Northwestern Swimming and Diving Hires Andrew Hodgson as Assistant Coach

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern Director of Swimming and Diving Jeremy Kipp announced Thursday the addition of assistant coach Andrew Hodgson to the Wildcats’ staff.

Hodgson joins Chicago’s Big Ten Team after serving the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. The former All-American at Florida State spent the four years prior to his time with the Hokies as the head swimming coach at the New Trier Swim Club in local Northfield, Illinois.

“I am so excited for Andrew’s homecoming to the Chicago area as a member of our staff,” Kipp said. “As a former senior chair of Illinois Swimming, Andrew is bringing a wealth of local club swimming knowledge to the Wildcats and as a former head club coach, we know that he is not afraid of being in the trenches. Andrew was a standout at Florida State as an ACC champion and as a member of the British National Team for over seven years, brings international experience to OUR NU pool deck. He is an outstanding guy and a perfect fit for our program.”

“I am so thrilled to be joining the Northwestern family,” said Hodgson. “The first time I met Jeremy and the staff I knew this was the place for me. Being at one of the best universities in the world, in one of the premier locations in the world, is a dream come true. I can’t wait to start working with the student-athletes and continuing to build the legacy of Northwestern swimming and diving. Go ‘Cats!”

As an assistant coach at Virginia Tech the last two seasons, Hodgson helped mentor 19 All-Americans and saw the Hokies break 17 school records. During his time with the New Trier Swim Club, Hodgson qualified multiple swimmers for the USA Junior Nationals and led the team to a top-10 finish at the NCSA Junior Nationals.

Hodgson was a five-time NCAA All-American, a two-time ACC champion in the 200 backstroke and broke an ACC and school record. His time of 1:41.11 in the 200 back as a senior in the NCAA Championships broke the school and conference record.

As a volunteer assistant at Florida State, Hodgson coached swimmers in the middle distance freestyles and backstrokes. The England native swam professionally after graduation and placed ninth in 200 backstroke at the 2009 European Championships. He was ranked 24th in the world at the time of his retirement from swimming.

Northwestern Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips named Kipp the first Director of Swimming and Diving in School history on May 11. Kipp began building his staff by adding assistant coaches Meghan Hawthorne and Jake Tapp earlier this month.

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