Queens Head Coach
USA National Team Coach / Four-Time NCAA Coach of
the Year /Six-Time Bluegrass Mountain Conference Coach of the
Jeff Dugdale begins his eighth year in charge of the Queens
University of Charlotte men's and women's swimming programs in
For the fourth consecutive season, the Queens University of
Charlotte men's and women's swimming teams were crown NCAA Division
After the conclusion of the NCAA Championships, Dugdale was honored
with his fourth Coach of the Year award as the NCAA selected him as
the recipient of the Women's Swimming Coach of the Year. The award
is the fourth national coaching award for Dugdale who was named
both the men's and women's coach of the year in 2014-15 and the
men's coach of the year following the 2016-17 season.
Junior Marius Kusch also earned national accolades as he was
selected as the NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year for the second
straight season. The Kassel, Germany native won a total of seven
event championships, including four individual events and three
relay races. Kusch was also a part of two NCAA record swims,
setting the mark in the 200-Yard I.M. (1:41.61) and swimming the
third leg of the 200-Yard Medley Relay (1:24.83)
In total, the Royals collected 17 event crowns and set seven NCAA
Division II records during the four-day meet. The women's team now
holds a total of 10 NCAA Division II records, while the men hold 13
of the 19 NCAA Division II top marks.
Of the 10 total records for the women, three marks were reached
during the NCAAs and a total of four top times were set during the
2017-18 season as senior McKenzie Stevens set a record with her
swim in the 200-Yard Butterfly at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference
Championships, only to break her own record in the NCAA
Championships. For the men, Queens registered four NCAA record
swims during the meet.
Queens also tallied 73 All-American swims, including 51
All-Americans and 22 Honorable Mention All-Americans to set a new
The Royals were also crowned Bluegrass Mountain Conference
Champions for the fourth year in a row, where Dugdale was named as
both the men's and women's BMC Coach of the Year after the meet,
his third such award from the conference.
Wingate Head Coach
Wingate University head men’s and women’s swimming
coach Kirk Sanocki has
coached the Bulldog women’s team for 17 seasons and the
men’s team for 13 seasons. Last season, the Wingate women
finished third at the 2017 NCAA national meet. The 2017 meet marked
the third consecutive year the Bulldogs have brought home team
hardware (WU was third in 2015 and second in 2016). On the
men’s side, the Bulldogs jumped 10 places on the team leader
board from their 2016 appearance, scoring 198 points to finish
sixth at NCAAs.
Wingate won the national championship in the women’s 800
Freestyle Relay at the 2017 NCAA meet. The quartet returns intact
for the 2017-18 season with graduate student Alex
Divelbiss, senior Maria Madsen, junior
Hanna Van Horen and sophomore Abby
Kosic hoping to have a chance to defend their crown.
Divelbiss was the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year
and Swimmer of the Meet as the Bulldogs took second place in the
league meet. The Wingate men were also second in the 2017 BMC
In June, Wingate was the only NCAA Division II school with three
swimming student-athletes on the 2017 Academic All-America®
at-large teams (as selected by CoSIDA): Vika
Arkhipova, Lucas Cuadros and
Leif-Henning Kluver. With these selections,
Wingate Swimming has 25 student-athletes who have earned Academic
All-America® at-large team distinctions from CoSIDA.
On the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) team
charts, the Wingate women posted a 3.49 GPA. The Bulldog men had a
3.36 GPA. Both WU swimming teams were recognized as Scholar
All-America teams by the CSCAA in 2017.
The Wingate women’s swimming team finished a school-record
second in the 2016 NCAA Division II national championship meet.
Sanocki was named the NCAA Division II
women’s swimming Coach of the Year by his peers. The Bulldog
men finished 16th at the season-concluding meet, only 4.5 points
behind number 15 Indianapolis.
The Bulldog women won six 2016 national titles (three relays, three
individuals). Armony Dumur (’16) led the way with
four gold medals (one individual, three relay). Senior
Vika Arkhipova won a relay gold
medal (400 Medley Relay) and an individual gold medal (200
Senior Jessika Weiss won two
relay gold medals, joining Arkhipova on the 400 Medley
Relay and starting Wingate’s championship haul by swimming a
leg on the 200 Medley Relay. Senior Caitlin
Coughlin earned a national title by playing a role on
Wingate’s 200 Freestyle Relay quartet. The Wingate University
swimming program has
40 national championships entering the 2017-18 season.
Wingate set NCAA Division II records on the way to victories in the
200 Medley Relay (1:39.90), the 400 Medley Relay (3:40.28) and the
200 Butterfly (52.52). Prior to the 2016 NCAA meet, both Wingate
squads finished second at the 18th annual Bluegrass Mountain
Conference championship meet.
Sanocki’s teams receive significant academic
awards every year, both from the College Swimming Coaches
Association of America (CSCAA) and the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Eighteen members of
the WU swimming program were 2016 Scholar All-Americans, as named
by the CSCAA. Both WU squads were named 2016 Scholar
All-America teams by the CSCAA. The Wingate men qualified
with a 3.45 cumulative team GPA, while the Bulldog women made the
list with a 3.37 cumulative team GPA.
The Bulldog women’s swimming team finished third at the 2015
NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships. The Bulldog men
finished 12th, one point behind 11th-place Delta State (Miss.).
Wingate’s men finished 12th (or better) at the NCAA meet for
10 consecutive years. Both Bulldog teams finished second at the
annual Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship meet.
Armony Dumur helped the
Bulldogs claim two national titles at the 2015 NCAA Division II
swimming and diving championships. Individually, Dumur won
the women’s 100 Butterfly with a new national record time of
52.42. Dumur and three teammates touched first in the
women’s 400 Medley Relay with a new school record time of
3:40.28. Dumur set her third 100 Fly national record of the
day with her relay time of 51.99.
In the 2015 NCAA 400 Medley Relay, Dumur’s teammates were
Olga Kosheleva and
Sofia Petrenko. In
addition to Dumur’s new 100 Butterfly national and school
record (in the relay), both Kosheleva and Petrenko
set new school records in the 100 Breaststroke (1:02.12) and 100
Freestyle (50.19), respectively.
became the third WU female to win an individual national title in
2015, joining diver Lindsey Taylor (2012) and
swimmer Maria Vlashchenko
(2008). The Bulldog 400 Medley Relay quartet was the first WU
women’s relay team to earn a national crown. The Wingate
men’s swimming program has 14 national championship swims,
including three by 2012 Olympian Marko Blazevski.
Three Bulldogs received 2015 Academic All-America® at-large
honors from CoSIDA: senior Issam Zeraidi was a men’s
at-large first team selection, while teammate
Lucas Cuadros was a
second team choice. On the women’s side,
Jasmine Arzadon was a
women’s at-large third team pick.
In 2014, the Bulldog teams swept the Bluegrass Mountain Conference
(BMC) titles for the second year in a row. The 2014 crown gave the
Wingate men seven consecutive BMC titles, while the Bulldog women
earned four BMC trophies (2011-14). Sanocki has received the Bob Busby
Award for BMC Coach of the Year 10 times (six men, four women).
In the 2014 NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships, the
Wingate women finished sixth with 230.5 points. Drury (Mo.) won for
the fifth time in six years, compiling 486 points. The Bulldog men
claimed eighth place with 221 points. Drury won for the 10th
consecutive season, posting 569.5 points. Wingate senior Marko
Blazevski won his third NCAA Division II
national title in the 400 Individual Medley at the 2014 NCAA event.
In 2014, seniors Blazevski, Reed Miller and
Valerie Dembny were named
to the Academic All-America® at-large teams for
Wingate sent a school-record 22 student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA
national championship meet. The Bulldog women established a school
record with 242.5 points at the 2013 NCAA meet. The Wingate men
missed a third straight fifth-place finish by three points, as
Wingate recorded 262 points. From 2009-13, only two teams finished
in the NCAA men’s swimming top six each year…Wingate
and perennial national champion Drury.
Sanocki was the 2012 NCAA Division II men’s
swimming Coach of the Year, as selected by his peers in the College
Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Sanocki
helped the WU men tie for fifth place in the NCAA Division II
national championship meet. Wingate had five national champions at
the 2012 national championships.
On the national scene, Sanocki served the second year of
his two-year term as president of the College Swimming Coaches
Association of America (CSCAA) in 2014. In 2010, the CSCAA
elected Sanocki to this role. He has served the
organization in three two-year segments. The first two-year term
was president-elect, while the final two years (2014-15, 2015-16)
were past president.
Outside the pool, Sanocki and his teams host a national-recognized
Special Olympics swimming venue every April. The Bulldogs received
the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence in
2011, recognizing the long-running volunteer service project.
Sanocki has guided the Wingate University Bulldogs
to 11 Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship titles (seven
men’s titles, four women’s championships). He has
earned the Bob Busby Award for BMC Coach of the Year 10 times (six
men, four women). Sanocki resides in Charlotte with his wife
Suzie and their four children:
Kendall and Lilly.
Wingate University's Kirk Sanocki by the
-Sanocki has coached Wingate student-athletes to 339 All-American
-Wingate has 40 national championship swims during his tenure (26
women, 14 men)
-At NCAAs, the Wingate women have earned second place once (2016)
and third twice
-At NCAAs, the Bulldog men have earned fifth place once and sixth
place five times
-Sanocki has guided Wingate to 11 Bluegrass Mountain Conference
-Sanocki has earned the Busby Award BMC Coach of the Year 10
-Sanocki was named NCAA Division II national Coach of the Year
twice (women 2016, men 2012)
-Twenty-five (25) WUSWIM student-athletes have earned Academic
All-America® at-large team honors from CoSIDA
Catawba Head Coach
Michael Sever has been named the men’s and women’s swim coach. Sever comes to Catawba from the University of Maine, where he has served as an assistant coach since 2012.
“I am pleased to bring someone with Michael’s experience to Catawba College,” stated Catawba AD Larry Leckonby. “He has experience at the top NCAA level and has also built outstanding USA Swimming youth programs and Masters programs.”
While at Maine, Sever was involved with all aspects of the NCAA I program. During his three seasons, the Black Bears set 36 new team records and had one NCAA B qualifier. The swim team produced 33 Maine Honor Scholar-Athletes in 2015.
"I would like to express my gratitude to President Brien Lewis, Athletic Director Larry Leckonby, and Associate Athletic Director Craig Turnbull for this opportunity,” said Sever. “My swimming career began in North Carolina and I am thrilled to be back with my family. There's an undeniable sense of community at Catawba and a very talented team of student-athletes. I am eager to bring new vision and leadership to the swimming program and excited about the opportunities ahead."
Sever was the Head Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach at Rhode Island for one year before taking his post at Maine. During that year, he led the team to a fourth place finish at the ECC National Championships out of 51 teams.
A graduate of East Carolina, Sever earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in communications from the ECU School of Design. He did post-graduate work in graphic design at the American College of London in England.
Sever was a freestyle sprinter at East Carolina for three years. Now an avid open water marathon swimmer, he is currently training for a 40-mile marathon swim. Sever is an active member and competitor of U.S. Masters Swimming.
“Michael is an outstanding coach who has the knowledge and work ethic to take Catawba to the next level (nationally),” said East Carolina Coach Rick Kobe. “I anticipate seeing great results immediately.”
He began coaching as a student assistant with the Pirates in 1992-93 then stepped away from coaching as he founded a communications design and marketing company. He returned to coaching in 2009 when he founded Triton Swimming in East Providence, Rhode Island.
Triton is a premier New England US Masters Swimming (USMS) team affiliated with SwimRI. Sever built the team and SwimRI finished third place at the 2012 SCY Championships. He started another Masters team, Black Bear Aquatics in 2013 and expanded with USA Swimming in 2014.
Both Sever and his wife, Victoria, have roots in North Carolina. He is from Shelby, while Victoria is from Jamestown. They have two children, Taylor and Cooper.
Lenoir Rhyne Head Coach
Hired on April 1, 2007, Paul Schiffel became Lenoir-Rhyne's first-ever Women's Swimming Coach and took over the men's program when it came on board three years ago.
Schiffel has coached four All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honorees over the past two years and the program's first-ever NCAA Division II All-American in Chelsea Kyle in 2012 (women's 200-yard butterfly).
After nine seasons, the Bears have showed marked improvement and should be a contender for the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship in the near future.
Schiffel currently serves as the Owner and Coach of the Catawba Valley Aquatics Club and had been the Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams at St. Stephens High School from its inception in 1992 and lasting 15 years.
Schiffel also served as the Head Coach of the Hickory Seahorse Swim Team (1978-84 and 1986-89) and coached a swimmer who later became a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2000 and 2002).
In the 1980s, Schiffel coached several swimmers who qualified for the Olympic Trials and United States Senior Nationals.
Several team accomplishments for Schiffel were the 1985 NCS Short Course Age Group Championship and St. Stephens’ second-place finish in the NCHSAA Championship in 2006.
Schiffel graduated from East Carolina University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and earned his master’s degree in education from ECU in 1981 as well.
Schiffel, a member of the East Carolina Men’s Swimming Team, earned Team MVP honors as a junior and served as an assistant coach for the Pirates from 1975 to 1978.
Schiffel recently retired as a Physical Education Teacher at St. Stephens Elementary School in Hickory, N.C.
SCAD Head Coach
Bill Pilczuk is entering
his fourth year as the head coach for the men's and women's
swimming after being hired in August 2015. In his first year at the
helm Pilczuk led the women's swim team to its third NAIA National
Championship in program history while finishing as runner up with
the men's program. In 2017, both the men and women finished
the season as runner's up. In 2018, the women again, regained
their national title, while the men finished as runner
Prior to being named
head coach, Pilczuk served as an assisant coach at SCAD for two
season. Pilczuk has helped lead both the men's and women's team to
top five finishes at the NAIA National Championships in 2014 and
2015. The men's team finished third in both seasons, while the
women's team earned back-to-back NAIA National Runner-Up
Pilczuk graduated magna
cum laude from Auburn University in 1994 and received a
master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 1998. He was the
1998 World Champion in the 50m freestyle, and gold medalist in the
Pan Pacific Games. Pilczuk held the American Record in the 50m
freestyle in 1999, as well as a member of the 4x50m medley relay
world record team in 1996. He was a 5-time USA National
Champion in the 50m free, and as an undergrad, Pilczuk was a 3-time
NCAA division 1 All-American, under coach David
Pilczuk is originally
from Cape May, NJ, and attended Lower Cape May Regional High
School, swimming for the Wildwood Crest Dolphins swim team under
coach Dave Hart.
Carson Newman Head Coach
Coach Jordan Taylor helped the Carson-Newman Men’s & Women’s Swimming earn an invitation to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis for the first time in 2014-2015; where five of the nine swimmers left the Championships with All-American honors and all nine were named Honorable Mention All-Americans. The Eagles finished the dual meets undefeated with a record of 5-0. Through the duration of the season, school records in 33 events were set at least once. The women’s team finished 15th in the nation, while the men finished the year in 18th according to the CSCAA pool. In total, the Eagles accumulated 33 All-Conference titles by 11 athletes, five All-Americans and four Honorable Mention All-Americans.
Taylor specializes in the middle distance and stroke specific athletes for Carson-Newman Swimming, training various groups of athletes 10 times per week in the of areas of aerobic/anaerobic capacity and power.
Taylor comes to Carson-Newman from Edinburgh, Scotland where he was the lead coach of the Warrender Baths Club, Scotland's most successful and largest swimming club. He coached a squad consisting of 19 domestic and international swimmers.
Competitively, Taylor garnered multiple Great Britain national titles in multiple events. He also swam for the Great Britain national team during his career. He was ranked the third-best swimmer in his age group. During his time at University of Edinburgh, the school's swimming program won the national title in 2010.
He earned his college degree at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with honors and with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Applied Sports Science.
Salem University Head Coach
The Salem University Department of Athletics announced Monday
several changes within the aquatics department. Rick Johnson joins the Tigers' staff as the
new men's and women's swimming coach and assistant aquatics
Johnson takes over both swim teams as they head into their
second-year of competition. He will be assisted on the men's side
by Aquatics Director and Head Men's Water Polo Coach Robert Bullion, who guided the SIU swimming programs
last season. Kassab, who is in his second-year with the
Tigers, will assist with the women's swimming program in
conjunction with his head coaching responsibilities.
Teddy Guyer has been the coach of the Mars Hill Lions swim
program since its inception in 2005. Guyer brings over 30 years of
experience in coaching and aquatics to the Lions. As a college
coach, Guyer has compiled a record of 315 wins to only 71 losses in
dual meets and as the Coach of Mars Hill University his record is
169 wins to only 35 losses. He has also been named Coach of the
Year seven times, five of them coming as coach of the Lions (06-07,
08-09, 12-13, 15-16, 16-17). Guyer received the Certificate of
Coaching Excellence by the American Swimming Coaches Association
(ASCA) in 2013.
Last year's Lions swim team had a great year and saw 10 school
records broken and 10 swimmers earn All-Conference recognition.
During his twelve years at Mars Hill, Guyer has coached 73 All
Conference Swimmers, has had 16 swimmers make NCAA National Cuts,
and has coached a swimmer to All-American status in 2013 and
All-American honorable mention status in 2011 and 2012. The Mars
Hill men’s team finished the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons
ranked in the top 25 in the Final National standings.
Guyer and his wife Haven have been married for 27 years and have
four sons: TC age 25, Colby age 22, Trace age 15 and Lance age 12.
The family resides in Bethel, N.C.
Alex de la Pena
Alex de la Pena enters his first season at Pfeiffer.
Most recently, de la Pena was the Assistant Director, Swimming
and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cleveland Sports Institute
and has held Division I coaching positions at North Carolina at
Wilmington, Brown University and Monmouth University.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity of coaching the
swim team at Pfeiffer,” commented de la Pena. “It is an
honor and privilege to coach and work with student-athletes at the
collegiate level. The University itself has a lot of positive
momentum and I am glad swimming will be a part of that. I would
like to thank Coach Reasso and the administration for selecting me
for this position.”
As an Assistant Coach at UNC Wilmington, de la Pena coached
several record holders and top-eight performers. In addition to his
duties in coaching, de la Pena assisted with recruiting, workout
plans, organizing team travel, planning summer camps and clinics as
well as teaching in the exercise science program.
After a two year hiatus, the swimming program was reinstated in
January and will renew competition this fall.