Jarod Schroeder Steps Down As Men’s Head Coach At Northwestern

Northwestern team members anxiously watch their A- 400 free relay as they attack the pool record.
Photo Courtesy: Katie Branch

The Northwestern Athletics Department announced on Friday, April 13th that Jarod Schroeder, the head coach for Northwestern’s men’s swimming and diving program, would be stepping away from that role. This comes just a few days after Northwestern women’s head coach Abby Steketee would be stepping away from her role as well.

According to a press release from Northwestern’s website, Schroeder will be stepping away from the program to pursue graduate school full-time. Schroeder has coached at the Northwestern in some capacity for sixteen seasons, including the last nine as head coach of the men’s program.

Most recently, Schroeder mentored U.S. Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky, who left Northwestern as a five-time All-American and in 2016 became the first U.S. swimmer to qualify for the Olympics in both the open water and pool events. You can see the full press release from Northwestern University below:

Northwestern men’s swimming and diving head coach Jarod Schroeder will step away from leading the program in order to pursue a graduate degree full-time, the University announced Friday.

“We are extremely grateful for Jarod and his dedication to our men’s swimming and diving program,” said Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips. “For nearly a decade, his student-athletes and staff have been great representatives of Northwestern University. We wish Jarod and his family all the best moving forward.”

Schroeder spent nine seasons as the head coach of the Wildcats, following one season as an assistant with the program. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern from 2000-06.

“I am so appreciative for the opportunity that Northwestern and Dr. Phillips have provided me,” said Schroeder. “Thank you to all the world-class student-athletes, coaches and administrators I’ve had the privilege of working with during my time here. I hold this University in the highest regard and look forward to seeing the continued progress this swimming and diving program makes in the future. My family and I are excited about this next chapter in our lives.”

Northwestern will conduct a national search for the Wildcats next head coach.

Press release courtesy of Northwestern Athletics. 


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