Northwestern To Combine Men’s and Women’s Swim Programs

Photo Courtesy: Ailish Dougherty

Northwestern University has posted a job opening for “Director of Swimming and Diving (Men’s/Women’s)” on their university website, indicating that they will be combining their men’s and women’s teams next season.

The head coaches of both programs resigned within a few days of each other, with women’s head coach Abby Steketee stepping down just two days before men’s head coach Jarod Schroeder. Schroeder had been with the program for 16 years, including the last 9 as head coach, while Steketee had been the head coach for the last 3 years.

That will leave Purdue as the only school in the Big Ten to have a split swimming and diving program. Other Big Ten schools that recently combined include Minnesota, Michigan, and most recently Ohio State.



  1. Chris Deible Wehner

    Hasn’t traditionally this hurt the women’s program? BC the true women’s coach is then an “assistant” coach?

Author: James Sica

James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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