Hollie Bonewit-Cron to Head Newly Combined Miami University Program

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Photo Courtesy: Nova Southeastern Athletics

OXFORD, Ohio—Hollie Bonewit-Cron has been named Miami University Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, a position that will oversee both the men’s and women’s teams under a new combined model beginning in 2016-17, Miami Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Tuesday.

“We are excited to welcome Hollie to Miami Athletics,” said Sayler. “Hollie has proven she can recruit, develop student-athletes and build a winning program the right way. Her experience coaching both men and women as well as her knowledge of the Mid-American Conference as a student-athlete makes her the perfect fit for Miami.”

Bonewit-Cron comes to Miami after a seven-year stint guiding the Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s teams, a program she built from the ground up since its first season of competition in 2010-11. Joining the NSU staff in 2009, she quickly developed the Shark program into a powerhouse with the men’s team recently finishing fourth at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships. She also was named the Head Olympic Swim Coach for the country of Grenada where she coached NSU standout Esau Simpson to a new Grenadian National record at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

“I am very excited and thankful to David Sayler and the entire search committee for entrusting me to lead the future of the Miami University Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving program,” said Bonewit-Cron. “I am honored and privileged to take over this newly combined program that has demonstrated decades of success both in the pool and the classroom. This position has given my family an opportunity to be back in our home state of Ohio and I look forward to mentoring both present and future members of the Miami University swimming and diving family.”

During her tenure with the Sharks, Bonewit-Cron received two Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year honors, won four SSC Championships and amassed 12 NCAA Championships from six individual NCAA Champions.

In the program’s six years of NCAA competition, Bonewit-Cron helped NSU garner 61 SSC Championship titles, 66 All-America honors and 85 All-America Honorable Mentions. Under Bonewit-Cron’s tutelage, four swimmers were named SSC Swimmer of the Year, three received SSC Freshman of the Year honors and four were named the SSC Swimmer of the Meet. Additionally, 33 student-athletes were named to the All-SSC First Team and 22 were named to the All-SSC Second Team.

Not only have Bonewit-Cron’s teams been successful in the water, both programs have achieved academic excellence in the classroom. Under her direction, NSU has produced 41 Scholar All-Americans and Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans with seven swimmers boasting CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 At-Large Team accolades. The Sharks also have received Team Scholar All-America honors nine times.

A 16-year collegiate coaching veteran, Bonewit-Cron spent one year as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Miami prior to her time at NSU where she was primarily responsible for overseeing and planning of the daily training regimen of the breaststroke group. She was also certified as an Infant Swimming Resource instructor.

Before her time with the Hurricanes, she spent the bulk of her coaching career (2002-2008) as the assistant men’s and women’s swim coach at the University of Florida. She assisted in coaching and overseeing a wealth of success for the Gators, including 12 NCAA Division I Individual Champions, 50 Southeastern Conference Champions, 198 All-American honors for the women, 222 All-American honors for the men, and five Olympians in two Olympics for a total of 4 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals.

Bonewit-Cron launched her collegiate coaching career at Georgia Southern University in 2000 as an assistant women’s swim coach. She was later promoted to interim head coach, overseeing 28 female swimmers until assuming the position at Florida.

A decorated collegiate swimmer, Bonewit-Cron is no stranger to the Mid-American Conference. She was a three-time First-Team All-MAC selection at Ohio University, swimming for the Bobcats from 1996-00. As a senior, she earned NCAA Division I All-America honors in the 200-meter breaststroke and won six individual MAC titles, leading Ohio to a MAC team title while also becoming a senior national qualifier for the third straight year.

During her four-year career at Ohio, Bonewit-Cron was a 17-time MAC champion. She captured three consecutive titles in the 200- and 400-yard medley relay, the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard individual medley as well as back-to-back titles in the 200-yard breaststroke. Bonewit-Cron set school records in the 400-yard individual medley and MAC records in the 200-yard breaststroke, 400-yard freestyle relay, and the 200- and 400-yard medley relays.

She collected MAC Swimmer of the Meet honors after her junior season in 1999, seizing six MAC titles at the meet. In 2000, she also was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke as well as the 400-yard individual medley. Bonewit-Cron also was named Ohio’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2000 and was later inducted to the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Bonewit-Cron earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University in 2000 and a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2002. She and her husband, Chad, have two daughters, Evalyn (3) and Emersyn (2).

 

The Bonewit-Cron File

2009-16 – Nova Southeastern University (Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach)

2008-09 – University of Miami (Volunteer Assistant Coach)

2002-08 – University of Florida (Assistant Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach)

2000-02 – Georgia Southern University (Women’s Swimming Assistant Coach/Interim Head)

 

Bonewit-Cron By The Numbers

151 All-America Honors won by NSU swimmers

66 First-Team All-America awards captured by NSU swimmers

61 Sunshine State Conference Championship titles won by NSU swimmers

55 Athletes earning All-SSC honors

41 Scholar All-Americans

33 Athletes garnering First-Team All-SSC distinction

12 combined individual national championships won by 6 athletes

9 Team Scholar All-America honors

7 CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 At-Large Team honorees

6 NCAA Championship appearances in as many years

4 Sunshine State Conference Championships

4 Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Meet recipients

3 Sunshine State Conference Swimmers of the Year

3 Sunshine State Conference Freshmen of the Year

2 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year honors

 

Miami University Athletics contributed this report.