Alabama has hired Coley Stickels as its new swim and dive coach, the school announced in a news release on Monday.
Stickels arrives after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Indiana, where he was associate head sprint coach.
“As we went through this search, we got a lot of solid insight from the swimming and diving community and Coley’s name kept coming up,” athletics director Greg Byrne said in the release. “After meeting, we could see why people spoke so highly of him. He has done an outstanding job at his previous stops and is already prepared with a plan to do the same at Alabama. We are thrilled to welcome Coley, his wife Lindsay, and their son Cal to Tuscaloosa.”
The Hoosiers won the Big Ten championship on both the men’s and women’s sides this year. The men finished third at NCAA championships, while Indiana’s women’s team finished ninth.
Indiana’s men also finished third in the 2018 NCAA championships and won the Big Ten. The women finished eighth at NCAA championships that year.
“The University of Alabama has continually set the bar for collegiate athletic programs, and I cannot express how excited I am to be a part of it,” Stickels said in the release. “I look forward to the rich traditions, winning culture and the fantastic resources Alabama provides its student-athletes. I want to thank Director of Athletics Greg Byrne and his staff for the opportunity to coach at the premiere school in the SEC. Roll Tide!”
Stickels succeeds Dennis Pursley, who announced his retirement earlier this month. Alabama finished seventh at the 2019 men’s NCAA championships, its fourth top-10 finish in five seasons. The women’s swim and dive team finished 34th at NCAA championships.
Stickels was head coach of the Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita, California from 2012-17. The team set more than 50 state records, five American records, one world record, six national age group records and four national high school records during his time there.
He has been a USA National Team coach since 2013 and was a staff member of the 2014 Short Course World Team. He coached nine Olympic Trials qualifiers in 2012.
Stickels swam collegiately at Arizona and was a 14-time All-America when he graduated in 2001. He was also a member of the US National team from 1999-2000. He began his coaching career at Dartmouth College as an assistant in 2001. He coached Lake Oswego Swim Club from 2003-11.
He and his wife, Lindsay, have one son, Cal.
All Alabama employment contracts must be approved by the university’s board of trustees.
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