Kevin Swander enters his fifth season as an assistant coach at South Carolina. A 13-time All-American at Indiana, Swander brings an extensive swimming background with him to the Gamecock coaching staff.
In his time with the Gamecocks, Swander has produced very successful recruiting classes and improved the number of new Olympic Trial qualifiers. South Carolina sent nine swimmers to the 2016 Olympic Trials.
In 2015, Swander coached Amanda Rutqvist to a Swedish National Title.
A native of Greenwood, Ind., Swander got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Indiana from 2008-09. During the stint with his alma mater, Swander did video analysis work and provided detailed analysis and technique suggestions to the coaching staff. He also assisted with on-campus recruiting, managed equipment and helped maintain recruit files.
Following his graduate assistantship at Indiana, Swander spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach at Bloomington High School South, where he was in charge of weights and strength training and the breaststroke group.
As a swimmer, Swander has compiled a long list of accolades. A two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships, Swander helped lead Indiana to its first Big Ten title in 21 years in 2006 as he won the 100-yard breaststroke, finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke and fourth in the 200-yard IM. He went on to finish second in the 100 breaststroke at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Along with earning 13 All-America honors during his Hoosier career, he was also a five-time individual Big Ten champion.
Swander was a five-time U.S. National Team member and a three-time Olympic Trials finalist. At the 2004 ConocoPhillips National Championships, Swander captured the 100-meter breaststroke national title. He won silver medals at the 2005 World University Games in the 100 breaststroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley relay. At the 2009 World University Games, he claimed gold in both the 50 breaststroke and 400 medley relay.
Swander won silver at the 2011 Pan American Games in the 400 medley relay. At the 2011 U.S. National Championships, he captured silver in the 100 breaststroke and gold in the 400 medley relay.