Neither Swimmer Qualifies for the Semifinals
Bay Village Senior-to-Be Competes Next Week
Competes in the 100 Breaststroke Event
Competes in both 100 & 200 Backstroke at Olympic Trials
Fairfield Native Will Compete in 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly
Now in his 30th season at the helm of the Miami University women's swimming and diving team, head coach Dave Jennings continues to lead a program that defines excellence in the Mid-American Conference. Under his tutelage, the RedHawks have won 15 MAC titles, including the 2009 championship and five in the last nine seasons. Also in the last nine years, his teams have compiled a dual-meet record of 98-19 (.838) that included a streak of 48 straight MAC dual-meet victories from 2002-07.
Jennings's 2009-10 team again excelled, swimming to an 8-4 overall record, a second-place finish at the MAC Championships and another Miami Invitational Championship. Under his tutelage, current senior Kelsey Vehr competed in the 2010 NCAA Championships, finishing eighth and earning NCAA All-American honors. The 2009-10 team also earned the No. 1 ranking in the CSCAA Mid-Major Division I poll for much of the season.
The 2006-07 campaign also was a banner season for the RedHawks, as Jennings guided Miami to a 12-0 dual-meet record, the program's first perfect regular season in 30 years. After opening their season with a 186-112 victory over Akron, Jennings and the RedHawks steamrolled through their regular-season slate, winning their 12 dual meets by an average of 80 points. Miami also posted its sixth straight season with an unblemished MAC dual-meet mark after defeating all seven conference opponents. Jennings and the RedHawks ended the season ranked No. 4 in the CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major Poll. During Jennings' career, the one common theme has been his ability to win championships. His RedHawks have won nine of the last 14 MAC titles, and they have finished as the champion or the runner-up in the conference in 23 of his 26 seasons. Five classes--1986, 1987, 1988, 1999 and 2005--have won every MAC title for which they competed, and the 2004-05 season marked the third time in his career that Jennings achieved a conference title "four-peat." Jennings began his career at Miami by winning six straight titles from 1983-88, and he also won four in a row from 1996-99.
A 1996 inductee into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame, Jennings has earned MAC Coach of the Year plaudits on 10 occasions, including four consecutive seasons from 1983 through 1986. Most recently, Jennings was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2009. Over Jennings' 29 seasons, 197 MAC individual and relay champions have worn the Red and White. In addition, 32 Miami athletes have been NCAA qualifiers and eight have been Olympic trial qualifiers. Jennings also has mentored four MAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year, two Miami Female Athlete of the Year award winners (Carly Iagulli, 1998 and Kelsey Vehr, 2009 & 2010) and the Miami Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s, Tish Bucher.
Prior to arriving in Oxford, Jennings was a teacher and head men's swimming coach at Upper Arlington High School from 1979 through 1982. He was voted Coach of the Year in Ohio following the 1982 season. During his tenure at Upper Arlington, Jennings also was director of the Amateur Upper Arlington Swim Club. Prior to assuming the coaching position at Upper Arlington, Jennings served as a swimming instructor and coach at Coshocton High School in Coshocton, Ohio, where he led the school to a top-ten team finish and its first conference championship.
Jennings is a 1978 graduate of Ashland College where he earned a bachelor's of science degree in physical education. While at Ashland, Jennings was a member of a swimming team that placed second at the Penn-Ohio Championships and ninth at the NCAA Division III Championships. Originally from Lexington, Ohio, Jennings and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Blake and Tyler, and reside in Oxford.
DAVE JENNINGS BY THE NUMBERS (Through 2009-10 Season)
237 -- Career Dual Meet Wins at Miami
197 -- Mid-American Conference Individual/Relay Champions
32 -- Senior National Qualifiers
32 -- NCAA Qualifiers
15 -- Mid-American Conference Championships (1983-88, 1996-99, 2002-05, 2009)
9 -- Mid-American Conference Runner-Up Finishes
8 -- Olympic Trial Qualifiers
5 -- Mid-American Conference Scholar Athletes of the Year
4 -- Mid-American Conference Divers of the Year
2 -- Mid-American Conference Swimmers of the Year
3 -- NCAA All-Americans
3 -- Miami Female Athlete of the Year
(Carly Iaguli-1998, Kelsey Vehr 2009, 2010)