August 21, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Queens University of Charlotte
has signed Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Planning and
Leadership Development/ Director of Swimming Operations Jeff Dugdale to a
five-year contract, Queens Director of Athletics Cherie Swarthout announced today.
Dugdale is entering his eighth season with the Royals having joined
the swimming programs in their inaugural season in 2010.
"Jeff's leadership and involvement at Queens from the beginning has been extraordinary," Swarthout commented. "He provides an unrivaled vision for our nationally recognized swimming and triathlon programs. In his associate athletic director role he elevates our administrative efforts and the Royals Athletic Department each and every day."
Dugdale hit the ground running once he stepped foot on campus tasked with putting together a pair of championship-level programs. In just four short seasons his hard work would pay off as the Royals brought home national titles on both the men's and women's sides in 2015. They then went on to follow their performances with national titles in 2016 and 2017 on both the men's and women's sides. The team national titles are the only for any of Queens' 30 teams. Additionally, Dugdale's swimmers have claimed 55 individual national titles bringing the entire department total to 63.
The Queens men's and women's swimming teams have performed well at the conference level as well having won three-straight Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. Patricia Castro-Ortega was named Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year and CSCAA NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Year twice, while the Queens' men have touted the Bluegrass Mountain Swimmer of the Year for six consecutive years and the NCAA Swimmer of the Meet for three straight seasons. In addition, Dugdale has been honored as conference coach of the year a total of four times, while earning NCAA Coach of the Year recognition on three occasions.
Dugdale's squads have been getting the job done outside of the pool as well posting team GPAs well over 3.0 each season. Both teams have been recognized in the top-15 as scholar all-American teams on numerous occasions, while many swimmers have earned scholar all-American honors individually. This past season, both Dion Dreesens and Mckenzie Stevens were named CoSIDA Academic All-America Team honorees.
"I appreciate the confidence that Queens' leadership has shown towards myself and the direction of our program," Dugdale stated. "We value the drive to be progressive, nurturing, and global in our achievements academically and athletically. We have a lot of work ahead of us as we strive to deliver a Rhodes Scholar for the University"
Prior to his arrival at Queens, Dugdale worked at SwimMAC Carolina with David Marsh and Team Elite. In 2012 he assisted in placing five athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team as the director of high performance. The five swimmers returned to Charlotte with six medals, three gold and three silver, from the London Olympic Games.
Dugdale began his coaching career as Marsh's recruiting coordinator at Auburn University. He assisted in coaching 218 all-Americans, 16 academic all-Americans, and one Olympian, while also helping recruit the University's first SEC and NCAA Championship Teams. Before teaming back up with Marsh at SwimMAC, Dugdale spent time with Duke University's swimming programs as an assistant coach.
In addition to his duties at both the coaching and administrative levels at Queens, Dugdale was recently named a USA National Team Coach.
The Royals will kick off their 2017-18 campaign on Friday, September 22 with an intra-squad meet before taking on Davidson College on September 29-30. The women will host the Wildcats on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the men's meet is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Davidson.