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Amanda Caldwell is in her second season with the Rice Owls swim team after joining the program as an assistant coach in June, 2012.
Caldwell's influence is easy to see. In her very first season with the program Rice won the 2013 Conference USA meet championship. The Owls claimed a total of six C-USA events (five individual and one relay race), amassed a total of 11 NCAA "B" cuts and set six new school records. All that's seemingly left to see is what she has lined up for an encore in year two.
Before Rice Caldwell had served as a volunteer assistant swim coach at Georgia Tech, and also the past four seasons as an age group coach for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Ga. While at Georgia Tech she worked with the distance coach in implementing a specific training program for those events. A total of three of the distance swimmers who she worked with went on to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
At Rice Caldwell assists with all areas of the Owls' swim program and have a primary focus on training sessions, video, team travel and recruiting. Head coach Seth Huston is impressed with her credentials and competitiveness.
"Amanda has been a great addition to our staff," said coach Huston. "She brings in a different skill set and a tremendous passion for coaching and the sport of swimming."
Caldwell was a four-year letterwinner at Youngstown State, where she routinely scored for the Penguins at the Horizon League Championships. To complete her bachelor's degree in 2006, she had an intern coaching position at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Caldwell went on to earn her Masters from James Madison University in 2008.
At the Dynamo she coached several Senior Sectional qualifiers, one swimmer who earned NCSA Jr. cuts, and the rest who competed on the state level. Caldwell has coached age group state champions (individual and relays), as well as age group sectional champions (relays). In her career she served an internship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Caldwell has also worked at different swim camps across the country, including multiple camps in Texas.
A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Caldwell is a 2001 graduate of Martins Ferry High School where she served as the swim team's co-captain. She set a host of school records in multiple events.
Caldwell is certified as a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (Level II) and a member of United States Swimming.