After four years with the University of North Carolina men’s swimming and diving staff, Mike Litzinger ’84 has been promoted to the position of associate head coach.
“The University of North Carolina is a very special place, and I am proud to be able to represent the swimming and diving program as the associate head coach. It is a truly exciting time for our program, and I am looking forward to continuing to help build upon the success we have had over the past four seasons,” says Litzinger.
Previously the head swimming coach at the University of Utah, Litzinger made the move to UNC in June 2007, where he became the full-time assistant coach. Involved in all aspects of the program, his primary responsibilities are coaching the middle distance group and leading recruiting efforts.
Overall, in Litzinger’s seven years, the Utes broke 35 school records, qualified eight athletes in 23 different events for the NCAA Championships and had 14 swimmers qualify for U.S. Nationals. Both programs garnered All-Academic status from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
“I am excited for Mike to be elevated to the position of associate head coach,” DeSelm says. “Since his arrival, North Carolina’s swimming and diving program has improved and Mike has played a significant role in our success.”
In his seven seasons at Utah, Litzinger reinvigorated the men’s and women’s swimming and diving and teams, crafting them into a pair of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference and the nation.
Before going to Utah, Litzinger was the assistant men’s coach at Ohio State from 1997-2000. While there, he helped lead the team to a 20th-place finish in the NCAA meet in 1998 and a 25th-place finish in 2000. At St. Bonaventure from 1989-97, Litzinger was head coach of the women’s swimming program. He led the Bonnies to an ECAC title and two Atlantic 10 Conference championships in his tenure there. Litzinger began his coaching career at SUNY Fredonia in 1988-89. While at Fredonia, Litzinger took the Blue Devils to a second place SUNYAC Conference finish.
Litzinger has received numerous accolades for his dedication to the sport of swimming. He was awarded Eastern Intercollegiate coach-of-the-year awards in 1992 and 1994 and Atlantic 10 Conference coach-of-the-year accolades in 1996 and 1997 while serving as the head coach at St. Bonaventure University.
A 1984 graduate of Hobart College, Litzinger received his bachelor’s degree in English and was captain of the Hobart swimming team in 1983-84. The same year he was voted the program’s most valuable swimmer. In 1988, he received his master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Iowa. While working on his master’s degree, Litzinger was the Hawkeyes’ graduate assistant men’s coach.