Fenwick is one of the most recognizable distance coaches in the country, having spent the last three years as the Head Men's National Team Coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, a premier Gold Medal club team in California.
"When this job opened up, one of my first thought was, `It's time for Tyler Fenwick to come home to Knoxville,'" head coach Matt Kredich said. "In the last three years Tyler has been one of the most productive senior level coaches in the country."
"He has demonstrated a powerful understanding of how to develop swimmers and how to prepare them for international competition, so he's clearly shown his expertise, particularly when it comes to distance swimming."
In Fenwick's first season back at Tennessee, the Vols and Lady Vols enjoyed strong dual meet and championship seasons as a combined program. The Lady Vols won their first three NCAA relay titles on their way to finishing third as a team at the national meet, the best finish in program history. Meanwhile, the Vols took fourth at SECs and 16th at NCAAs, an improvement of six places from a year ago.
In 2014, Tennessee's women again produced a top-10 finish, taking seventh overall at the NCAA championships in Minneapolis. Lindsay Gendron highlighted the meet by winning the bronze medal in both the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly, setting school records in both. The UT men again improved from the year before, finishing 15th in Austin.
Fenwick spent part of the 2014 summer off season working with Tennessee's swimmers at the US olympic training facility in Colorado. UT's touted distance swimmers David Heron and Evan Pinion both returned to national open water competition to prepare for the 2014-15 season.
In three years at MVN he guided 13 athletes to their first Junior National standard, 10 to their first U.S. National standard and 3 to their first US Olympic Trial standard. Since 2010, his swimmers have recorded 58 NAG Top 10 swims, 24 Top 3 swims and seven first-place finishes nationally.
Two athletes named to the US National Team
5k Open Water National Champion
Swimmers take silver and bronze in 10k at Open Water Nationals
Two swimmers named to US Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team
Two swimmers named to US Junior World Championship Team
Junior Pan Pacific Championship gold and bronze medalists
Two athletes named to US National Junior Team
Two athletes medal at Open Water Nationals
Junior National Championship in 1500 Freestyle
Named to US Swimming Western Zone Select Camp Coaching Staff
Named to US National Select Camp Coaching Staff
Volunteer Assistant Coach at US National Team Training Camp in San Diego
"During his time here as a GA, he showed his character, and that's the critical piece to this hire," Kredich said. "Tyler is extremely hard working, caring, loyal, and of the strongest moral fiber. He will help our staff create a vision for each individual athletes' success in the pool and out, and help us create and live a vision for a championship culture at the University of Tennessee."