

In his only season with the Sun Devils, Joyce helped Arizona State to a 20th-place finish at the men’s national championships and a 23rd-place finish at the women’s meet. Working mainly with the sprint group, Arizona State saw numerous members of the group earn invitations to the NCAA Championships and also saw the school record in the women’s 200 free relay fall.

“Gary and I worked together once before and I know the type of passion, energy and enthusiasm he brings each day and I look forward to being alongside him again,” Joyce said. “I’m aware of the Auburn swimming tradition. It is one that is second-to-none and I’m looking to help the program get back to the place in the standings it is capable of.”

Before making the move to Tempe, Joyce served as the lead Sprint & Middle-Distance Coach for the 2016 Ivy League conference and dual meet champion men’s team at Princeton, assisting 2016 Ivy League Men’s Coach of the Year Rob Orr. He coached four individual Ivy League Conference champions, three conference relay champions, and seven Scholar All-Americans during his time at Princeton as well as seven Olympic Trial qualifiers.

While at Princeton, Joyce directly oversaw all recruiting, team travel, equipment orders, training plans, dry land and out-of-season training, and assisted Orr in all fundraising efforts.

Prior to Princeton, Joyce served as a volunteer assistant coach at NC State during which the men won the 2015 ACC title, with the men’s and women’s teams breaking a combined 45 school records and 15 conference records in his two seasons in Raleigh.

Joyce also has experience as the Head Age-Group Coach/Senior Assistant Coach at Raleigh Swimming Association (2013-15), Gator Swim Club Elite and Age Group Assistant Coach (2012-13), and at his alma mater.

Joyce is a double graduate of the University of Florida, earning his B.S. in Event and Recreation Management (Dec. 2011) and Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration (May 2015). The All-American and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier earned four consecutive NCAA Scholar All-America and SEC Academic First Team honors.

“I’m glad and thankful for the opportunity to get back to the southeast, where my wife is from and we both went to school,” Joyce said.

Joyce is married to the former Kirsten Smith, who was also an All-American swimmer at Florida.

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