Tyler  Fenwick

Tyler Fenwick

Associate Coach


The 2016-17 season marks Tyler Fenwick's fifth year as associate coach for the Tennessee men's and women's swimming and diving programs.

Fenwick is one of the most recognizable distance coaches in the world, having served as primary coach for multiple US national champions, US national finalists, junior world champions, Olympians and world champions. He served as a head coach for Team USA at the 2015 World University Games.

Prior to arriving in Knoxville, Fenwick served 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,'" Tennessee 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."


During his first four years at Tennessee, the Vols have dominated the US distance swimming scene. Tennessee has had multiple national finalists, national team members, All-Americans, international medalists, while taken down almost every Tennessee distance record in the books.

Tennessee Highlights:

  • 2015 US World University Games Head Coach
  • 2015 World Championships Silver Medalist (Men's 10k)
  • 2015 Pan American Games Silver Medalist (Men's 10k)
  • 2 US 2015 World Championship Team members (5k and 10k)
  • 2015 US National Champion and Runner Up (5k)
  • 7 US Open Water National medalists
  • 1 Junior World Finalist (1500)
  • 3 US National Team Members
  • 4 Top Ten school performances in the 500 freestyle
  • 11 Top Ten school performances in the 1650 freestyle
  • 10 Top Ten school performances in the 1000 freestyle
  • School record in Men's and Women's 1500 freestyle
  • School record in the Men's and Women's 800 freestyle
  • School record in the Women's 400 freestyle
  • School record in the Men's 1000 and 1650 freestyle
  • School record in Women's 1650, 1000 and 500 freestyle
  • 2014 US World Cup Coach in Roberval, Canada, and Hong Kong, China
  • 2013 US National Team Coaches Conference Guest Speaker


While at Mission Viejo, the club's distance swimmers dominated the United States open water and distance scene. His swimmers broke 13 Nadadore's records, four Southern California records and one national age group record. During his tenure in Southern California, Fenwick placed multiple athletes on the US National Team and National Junior team, including the two youngest males on the National Team in 2012.

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, including seven No. 1 national rankings and 24 in the top three.

Nadadore Highlights:

  • 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 National Championship in 1500 Freestyle
  • Named to US Swimming Western Zone Select Camp Coaching Staff
  • Named to US National Select Camp Coaching Staff
  • Assistant Coach at US National Team Training Camp in San Diego


While at Tennessee, Fenwick worked with the Lady Vols and post graduate athletes with Tennessee Aquatics. In addition, he was the head coach for the Tennessee Masters program and an assistant with Pilot Aquatic club. During his 2 years in Knoxville, he worked directly with 2008 U.S. Olympian Christine Magnuson, who won two silver medals and set two American records at the Beijjing Olympics. Fenwick also served as primary coach for Davis Tarwater who captured gold at the 2009 World Championships.

"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."


From 2004-07, Fenwick returned to his prep alma mater to coach at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa. where he attended from 1989 -1999. Working under legendary U.S. Olympic Team Coach Richard Shoulberg, Germantown swimmers achieved both national and international successplacing athletes on the World Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Pan American Games and World University Games teams for the US. In 2005, Germantown Academy's women's team won the National High School Championship breaking the National record in the 4x100 Free Relay in the process.


Fenwick, a native of Philadelphia, swam for three seasons at William and Mary and earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004. He received his master's in sport management at Tennessee.



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