After two seasons as an assistant and one as the interim head coach, Truman alum, Jerod Simek, has been named the head coach for Bulldog men’s and women’s swimming team. The interim tag was removed by Director of Athletics, Jerry Wollmering, in an announcement Friday morning.

In his first season as interim head coach, Simek helped the team to third and fifth place GLVC finishes on the women’s and men’s sides, respectively. Throughout the year, there were multiple strong performances, culminating in multiple conference champions, a Freshman of the Year recipient in Natalie Galluzzo, and 12 school records broken under his direction. At the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, the team had three All-American’s and eight honorable mention All-Americans leading to a 22nd-place finish for the men and 25th place for the women; both an improvement from the previous year.

Prior to Truman, Simek spent two seasons at Minnesota State-Mankato where he earned his Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He was a graduate assistant with the NCAA Division II Mavericks.

As a student-athlete at Truman, he was a nine-time honorable mention All-American, a team captain and was heavily involved outside the pool as well. He was part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) serving as the president for two years, was president of the Purple Friday Committee and attended Student Senate meetings.

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