Jordan Wolfrum Hired As UCLA Head Coach

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UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero has named Jordan Wolfrum the new head coach of UCLA women’s swimming and diving. Wolfrum, who was most recently an associate head coach at Ohio State, is set to succeed retiring head coach Cyndi Gallagher.

“I am excited to welcome Jordan Wolfrum to Westwood as the new head coach of UCLA Swimming and Diving,” said Guerrero. “Having been part of Ohio State’s program for the past five years, I know Jordan comes from an athletic department with an excellent, winning culture and she’s no stranger to high athletic expectations. During the interview process, she impressed us with her vision for where she believes she can take the program and her enthusiasm about the opportunity to join the Bruin Family. I know the future of the program is bright with Jordan at the helm.”

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Wolfrum was initially hired as an assistant coach at Ohio State in 2014 before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2016-17 campaign. She previously made coaching stops as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford and as an assistant coach, associate head coach, and interim head coach at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

“I am incredibly honored and excited for the opportunity to lead the UCLA women’s swimming and diving program,” said Wolfrum. “I am sincerely grateful to Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero and Associate Athletic Director Gavin Crew for entrusting me with this great responsibility and for bringing me into the Bruin family.”

“The legacy of athletic and academic excellence at UCLA is unmatched and I am proud to lead Bruin swimming and diving in carrying on that tradition. Thank you to all past, current, and future Bruins of UCLA swimming and diving. I can’t wait to get started in Westwood!”

During her five-season run in Columbus, the Ohio State women compiled an impressive 48-9 record in dual meets and finished top-25 at the NCAA Championships on four occasions. The Buckeyes finished with just one dual meet loss in three of her five seasons (2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-18), and finished third at the B1G Championships in each of the past two years.

Jordan Wolfrum also helped the OSU men – who began competition prior to 2017-18 – to a 12-4 record over two seasons and a ninth-place finish at this year’s NCAAs.

She had a hand in practically every facet of the Ohio State swim program, serving as the recruiting coordinator while taking the lead on compliance, team culture, academics, and budgeting. She also implemented a student-athlete development program centered on leadership and career growth.

On the pool deck, she worked mostly with the program’s middle distance swimmers, helping produce nine NCAA qualifiers and seven school record-holders.

Jordan Wolfrum had a brief but productive stint with Stanford, helping the Cardinal women to a second-place finish at NCAAs in 2013-14. She worked extensively with the team’s breaststrokers, helping Katie Olsen to a pair of top-five national finishes. The Cardinal set a trio of American records that year and an NCAA record in the 400 medley relay.

Her first collegiate coaching stop came at the College of Saint Benedict, where she spent three years as an assistant coach and one as head coach. She helped the Blazers to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 MIAC Championships. During her tenure, she coached 11 All-MIAC swimmers, including a team-record eight in 2012-13.

As a student-athlete, she was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain at St. Cloud State. Wolfrum helped the Huskies to a Northern Sun Swimming Championship in her senior season and qualified for conference championships four times. She graduated with honors in 2009, receiving a degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics.

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