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Utah Swimming & Diving Hires New Coach

Lisa Pursley will join the coaching staff for the swimming team for the 2011-12 season.

Lisa Pursley will join the coaching staff for the swimming team for the 2011-12 season.

March 22, 2011

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The University of Utah swimming and diving program welcomes Lisa Pursley as an assistant swimming coach, beginning in the 2011-12 season.

Pursley previously swam under head coach Greg Winslow while attending Coronado High in Colorado Springs before becoming a three-time All-American at the University of Arizona. She was also named an Academic All-American, earning the Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award as well. In 2006, the Olympic Trials qualifier helped the Wildcats to the Pac-10 championship. She graduated from Arizona with a B.A. in elementary education in 2007 and has worked as a swimming coach at the Phoenix Swim Club while pursuing her Master's degree at Arizona State.

During the summer of 2008, Pursley worked for the Auburn Tigers swim camp where she helped create and coach dry land and swimming workouts for high school athletes. The following summer, she was an assistant coach for the Pine Crest swim team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under the direction of the head coach Jay Fitzgerald.

Last year, Pursley was an assistant swimming coach at Rutgers University in New Jersey under head coach Phil Spiniello.

Pursley's whole family has a swimming background. David Pursley, her brother, is a record-holding former Ute swimmer. Her father, Dennis Pursley, is the former Director of USA Swimming and is currently the Director of Swimming for Great Britain.


Last weekend, Hannah Caron competed in the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. The junior is one of only a few Ute women to ever swim at the national meet.

On Thursday, Caron placed 46th in the 200 IM (2:01.69). From there, Caron saw increasing success in the lanes as she posted a 30th-place time of 53.49, which was her second-fastest time ever in the event. She then touched in a personal best time in the 200 fly on Saturday to place 29th, her highest placement at nationals (1:57.98).


"I could not be more excited about Lisa [Pursley] coming into our program. She's someone who knows the direction we're going and want to go. She has been there, being an All-American and a Pac-10 championship winner.

"She's going to add a lot of enthusiasm to our staff as well as a lot of knowledge, especially with the experience that she gained under Spiniello at Rutgers. I'm really excited with what Lisa's going to add to our team."




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