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Stefanie Kerska wrapped up her 14th season coaching at her alma mater, primarily working with the distance group. Previously, she served one season as the head coach of the Ann Arbor Swim Club-Y team. She also served as team manager for Team U.S.A. at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy. Kerska was named the 2012 CollegeSwimming.com Assistant Coach of the Year in the Established/Career category.
A four-time NCAA All-American for the University of Michigan from 1988-90, Kerska continues to work alongside head coach Jim Richardson, her coach during her time as a Wolverine. Kerska was also a seven-time Big Ten Conference champion during her three-year competitive career with the Wolverines.
A native of Ann Arbor, she graduated from Pioneer High School where she was a two-time state champion in the 100-yard backstroke. Coming out of high school, Kerska ranked second among backstrokers in the country.
She received her bachelor of arts degree in German in 1990 before earning her master's degree in marketing in 1994 from Western Michigan. While in Kalamazoo, Kerska was the head coach at Loy Norrix High School. She returned to Ann Arbor in the fall of 1997 to begin her stint under Richardson.
As Richardson's top assistant, Kerska is an integral part of the recruiting process at Michigan. In addition to her coaching duties, she assists in running the annual Wolverine summer camps at U-M's Canham Natatorium.
Kerska is married to former Michigan swimmer Dave Kerska. The couple resides in Ann Arbor with their daughter, Katerina, and their son, Karl Niklas.
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