Shawn Kornoelje Promoted to Associate Head Coach at Oakland

ROCHESTER, Michigan, June 13. SHAWN Kornoelje, who recently finished his fourth season as assistant coach for the Oakland University men's and women's swimming and diving team, has been promoted to associate head coach, announced by head coach Pete Hovland on Friday.

"Shawn's personal growth and development along with the dedication and loyalty he has shown these past four years to the Golden Grizzly family has led to his promotion to associate head coach," said Hovland. "During his four-year tenure, we have seen a rise in performances both in the pool and in the classroom at an unprecedented level. This is a very well deserved honor and the department's way of showing him the appreciation for all that he has done for our two teams, and the program as a whole, both on campus and throughout our surrounding community. I look forward to many more years of distinguished service."

Kornoelje serves as the recruiting coordinator, academic monitor and works with the distance swimmers. He also assists with day-to-day operations of the swimming and diving program.

"Shawn is an exceptional coach and we are very fortunate to have his talents here at Oakland University," said Director of Athletics Tracy Huth. "Each year he has demonstrated the qualities that are instrumental in being successful at OU and this promotion is well deserving."

This past season, Kornoelje, a resident of Clinton Township, Mich., helped lead the Golden Grizzlies to their 10th straight Summit League championship and the men's program's 29th straight league title. Sophia Gustafsson earned Swimmer of the Year honors for the second straight season under his tutelage and he has also had eight of his distance swimmers earn all-league honors.

Earlier in the season, he was bestowed a special honor when he was awarded the Order of Ikkos Medallion, presented by the United States Olympic Committee. The Order of Ikkos is a special order reserved for the coach of an Olympic/Paralympic medalist. The medallion signifies the highest level of excellence that a coach can achieve. Kornoelje is married to and coaches, Cheryl Angelelli, a world class Paralympic swimmer who won two bronze medals in Athens in 2004 and two silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

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