KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich has been named as the 2019 USA Men’s Swimming Team head coach for the upcoming Pan American Games, the sport’s governing body announced on Wednesday.
“It is a huge honor,” Kredich said. “I really appreciate the trust that USA Swimming and the US Olympic Committee has put in me. I had the privilege of acting as head coach of the women in 2015 and it was one of the highlights of my coaching career. The roster is full of really exciting talent from the USA, the staff is fantastic and I’m really excited to be a part of it. I think we can make a real impact.”
Kredich has been at Tennessee for 14 years, serving as the head coach for both the men and women’s teams for seven seasons. Most recently, he led the Lady Vols to an eighth place finish and led the men to an 11th place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
During his tenure at Tennessee, the team has achieved a total of 482 All-America certificates, 56 combined SEC titles and eight individual NCAA titles. Kredich has coached four Olympians who swam at Tennessee in Christine Magnuson (USA, 2008), Molly Hannis (USA, 2016), Kira Toussaint (Netherlands, 2016) and Martina Moravcikova (Czech Republic, 2012, 2016).
He won’t be the only Vol representative at the Pan American games as Hannis and current Lady Vol Meghan Small will swim for Team USA on the women’s side. Hannis will be entered in the 100 breaststroke and Small will compete in the 200 medley relay.
This is the second consecutive national team appointment for one of Tennessee’s coaches as associate head coach Lance Asti coached for Team USA at the World Championships in December.
The Pan American Games will be held July 25 – Aug. 11 in Lima, Peru with the swimming events being contested Aug. 6-10.