May 21, 2012
SOMERS, Wis. -- University of Michigan women's swimming assistant coach Stefanie Kerska was named the 2012 CollegeSwimming.com Assistant Coach of the Year on Monday (May 21) in the established/career category.
"I could not have found a better person to share the responsibility of developing these young women," head coach Jim Richardson wrote in his nomination form, which appeared on CollegeSwimming.com. "In the past 14 years, I have never had a moment of regret or second thought. After 29 years of collegiate coaching, I believe that she is the very best assistant coach in the country."
Kerska was a four-time NCAA All-American and seven-time Big Ten champion for Michigan from 1988-90 before spending 14 years as an assistant coach for the Wolverines. Her primary responsibilities include working with the distance group -- including guiding Emily Brunemann (2006-10) to a national title in the 1,650-yard freestyle (2008) -- and also leading recruiting efforts. In addition to her coaching responsibilities at Michigan, Kerska served as team manager at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, and at the 2010 Pan-Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif. In 2011, Richardson was ill and unable to travel to the Big Ten Championships, but Kerska stepped in, guiding the Wolverines to a sixth-place finish.
This is the second year in which CollegeSwimming.com has given out the award. Kerska was one of four candidates for the award, along with Suzanne Yee (Princeton), Rob Lias (U.S. Naval Academy) and Matt Tallman (Notre Dame).
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