Emma Sougstad joined Miami University's swimming and diving program as an assistant coach on in June, 2017.
Prior to coming to Oxford, Sougstad completed an internship with the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. While with the CSCAA, she worked on various research projects such as the Scholar All-America program, AIAW All-American history and legislature to improve and promote the sport. Her day-to-day responsibilities included graphic design and social media work along with maintaining communication with athletic directors across the country of Scholar All-America honorees.
“Emma is joining us after an extensive collegiate career at the University of Iowa,” coach Bonewit-Cron said. “Upon meeting her, I was impressed with her professionalism and the experience she has had in various aspects of administration. Her personable demeanor and understanding of college athletics will prove to be instrumental in her responsibilities within our program. I am looking forward to working with her and having her on board at Miami.”
Sougstad enters the coaching ranks following a tremendous competitive career in the pool at the University of Iowa. During her time with the Hawkeyes, Sougstad set five individual school records and contributed to three record-setting relay teams. She earned All-America honors during her junior and senior campaigns, nabbing First-Team All-American status in the 100-yard breaststroke to cap her senior year. She was also a Big Ten Finalist at the conference meet all four years.
As a team captain, Sougstad helped plan recruiting trips, led captain’s practices and promoted a positive practice environment. She made sure the team adhered to the team’s rules and communicated for her teammates to head coach Marc Long and the rest of the coaching staff. She was also heavily involved in the Iowa Swim Camps, coaching elite campers and managing the daily activities while providing tactics for safety and efficiency for 150 athletes.
In addition to her accolades in the pool, Sougstad led the Hawkeyes in a number of community service projects. That included work with Fuel Up to Play 60, Hawkeye Pride, a Day of Caring and Helper-Helper organizations. She also participated in food bank donations, diversity training, worked with the Girl Scouts and volunteered at the University of Iowa hospitals. She also did an internship with Athletes in Action with their Ultimate Training Camp and University of Iowa Outreach.
Other activities Sougstad was involved with included being a multicultural representative for Iowa Athletics. She also did public speaking through the Gerdin Center for Athletics and was a founding member of the STOP Bullying Platform and did public speaking for the Miss Iowa program. Additionally, she previously served as an age group coach for 9-10 year olds for Forest City Parks and Recreation. During this time, she prepared young athletes for championship style meets and designed functional practice plans for the group.
Sougstad was an Academic All-American and graduated from Iowa’s College of Education in 2017.