Dani Korman Joins Cal Women’s Swimming as Assistant Coach

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Dani Korman will join the Cal women’s swimming & diving program as an assistant coach after serving the past four season as the head men’s and women’s coach at MIT, Golden Bear head coach Teri McKeever announced Thursday.

“I am excited to add Dani to our program here at Cal,” McKeever said. “She understands the breadth it takes to run a program, having gained valuable experience as a head coach managing both men’s and women’s teams. Dani has also worked at several elite academic institutions and appreciates the rigor it takes for student-athletes to succeed at a high level. I believe she will help us continue our tradition at Cal and am looking forward to her becoming a part of our team this summer.”

During her tenure at MIT, Korman led the women’s team to four consecutive NEWMAC titles and four straight top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships, including a program-best fifth in 2017. The Engineers placed ninth nationally this past season. On the men’s side, MIT also captured four conference titles in a row and placed sixth at the 2019 NCAA meet with Jay Lang becoming the first diver in school history to claim a national title, taking home first place on the 3-meter springboard. Combined, her teams broke 27 school records and earned 71 All-America awards.

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Among honors received outside of the pool, 10 of her student-athletes collected CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, both the men’s and women’s teams earned CSCAA Scholar All-America awards each year, and Margaret Guo was named the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.

“I would like to thank Teri McKeever for this incredible opportunity to join the Cal swimming & diving family,” Korman said. “Teri has set the highest standard of excellence in the classroom, as well athletically at the national and international level – a standard I am excited to continue to foster. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Teri and to teach, grow and empower the women of Cal swimming & diving as student-athletes and individuals. I cannot wait to get started at Berkeley. Go Bears!”

Prior to her work at MIT, Korman spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Yale women’s swimming & diving program. The Elis improved each year during her tenure, culminating with a third-place finish at the 2015 Ivy League Championships. Yale had three swimmers qualify for the NCAA meet and set numerous school records. The squad also earned CSCAA Scholar All-America team honors all three years.

Before her time at Yale, Korman served as an assistant men’s and women’s coach at Johns Hopkins University from 2008-12, while she was a graduate assistant coach and interim women’s head coach during a stint at Carthage College from 2006-08.

From 2004 through the present, Korman has worked at the Total Performance Swim Camp at Kenyon College and was elevated to the Elite Camp Director last May. She also served as a counselor for the University of Texas Longhorn Swimming Camp in 2007, ’08 and ’12.

Korman is a 2006 graduate of Kenyon College where she graduated with honors as an economics major and was part of two Division III national championship teams. She was a seven-time All-American at Kenyon, set the conference record in the 200-yard butterfly and served as team captain as a senior. Korman earned a master of education degree with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Carthage College in 2008.

Korman joins a Cal program that has placed among the top three nationally each of the past 11 years – the longest current streak in the country. During the run, the Bears have won four NCAA championships (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and were the national runner-up last year. Korman replaces Sarah Dunleavy, who decided to pursue interests outside of swimming. She will begin her duties at Cal in early July.

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