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Jonas Persson enters his third year serving as an assistant coach for Utah Swimming and Diving. Persson helped Utah sign CollegeSwimming.com's 29th-best freshman class in the country, including No. 12 recruit Kristian Kron and top-50 selection Bence Kiraly.
Persson is the assistant coach who works specifically with the sprinters. He coached five student-athletes to school-record times and 12 top-10 all-time performances for the Utes.Persson is also responsible for Utah's international recruiting effort as well as in Southern California.
Persson has competed against the highest levels of international swimming, including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he was a member of the fifth-place 4x100 free relay and finished 11th in the 4x100 medley relay. Persson was a part of the European champion 4x100 free relay in 2008 and the bronze medalist squad in 2010. He also was a finalist at the 2005 World Championships in the 4x100 free relay. He remains a Swedish record-holder and the No. 2 sprint freestyler in the history of Sweden. He won more than 10 national championships in Sweden.
During his collegiate career, Persson set seven school records at the University of Tennessee, where he was an All-American and team captain for the Volunteers.
In the classroom, Persson obtained a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Sports Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration from UT and also served as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, John Trembley. He was an Academic All-American and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection in 2007 and 2008. Persson served a graduate assistant at Tennessee from 2009-2011 and as head coach at Tennessee Aquatics from May to July 2011 where he worked primarily with the sprint group. Persson helped expand Tennessee's international recruiting network by communicating with student-athletes, coaches and parents in 16 different countries.
Persson has already put his education into practice as he has conducted contract negotiations with the Swedish Olympic Committee and a top-five swim team in Sweden.