DENVER – The University of Denver’s swimming and diving program for men and women has named Claire (Mouse) McDaniel his assistant coach, head coach Brian Schrader announced on Monday.
“Our people and our team just took a step forward when Claire came on board,” said Schrader. “She understands great team dynamics, leadership, and performance. I know she knows what the University of Denver and our swim and dive team is all about. She is very prepared to help our athletes get better at all of yours Working outside the pool will add another facet of helping students develop personally, as will their work as a trainer and nutrition director at an SEC school. It only helps our team get better. I feel so lucky To have someone who is enthusiastic about our program, our place and our employees, to be part of our employees. ”
McDaniel was most recently the assistant director of sports for sports nutrition at the University of Missouri. In her previous swim training stints, McDaniel was an assistant at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and spent six months at the University of Denver with former assistant head coach Alicia Franklin on maternity leave.
“I’m very excited to be returning to Denver and getting back into college coaching,” said McDaniel. “Brian built such a solid program at DU and I am grateful for the opportunity to train with Brian and all of the staff. Denver has a long history of swimming and diving, particularly strong academic and athletic achievements, and I look forward to it to build upon this legacy for many years. “
McDaniel has also trained swimming in the club for Morgan Hill, California, Asheville Masters (North Carolina), and Athens Bulldog Swim Club (Georgia). Internationally, from 2014 to 2016, McDaniel was the trainer for Swim Regio Solothurn in Switzerland for two years.
In her individual swimming career, McDaniel was co-captain of Team USA for the gold medal at the World University Games in 2007. McDaniel also co-captained the Georgia Bulldogs and helped the program with the 2005 National Championship and a 2006 SEC title. In her college career, she was a 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year finalist and received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship . In 2006, McDaniel was part of the NCAA season 800 title, a year before she won the SEC season 500 title. McDaniel received five All America Awards in her college career.
Outside of the pool, McDaniel was a four-time All-American Scholar and holds board certifications as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and the Certificate in Leadership Advancement from Terry College of Business in Georgia.
“Claire will do a great job here and train a strong distance and middle distance crew,” said Schrader. “It’s her strength and it will be great to work with her on so many things to keep our program nationally recognized.”
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