CHAMPAIGN, Sick. – The Preventing Illini swimming and diving system has identified their Director of Operations in Jerod Simek. Simek joins the Illini following expending the very last five seasons as the head coach of the men’s/women’s swim and dive workforce at his alma mater, Truman Condition College. Before turning into the head mentor, he served the 2017-18 season as the interim mentor. He was also a Wellness and Exercise Science Instructor from 2015-19. He taught undergraduates swimming approaches and the positive aspects of swimming.
“I am excited to be becoming a member of the University of Illinois athletic section and functioning with the women’s swimming and diving program,” said Simek. “I was straight away drawn to the heat and relatives tradition that the section has made. Thank you to Dr. Robinson and Coach Kempe for their self esteem in me. I am keen to be a aspect of the Illini relatives!”
As interim mentor he served the women’s group end third and the men’s staff end fifth in the Good Lakes Valley Convention (GLVC) Championship. During the 12 months there have been a great deal of robust performances. He had several convention champions, a Freshman of the Yr recipient and 12 faculty records damaged underneath his path. This team experienced a 90% advancement ratio in the article year and a few All-People were being named.
In his first period as assistant swimming coach, 2015-16, Simek aided the women’s group to a GLVC title and a 12th area end at the Division II NCAA Championships. The men’s staff concluded fifth and 27th respectively. In his second period he assisted the women’s group to a second-put end and the men to a fourth-place complete in the GLVC Championships.
Simek was named head mentor in advance of the 2018-19 time. This period he led the women’s group to a 3rd-location complete and the males to a sixth-spot complete in the GLVC Championships. All through the Covid-19 shortened year six of his swimmers named to All-American honors.
Prior to Truman Condition, Simek worked as a graduate assistant at Minnesota Point out College from 2013-15. Through the summers of 2018-22 Simek coached at USAFA Swim Camp in Colorado Springs. He also coaches at the Rockwood Swim Club in the summer months months.
Simek acquired his Master’s degree in Sport and Training Psychology from Minnesota Point out. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with a double main in Exercising Science and Psychology with a small in Biology from Truman Point out.
Prior to his coaching times Simek competed as a university student-athlete at Truman State. He was a nine-time honorable mention All-American and was a group captain. He is the son of Jim and Ellen Simek and also has a twin brother, Andrew.