BIOGRAPHY & HONORS
Seasons at Tennessee: 12th Season (as of 2016-17)
Seasons as Combined Head Coach: 5th Season (as of 2016-17)
2013 CSCAA National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy
2012 SEC Women's Coach of the Year
2008 SEC Women's Coach of the Year
2005 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year
2004 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year
2003 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year
2002 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year
Entering 2016-17, Matt Kredich is in his 12th season as head coach at the University of Tennessee and his fifth year as coach of the combined men's and women's swimming and diving program.
In 2015-16, the Tennessee men finished seventh at the NCAA championships, the best finish for the program since 2001 and the first top-10 finish since 2009. The women's team took second at SECs -- tied with the best finish in program history -- and 13th at the NCAA meet. The UT women have placed in the top 15 at NCAAs for the last 11 years.
Three swimmers with UT ties qualified for the 2016 Olympic games: rising senior Kira Toussaint (Netherlands, 100 backstroke), 2015 UT graduate and member of Tennessee Aquatics Molly Hannis (USA, 200 breaststroke) and 2011 graduate Martina Moravcikova (Czech Republic, 200 breaststroke).
During Kredich's tenure at Tennessee, the team has produced 57 swimming and diving All-Americans who have achieved a comprehensive total of 378 All-American certificates. In 2016, Tennessee earned a total of 53 All-America honors between the men's and women's teams with eight swimmers and divers earning All-America honors for the first time.
Among the numerous success stories include 100-meter butterfly American record holder Christine Magnuson, who was a double silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games and finished her college career as a 23-time All-American, four-time SEC champion and Swimmer of the Year, NCAA champion, and Olympic Trials champion.
Kredich accepted the head coaching position of the Tennessee women's swimming and diving program on April 30, 2005. He joined UT after spending four seasons at Richmond from 2001-02 through 2004-05, when he led the Spiders to the NCAA Championships and won the Colonial Athletic Association championship in all four years. He previously served as the head coach of a combined program at Brown University for nine seasons (1993-2001).
MEN:SEC Finish: 6th // NCAA Finish: 7th
WOMEN: SEC Finish: 2nd // NCAA Finish: 13th
The Vols placed seventh in the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships to end the season. It was the best NCAA meet for the Vols since taking third in 2001 and was the first top-10 finish for the program since 2009. Sophomore Liam Stone became the first Vol in 12 years to win an NCAA title, capturing the 1-meter springboard title with a score of 453.70. Sophomore Peter John Stevens took second in the 100 breaststroke, and senior Sean Lehane earned seven All-America honors at his final NCAA meet.
The Tennessee women matched the best conference finish in program history, taking second at the SEC Championships. The Vols’ relay team of Kira Toussaint, Madeline Banic, Harper Bruens and Faith Johnson captured three SEC relay titles. Johnson finished her conference career with seven SEC titles, tying for the most in UT history. Rachel Rubadue won the SEC platform title and was named the SEC Freshman Diver of the Year. The Vols send 15 competitors to the NCAA meet and placed 13th overall.
After the season, Toussaint made the Netherlands' Olympic team in the 100 backstroke. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, Molly Hannis earned a spot on Team USA with a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke; she was also third in the 100 breaststroke. Lehane qualified for the trials finals in the 100 and 200 backstroke.
MEN:SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 14th
WOMEN: SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 11th
Molly Hannis led the Tennessee women throughout her final collegiate season. At the SEC meet, she earned two more silver medals in the breaststroke events and also helped Tennessee win the two medley relays. She ended her career as a 14-time All-America by picking up four more awards.
On the men's side, Sean Lehane defended his SEC title in the 200 backstroke and placed second in the event at NCAAs. The year marked a real youth movement for the men's teams with six swimmers or divers earned All-America honors for the first time.
At the SEC meet, the men's and women's teams improved placement from the year before, both finishing fourth in the standings. Two newcomers enjoyed their breakout performances at the meet. Sam McHugh made the championship final of his three events, taking silver in the 200 butterfly. Liam Stone, who joined the team at midseason, won the 3-meter springboard with an SEC record score of 463.50.
MEN:SEC Finish: 6th // NCAA Finish: 15th
WOMEN: SEC Finish: 5th // NCAA Finish: 7th
The remarkable ends to Lindsay Gendron's and Tori Lamp's careers highlighted the 2013-14 season for the Tennessee women's squad. At the NCAA championships, Gendron brought her best to the pool. She earned bronze medals in the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly and placed eighth in the 100 freestyle, setting school records in all three events. Lamp ended her diving career by winning her third consecutive SEC platform title and scoring on all three boards at the NCAA meet.
In the classroom, Gendron was a leader there too. She was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and a Capital One Academic All-American.
In the second year of the combined program, the Vols showed individual improvement from the year before. Sean Lehane won the Vols' first SEC title in the 200 backstroke title since 1993 and reached the NCAA championship final in the event. Luke Percy broke the school record and finished second at SECs in the 100 freestyle. Sam Rairden's notable four-year career with the Vols ended with 13 All-America honors and 12 SEC medals.
UT had 17 members of the team earn All-America honors.
MEN:SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 16th
WOMEN: SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 3rd
The first combined year for the men and women turned out to be a historic one for the Lady Vols, while the Vols vaulted back up the charts at the NCAA meet.
The Lady Vols enjoyed their best year in 2013 on the national stage, rallying to finish third place in the NCAA Championships. The team won its first three NCAA relay titles in program history: the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. Senior Kelsey Floyd swam a leg on all three championship teams. Lindsay Gendron reached the A Final in all three of her individual events. In diving, Tori Lamp was named the National Diver of the Year and Dave Parrington was voted the National Diving Coach of the Year.
A young Vols squad improved six places at the NCAA Championships from a year ago. Junior Sam Rairden, who earned three individual silver medals at the SEC Championships, picked up honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 freestyle. Freshman Sean Lehane did the same in the 200 backstroke. The highlight of the Vols' national meet was a seventh-place finish by the 800 freestyle relay team. Diver Brent Sterling earned the NCAA Elite 89 Award for the second-consecutive year.
SEC Finish: 2nd // NCAA Finish: 7th
The 2011-12 season was banner year for Tennessee both individually and as a team. The Lady Vols finished second in the SEC Championships in the first conference meet held in Tennessee's Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. The Lady Vols finished seventh at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish for the team since 1989, when they finished fourth nationally.
Jenny Connolly wrapped up her career as one of Tennessee's most decorated swimmers with 22 All-America honors. She won four gold medals at her final SEC Championships. Kelsey Floyd earned seven All-America honors, six of them first team.
Between the men and women, 17 swimmers qualified for the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials. Floyd made the finals in both the 100- and 200-butterfly. Former Lady Vol Magnuson was third in the 50 freestyle. Connolly was sixth in the 100 backstroke.
SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 12th
Seven Big Orange swimmers combined to earn 28 All-America accolades in 13 events at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Of those 28 certificates, 12 were First-Team honors, as Jenny Connolly, Kelsey Floyd and Lindsay Gendron all earned First-Team accolades individually and on relays.
The trio also combined with Martina Moravcikova, to win an SEC Championship in the 400y medley relay at the SEC Championships. Connolly was also a standout performer at the league championships, having a record day by taking home gold in the 100y back and 100y fly.
Tennessee was named a College Swimming Coaches Association Scholar All-America Team by having a team GPA above a 3.00, 20 members of the UT women's swimming program were named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
The Lady Vols also had a successful summer circuit, as Jenny Connolly won a gold and a silver medal at the 2011 World University Games. At the Games, she set a meet record in the 50m fly, while just missing her second gold medal in the 100y back, as she finished runner-up. She also took third in the 100y back at the 2011 USA Swimming National Championships and was a member of the second-place 4x100 medley relay quartet along with Kelsey Floyd, Lindsay Gendron and Molly Hannis.
SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 13th
In 2009-10, six Lady Vols, including five repeat All-Americans, captured 21 All-America certificates in nine events. As a team, the Big Orange brought back its second consecutive 13th-place finish at the NCAA meet back to Rocky Top.
The 200y medley relay squad of Connolly, Alex Barsanti, Floyd and Michele King set the best relay time in UT history to finish second in the nation. Freshmen Samara Gelb and Kelsey Floyd burst onto the scene as well. Gelb set a Lady Vol record in the 200y breast at the SEC Championships and Floyd earned All-America honors in four relay events
In summer 2010, Christine Magnuson won her third straight U.S. title in the 100m fly and current Lady Vols Tricia Weaner, Morgan Farrell, Aleksa Akerfelds, Connolly, Tori Richmond, Kirstyn Colonias, Brooke Watson, Floyd and Breanna Folk all competed at the ConocoPhillips USA National Championships as well.
SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 13th
In 2008-09, Kredich guided eight Lady Vols to 20 All-America certificates, as the Big Orange sent a school-record 12 participants to the national championship meet in College Station, Texas, where UT placed 13th. There, the 200y medley relay team of King, Jamie Saffer, Weaner and Connolly became the first relay in school history to place in the top three at the NCAA meet.
King and Saffer also became the second and third Lady Vols to capture SEC individual titles under Kredich, as the Big Orange grabbed a second straight fourth-place finish at the conference championships.
Kredich's fourth season in Knoxville started out with a bang, as the Lady Vols began the season with an 8-0 record in dual meets before narrowly losing to undefeated and then-No.1-ranked Georgia. Tennessee finished the year 8-2 in duals, including wins over perennial Big Ten powers Indiana and Michigan and conference rivals Kentucky, Arkansas and Vanderbilt. Kredich also sent a UT-record 12 athletes to the NCAA Championships.
In the summer of 2009, Kredich trained four athletes who were on the USA Swimming National Team. Magnuson won the 100y fly at World championship trials, King qualified for the World University Games, where she earned a silver medal in the 50 freestyle and gold in the 400y medley relay and Connolly made the USA National A-Team for the second consecutive year.
Kredich was named to the USA's World University Games coaching staff, helping to lead the team to tremendous success in Belgrade, Serbia, where Lady Vol Martina Moravcikova represented her home country of Czech Republic.
SEC Finish: 4th // NCAA Finish: 8th
In 2008, the Lady Vols placed eighth at the NCAA Championships, as well as fourth in the SEC. UT also went 5-3 in dual meets with all three losses coming against teams ranked in the nation's top three at the time.
In addition to Magnuson's NCAA title, Kredich saw nine other Lady Vols earn All-America honors, as UT grabbed honors in 13 events. The eighth-place finish at NCAAs, coupled with the 10th-place effort in 2007, gave Tennessee back-to-back finishes in the top 10 at the national meet for the first time in school history.
The Lady Vols followed consecutive fifth-place conference finishes with a breakthrough fourth-place showing at the 2008 SEC Championships. Magnuson won three individual events and was part of a victorious relay en route to earning the prestigious Commissioner's Trophy, awarded to the female who earned the most points for her team. Akerfelds also was named SEC Freshman of the Year.
SEC Finish: 5th // NCAA Finish: 10th
Kredich guided Tennessee to a 4-4 dual meet record during the 2006-07 season against some of the nation's top programs, a fifth-place finish at the SEC Championships and a 10th-place position at the NCAA Championships.
For the first time in 11 years, the Lady Vols cracked into the top 10 at the NCAA Championships by scoring in 11 of 15 events they entered. The team brought home 26 All-America certificates for their efforts and set six school records.
The Lady Vols placed fifth for the second straight year at the 2007 SEC Championships and Kredich crowned his first SEC champion when Magnuson snagged first in the 100y fly. She also broke her own school records in the 100y and 200y freestyle, and UT swimmers medaled in four events.
SEC Finish: 5th // NCAA Finish: 12th
In Kredich's first season at Tennessee, the team broke 11 of the 19 school records in swimming events. Tennessee sent eight swimmers to the NCAA Championships in 12 events and vaulted from 24th in 2005 to a 12th-place NCAA finish in 2006 while earning 27 All-America honors.
At the SEC Championships, UT swimmers broke five school records as the Big Orange scored in every event contested. The fifth-place finish was a marked improvement over the previous season's seventh-place showing.
The Lady Vols also had a successful dual meet season in Kredich's first year. Tennessee's 5-2 mark -- its highest dual meet win total since 1998-99 -- included victories over Louisville, Northwestern and SEC rivals Alabama, South Carolina and Kentucky.
The Tennessee women also excelled in the classroom in 2005-06, achieving a team GPA of 3.30 for the year, and two of three graduating seniors were awarded postgraduate scholarships by the SEC.
In his nine seasons with the Bears, he coached 50 all-conference performers, four Honorable Mention All-Americans, and several Olympic Trial qualifiers, Olympic Trial finalists and two Olympic athletes. In the classroom his athletes collectively achieved 12 Academic All-America team awards, one first-team Academic All-America award and several post-graduate scholarships.