June 22, 2012
HOUSTON - The Rice swim program has named Amanda Caldwell as the new assistant coach, Owl head coach Seth Huston announced on Friday (June 22).
Caldwell had served the past year 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 are heading to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
At Rice Caldwell will assist with all areas of the Owls' swim program and have a primary focus on training sessions, video, team travel and recruiting. Coach Huston is impressed with her credentials and competitiveness.
"Amanda will be 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. I was very impressed with Amanda in our time together on her interview and her former employers at Dynamo Swim Club and Georgia Tech raved about how integral Amanda was in their programs."
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.
"I am excited to be here at Rice and get to work with Coach Huston and the Owls," Caldwell said. "I look forward to working with the team as they strive to reach higher athletic and academic goals this upcoming season."
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.