Northwestern named Jeremy Kipp as its Director of Swimming & Diving on May 11, 2018.
"We are elated to welcome Jeremy to Northwestern," said Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Dr. Jim Phillips. "After a rigorous, comprehensive, national search, there was no doubt about the right fit for our University. This new structure, with a singular leader overseeing both our men's and women's teams, is one we are confident will streamline the Wildcats' development into the championship program we all believe it can be. Jeremy's resume speaks for itself with back-to-back conference championships and three-straight coach of the year awards. We are excited to watch the impact he will make on the world-class experience of our young men and women."
Kipp brings a depth of experience and success with him to Evanston. The three-time Mountain West Coach of the Year has been at the helm of the Boise State women's swimming and diving program since the 2016 season, and led the Broncos to back-to-back conference titles in 2017 and 2018. Away from the pool, Kipp established a culture of success in the classroom with more than 100 academic all-conference honorees and consecutive perfect-1,000 Academic Progress Rates.
"Today is an exciting day for me and for my family," said Kipp. "The opportunity to join a university like Northwestern, one of the top institutions in the nation and a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, is a humbling honor. I am so thankful for the Boise State student-athletes, coaches and staff I've had the opportunity to work with over the last three years, and extremely proud of what we accomplished together. Thank you to President Schapiro, Dr. Jim Phillips and the entire search committee for their consideration and trust. Suzanne, Jonathan, Patrick and I are thrilled to join the Wildcats family."
During Kipp's three-year tenure at Boise State, the Broncos broke 16 school records, captured 26 conference titles and boasted 120 all-conference athletes. In 2017, he guided the team to a 36th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the program's best mark in history. Boise State was one of 16 programs nationally to qualify four or more relay teams for the NCAA Championships in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to arriving in Boise, Kipp spent eight seasons, three as an assistant and five as the head assistant, at the University of Southern California coaching both the men's and women's teams. Both programs finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championships from 2011-15, and he helped the men of Troy capture the 2015 Pac-12 title, its first since 1979. Kipp signed Top-5 men's and women's recruiting classes for seven straight years at USC and mentored 107 All-Americans and 38 individual NCAA Champions.
Before taking the job at USC, Kipp spent eight seasons (1999-2007) on the men's and women's swimming staffs at UC Santa Barbara, where he handled the middle distance and stroke groups, producing numerous NCAA Championships qualifiers. More than 20 of his Gaucho swimmers went on to U.S. Nationals, while one earned NCAA All-America honors.
Kipp also has national and international coaching experience, mentoring 25 Olympic qualifiers who have gone on to earn 17 medals.
After spending time with the Polish National Team at the 2013 European Short Course Championships, he coached two years with the Austrian National Team in 2010-11. There, he was the personal coach for Olympian and Austrian team member Markus Rogan at the 2011 Short Course European Championships where he won gold in the men's 200 IM, as well as at the 2011 Short Course World Championships in Dubai, Arab Emirates, where Rogan won bronze in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke.
Kipp also served as the personal coach for Oussama Mellouli (Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1500m) of the Tunisian National Team at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy, where he won seven gold medals as he prepared for the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. Kipp also spent two weeks on the isle of Sardinia prepping Mellouli for the 2009 World Championships where he won a bronze, silver and gold in the men's 400m, 800m and 1500m, respectively.
Kipp competed collegiately at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania from 1994-98, serving as team captain during the final two years. He graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English. Kipp later earned a Master's of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University in 2003. Kipp and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons, Jonathan and Patrick.
Katie Robinson was named associate head coach of the Northwestern swimming and diving program on July 19, 2018.
Prior to joining the Wildcats, Robinson was the head women's swimming and diving coach at Tulane University from 2012-17 after stints as an assistant coach at Virginia (2008-11) and Rutgers (2011-13).
She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Pacific during the 2008-09 season.
During her time with the Green Wave, 13 of 14 individual school swimming records were surpassed, as were all five relay marks. Since her arrival in New Orleans, Robinson's swimmers and divers won 32 conference medals, reached the NCAA Zone Diving event four times and earned conference swimmer and diver of the week honors four times.
In addition to her team's success in the pool, the Green Wave earned Scholar All-America status from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America each of her 10 semesters.
At Rutgers from 2011-13, Robinson was responsible for the development and training of female swimmers, recruiting top-ranked student-athletes, preparing NCAA recruiting paperwork and official visits, managing team travel, tracking the program's recruiting budget, as well as preparing and delivering the alumni newsletter. During her time in Piscataway, N.J., Robinson helped the Scarlet Knights post consecutive 9-2 dual-meet records while finishing eighth in the Big East Championship in 2012 and fifth in 2013.
During the 2012-13 season, Rutgers swimmers combined to post 41 lifetime-best showings. For her work, Robinson was the recipient of the 2012 Inaugural CSCAA Jean Freeman Scholarship and the 2012-13 Big East SWA Professional Development Grant.
Her first full-time collegiate assistant post came at Virginia from 2008-11. During Robinson's three years on the staff, the Cavaliers' men's and women's teams won Atlantic Coast Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Championships each year. The Virginia men posted a combined 30-3 dual meet record, finished ninth in the NCAAs in 2009, 10th in 2010 and eighth in 2011. The women's squad, meanwhile, tallied a cumulative 27-4 dual-meet mark while finishing 12th in the NCAAs in 2009, ninth in 2010 and 13th in 2011.
Robinson's initial foray into collegiate coaching came as a graduate assistant at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where she was responsible for aiding the head coach in both training and recruiting. The Tigers went 3-3 in dual meets during the 2008-09 season and finished fourth in the Big West Conference Championship.
In addition to her responsibilities with the team, she also served as the school's Swim School Director, where she hired instructors, coordinated schedules for swimmers, handled payment and organized advertisements and promotions while raising over $75,000 in gross profit to aid the team's travel budget.
Prior to her coaching career, Robinson was a star at the University of Texas from 2003-07 when she was an 11-time All-American, claimed the 200-yard fly title at the Big XII Conference Championships three times and served as team captain and recruiting coordinator in 2006-07. She earned a spot at the NCAA Championships every year as a Longhorn and helped Texas to four Top-10 finishes, including sixth-place showings in both 2005 and 2007.
As a senior, Robinson earned first-team All-America honors in the 400 medley relay (5th place) and the 200 medley relay (7th place) at the 2007 NCAA Championship. She added honorable-mention All-America distinction in the 200 fly (9th place), 100 fly (10th place), 800 free relay (10th place), 400 free relay (13th place) and 200 free relay (14th place). She set a Big XII meet record in the 200 fly and 200 medley relay that season with respective times of 1:57.26 and 1:38.36, and completed her career as a six-time All-Big XII selection and a 13-time all-conference honoree.
A standout away from the pool as well, Robinson claimed first-team Academic All-Big XII recognition in each of her final three seasons and was tabbed Texas Women's Swimming Team Academic MVP as a junior and senior.
As a senior, she was named first-team ESPN The Magazine All-District VI and second-team Academic All-American, and was the Big XII nominee for NCAA Female Athlete of the Year.
Robinson claimed the Jody Conradt Endowed Scholarship in 2005, the Houston Texas Exes Endowed Scholarship in 2006 and the V.F. "Doc" Neuhaus Endowed Presidential Scholarship, the Texas women's athletic department's highest endowed honor, in 2007.
Following her collegiate career, Robinson was an aquatic coach for Weiss & Weiss in 2007 where she developed skill and training programs for children aged 5-16 and the master's program. In 2004, she reached the semifinals in the 100 fly at the Olympic Trials, and later competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials where she placed 22nd.
An active member of the community throughout her career as a student-athlete and coach, Robinson volunteered with the Girls On The Run in New Orleans on a weekly basis. Prior to her time at Tulane, she volunteered with the Pepsi 10K Run for Special Olympics from 2009-11, the Alzheimer's Memory Walk from 2008-10, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2007 and Marathon Kids from 2003-06.
A native of Dillsboro, Indiana, Robinson completed her bachelor's degree in kinesiology in December 2007, graduating with a 3.86 grade point average. She is a member of the CSCAA and the American Swimming Coaches Association.