EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern has named Jeremy Kipp as its Director of Swimming & Diving, Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips announced Friday.
“We are elated to welcome Jeremy to Northwestern,” said Phillips. “After a rigorous, comprehensive, national search, there was no doubt about the right fit for our University. This new structure, with a singular leader overseeing both our men’s and women’s teams, is one we are confident will streamline the Wildcats’ development into the championship program we all believe it can be. Jeremy's resume speaks for itself with back-to-back conference championships and three-straight coach of the year awards. We are excited to watch the impact he will make on the world-class experience of our young men and women."
Kipp brings a depth of experience and success with him to Evanston. The three-time Mountain West Coach of the Year has been at the helm of the Boise State women’s swimming and diving program since the 2016 season, and led the Broncos to back-to-back conference titles in 2017 and 2018. Away from the pool, Kipp established a culture of success in the classroom with more than 100 academic all-conference honorees and consecutive perfect-1,000 Academic Progress Rates.
“Today is an exciting day for me and for my family,” said Kipp. “The opportunity to join a university like Northwestern, one of the top institutions in the nation and a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, is a humbling honor. I am so thankful for the Boise State student-athletes, coaches and staff I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the last three years, and extremely proud of what we accomplished together. Thank you to President Schapiro, Dr. Jim Phillips and the entire search committee for their consideration and trust. Suzanne, Jonathan, Patrick and I are thrilled to join the Wildcats family.”
During Kipp’s three-year tenure at Boise State, the Broncos broke 16 school records, captured 26 conference titles and boasted 120 all-conference athletes. In 2017, he guided the team to a 36th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the program’s best mark in history. Boise State was one of 16 programs nationally to qualify four or more relay teams for the NCAA Championships in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to arriving in Boise, Kipp spent eight seasons, three as an assistant and five as the head assistant, at the University of Southern California coaching both the men’s and women’s teams. Both programs finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championships from 2011-15, and he helped the men of Troy capture the 2015 Pac-12 title, its first since 1979. Kipp signed Top-5 men’s and women’s recruiting classes for seven straight years at USC and mentored 107 All-Americans and 38 individual NCAA Champions.
Before taking the job at USC, Kipp spent eight seasons (1999-2007) on the men’s and women’s swimming staffs at UC Santa Barbara, where he handled the middle distance and stroke groups, producing numerous NCAA Championships qualifiers. More than 20 of his Gaucho swimmers went on to U.S. Nationals, while one earned NCAA All-America honors.
Kipp also has national and international coaching experience, mentoring 25 Olympic qualifiers who have gone on to earn 17 medals.
After spending time with the Polish National Team at the 2013 European Short Course Championships, he coached two years with the Austrian National Team in 2010-11. There, he was the personal coach for Olympian and Austrian team member Markus Rogan at the 2011 Short Course European Championships where he won gold in the men’s 200 IM, as well as at the 2011 Short Course World Championships in Dubai, Arab Emirates, where Rogan won bronze in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke.
Kipp also served as the personal coach for Oussama Mellouli (Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1500m) of the Tunisian National Team at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy, where he won seven gold medals as he prepared for the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. Kipp also spent two weeks on the isle of Sardinia prepping Mellouli for the 2009 World Championships where he won a bronze, silver and gold in the men’s 400m, 800m and 1500m, respectively.
Kipp competed collegiately at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania from 1994-98, serving as team captain during the final two years. He graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English. Kipp later earned a Master’s of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University in 2003. Kipp and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons, Jonathan and Patrick.
Courtesy: Northwestern Athletics