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    Matt Kredich     
     
      Matt Kredich
Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
9 Seasons

Alma Mater:
Duke 1988

BIOGRAPHY & HONORS
INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

When Matt Kredich arrived to Tennessee to coach the women's program in 2005, the message was clear: "We're going to have a program that represents the best in college swimming and diving. This means we will achieve excellence in every facet of the sport, and we will aim for and achieve success at the highest level of competition. This means that this team will be the home of Olympic medalists."

True to his mission, Tennessee has burst onto the international stage with two Olympians, including two-time Olympic silver medalist Christine Magnuson. Here is a look at some of the Kredich's swimmers that have been successful on the world stage:

CHRISTINE MAGNUSON
Lady Vol 2005-08
International Success:
2008 Beijing Olympics - Silver Medal (100 fly, 400 medley relay) ... set American record in the semifinals of the 100 fly at the Olympics ... Two-time U.S. champion in the 100 fly ... also a two-time Pan Pacific medalist.
At Tennessee: 23-time All-American ... 2008 NCAA champion in the 100 fly ... 2008 SEC Swimmer of the Year ... CoSIDA Academic All-American ... 2009 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year ... held eighth school records while with the Lady Vols.

JENNY CONNOLLY
Lady Vol 2009-12
International Success:
Enjoyed breakthrough performance at the 2011 World University Games, picking up gold in the 50m backstroke and gold in the 100 backstroke ... Set World University Games record in 50 back.
At Tennessee: 22-time All-American at Tennessee, with 14 first-team honors ... Held school record in the 100 backstroke and four relays ... 2012 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Female Amateur Athlete of the Year.

MICHELE KING
Lady Vol 2007-10
International Success:
Represented the United States in the 2009 World University Games, taking gold in the 400m free relay and the bronze in the 50 free.
At Tennessee: 21-time All-American at Tennessee, including 21 first-time honors ... NCAA silver medalist in the 50 free in 2008 and a bronze medalist in the event in 2009.

MARTINA MORAVCIKOVA
Lady Vol 2008-11
International Success:
Represented the Czech Republic in the 2012 London Olympics ... Competed at the 2009 and 2012 World University Games.
At Tennessee: Four-time All-American at Tennessee, including one first team honors.

KELSEY FLOYD
Lady Vol 2010-13
International Success:
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, placed fourth in the 100 butterfly and seventh in the 200 butterfly ... At the 2013 World University Games, earned a bronze medal in the 400 medley relay and placed eighth in the 100 butterfly.
At Tennessee: 24-time All-American ... 3-time NCAA relay champion (200 free, 200 medley, 400 medley) ... 6-time SEC gold medalist ... 2013 Academic All-American.

Seasons at Tennessee: Nine Seasons
Seasons as Combined Head Coach: Two Seasons

Awards
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

Biography
In 2013-14, Matt Kredich just completed his second season directing the combined Tennessee men's and women's swimming and diving program after seven years of coaching the UT women.

The 2014 season was another successful one for Kredich and his staff. The women finished the year seventh at the NCAA Championships and the men improved one spot from last year to take 15th overall.

The women's team has finished in the top 15 at the NCAA Championships for a school-record nine consecutive seasons, encompassing the entirety of Kredich's leadership of the UT women's program. The men have recorded a pair of top-20 finishes in the first two years of the combined program.

During Kredich's tenure at Tennessee, his team has produced 41 All-Americans who have achieved a comprehensive total of 286 All-American certificates. In 2014, 17 student-athletes earned a total of 55 All-America honors between the men's and women's teams.

Lindsay Gendron completed her spectacular career in spectacular fashion. She earned NCAA bronze medals in both the 200-yard freestyle and 200 butterfly and also finished eighth in 100 freestyle. In her four-year career at UT, she earned a record 25 All-America honors. In the classroom, she was a leader there too. She was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, among many other others.

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).

YEAR-BY-YEAR RECAPS
2013-14
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 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.

2012-13
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.

2011-12 (Women)
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.

2010-11 (Women)
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.

2009-10 (Women)
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.

2008-09 (Women)
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.

2007-08 (Women)
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.

2006-07 (Women)
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.

2005-06 (Women)
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.

RICHMOND HEAD COACH (2001-05)
Kredich was hired as the head coach at Tennessee after dramatically turning around the University of Richmond women's squad. During Kredich's tenure, the Spiders sent their first-ever swimmers to the NCAA Championships, had their first-ever All-Americans, and won their first-ever conference championships. In his four years at Richmond, the Spiders won four Atlantic 10 Championships while Kredich was named conference coach of the year all four years. His Spiders also were selected by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as an Academic All-America squad from 2002-04.

BROWN HEAD COACH (1993-2001)
Prior to that, at Brown University, he turned a 2-9 women's swimming program in 1992 into Eastern Women's Swimming League Champions in 1996 and 1997. His teams then competed solely in the Ivy League and went on to win the 1998 and 1999 conference crowns. Additionally, he also energized the Brown men's team, which was coming off a 3-8 mark when he took over the team in 1996. He led the Bears to four consecutive winning seasons and four top-five finishes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League. In the process, he was recognized as the EISL Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1997. He also earned EISL Men's Coach of the Year in 1998.

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.

ASSISTANT COACHING CAREER
Prior to coaching at Brown, Kredich was the assistant men's swimming coach at Harvard from 1991-92. He also has served as an assistant women's swimming coach at Stanford (1990-91) and as a graduate assistant coach for the men's and women's swim teams at Duke (1988-90).

COLLEGIATE SWIMMING CAREER
As a standout backstroker at Duke, he garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-Academic honors and was a seven-time U.S. National qualifier. Kredich received a B.A. in biology from Duke in 1988 and received his M.A. in teaching degree from Duke in 1990.

FAMILY
A native of Durham, N.C., Kredich and his family reside in Knoxville. His wife Kimberley is a choral conductor, artist and advocate for children with disabilities. They have three sons: Benjamin, Miles and Coleman.
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