LSU Names Kevin Clements Assistant Coach

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, June 18. KEVIN Clements, who served as an assistant coach at Maryland for the past three seasons, has joined the LSU swimming and diving coaching staff, head coach Adam Schmitt announced Wednesday.

Clements will serve as the recruiting coordinator of the men's program and play a pivotal role in the training and development of current swimmers on both teams.

"I am truly excited to have Kevin join our staff," Schmitt said. "He is going to bring a level of success to our program with his extensive collegiate and international swimming success, as well as on the deck with his coaching expertise."

His enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport of swimming will definitely carry over to the athletes.”

Clements, a 14-time NCAA All-American at Auburn from 1999-2002, returns to the Southeastern Conference in a coaching capacity six years after concluding one of the most decorated distance-freestyle careers in the Tigers’ illustrious program history.

A member of four SEC championship teams and the 1999 national championship squad, Clements swam to five SEC conference titles and set three school records during his time at Auburn. His program-best marks in the 500 and 1650-freestyle events remain standing today.

Following his sophomore season, the Rowland Heights, Calif., native registered top-five finishes in three events at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Schmitt recruited Clements to Auburn when he was an assistant coach in 1999.

Kevin and I are coming full circle as I was responsible for recruiting him to Auburn and saw first-hand his accomplishments in the water,” Schmitt added. “Now, having him here at LSU, he understands my winning mentality and will only intensify our staff’s desire to succeed at the highest level.”

After his stellar collegiate career, Clements swam professionally for Speedo while training with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. During his professional career, he won the national championship in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2004 Spring Nationals and recorded the third-fastest 200-IM time in U.S. history.

Clements joined the Maryland coaching staff in 2005 after a head coaching stint with the Roland Run Stingrays and Mariners Swim Club. In his first year with the Terrapins, he coached Sasha Malanina to an ACC Championship finish in the 400 IM.

Clements is married to the former Jaqi Philipps.

Special thanks to LSU for contributing to this report.