Lars Jorgensen     
      Lars Jorgensen
Assistant Coach

Former Tennessee swimmer Lars Jorgensen served as the interim head coach of the Vols swimming and diving program in 2012.

Jorgensen initially took the position of interim assistant in August 2010, stepping in for longtime assistant coach Joe Hendee, who took a leave of absence to battle cancer. He then became the interim head coach of the program in January 2012.

In his first year back in Knoxville, Tennessee ended the season ranked 12th nationally, having finished 12th at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and third at the SEC Championships. The team was 6-2 (2-1 SEC) in dual meets during the year.

Tennessee earned 12 total All-America honors in swimming and diving, and the team broke three school swimming records: the 200-yard freestyle (Ryan Harrison, 1:32.38), the 500 freestyle (Harrison, 4:15.13) and the 200 breaststroke (Brad Craig, 1:54.24).

Before arriving back on The Hill, Jorgensen was at the helm of swimming program at the University of Toledo for six years.During his time coaching the Rockets, the San Diego, Calif., native ushered in a wave of individual and team success.

Jorgensen boasted an overall record 60-23-1 at Toledo, and his teams annually improved within the Mid-American Conference. When he arrived, Toledo was the eighth-place team in the conference, but his efforts culminated in a 2010 MAC Championship, for which Jorgensen earned his second MAC Coach of the Year honor.

The Rockets finished the 2009-10 season ranked 35th nationally.

In 2008, he coached the first Rockets swimmer to ever qualify for the NCAA Championships. During his stint at Toledo, his swimmers earned 18 individual MAC titles and eight relay conference titles. The team broke 10 MAC records and established 56 school records, achieved 92 NCAA B-Cut standards.

The Rockets excelled in the classroom too under Jorgensen. They were ranked 17th in the nation among NCAA Division I teams with a team GPA of 3.4.

Before taking over at Toledo, Jorgensen spent four years at LSU as an assistant coach, then one additional season in Baton Rouge as associate head coach.

Jorgensen arrived at Tennessee in 1993 as a transfer student from Southern California. Despite spending only one season on Rocky Top, his impact is still felt today. Jorgensen holds the Tennessee record in the 1000 freestyle. The mark of nine minutes 5.38 seconds, set in 1992, is the second-oldest standing record in the books.

During his year as a Big Orange collegian, Jorgensen earned a silver medal at the 1993 SEC Championships in the 1650 freestyle, helping UT to a third-place finish.

Before becoming a Vol, Jorgensen continued a rich family tradition--competing in the Olympics. Representing the U.S., he placed ninth in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His brother, Daniel, won a bronze medal in 1992 as a part of the United States' 800 freestyle relay team.

In 1988, Lars and Daniel became only the second pair of brothers to participate in the Olympic Games. Jorgensen's father, Niels, was also an Olympian, competing for Denmark as a wrestler.

Jorgensen is also a former professional tri-athlete and still holds the Ironman swimming record.

Jorgensen has a daughter, Meg.



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