April 7, 2009

McClanahan Named Swimming & Diving Coach

GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado department of athletics announced that Kelly McClanahan has been named the new coach for women's swimming & diving. McClanahan began her head coaching duties on April 6.

McClanahan joins the Bears from the University of Wyoming, where she has been assistant coach since 2005. During her four seasons with the Cowboys & Cowgirls, she has helped guide the team to 12 school records, 57 all-time top 10 swims, four NCAA "B" Standard qualifying times, one World Trial qualifying time and four US Open/Summer National qualifiers - and that's just the sprint teams.

"We have the opportunity to add another very talented coach to our athletic staff in Coach McClanahan," said Director of Athletics Jay Hinrichs. "Not only does she bring tremendous experience to our programs but she is dedicated to excelling in the classroom with her student-athletes as well."

McClanahan also managed the sprint training for freestyle and long-axis strokes for both the men's and women's teams. In her four seasons, 61 swimmers & divers earned Mountain West All-Conference honors and 27 have been named MWC scholar-athletes in the first two years.

"I am very excited about the talent we have to build upon at Northern Colorado," said McClanahan. "The women are very responsive and eager to begin a new chapter in the swimming and diving program.  We all understand that this chapter will have its challenges, which will enable us to enjoy our successes.  I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to grow with this program and university."

Prior to Wyoming, McClanahan was at the College of Charleston where she spent two years as an assistant swimming coach. At Charleston, McClanahan helped guide the Cougar swimmers to 10 school records. Before coaching at Charleston, she spent the 2002-03 season as head coach for the Robindale Woods Swim Team. Prior to that, she spent time with the Knox Central Swim Team and the Colonial Shores Ridge Raiders.

McClanahan has also coached nationally renowned swim camps across the country including both the University of Southern California and Arizona State University's camps.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native swam for three years at the University of Louisville. While at Louisville, she received academic honors all three years of her career and was a part of the fourth ranked Academic All-America team.

McClanahan earned a B.S. in Sports Management, with a minor in Business Administration, from the University of Tennessee in 2001. She earned a Masters of Science Degree in Health and Human Performance from Tennessee in 2003.

McClanahan first swam for the Greater Chattanooga Aquatic Club and was a member of the nationally ranked Baylor High School swim team, where she was a three-time All-American. While at Baylor High School, she contributed to four consecutive state championships and to a national qualifying relay team.