Augustana Names Andrew Makepeace Program’s Second Swim & Dive Head Coach

Courtesy: Augustana Athletics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana Athletics has introduced its second swimming & diving head coach in Andrew Makepeace. Makepeace joins the Vikings following his 11 years as the pinnacle coach for swimming & diving at Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio.

“I couldn’t be extra thrilled to embark on the subsequent chapter of my teaching profession as the pinnacle swimming and diving coach at Augustana College,” stated Makepeace. ” This second is bittersweet. My time at Findlay has facilitated a lot private {and professional} development and makes me grateful for the numerous alternatives being an Oiler afforded me and the robust relationships I’ll cherish, nonetheless, this place and staff excite me greater than phrases can categorical.”

“I need to thank Madison Peterson and Josh Morton for making this attainable,” Makepeace added. ” They, together with so many others, made me really feel welcome and included and made Augustana really feel like dwelling. Josh’s imaginative and prescient for Augustana athletics will get me excited to take the swimming and diving program to the subsequent degree. Lindsie Micko did an incredible job establishing this program and I look to proceed the upward trajectory to achieve even higher heights.”

Whereas at Findlay College, Makepeace constructed the Oilers swimming and diving program into among the finest within the Midwest. Below his steering, the ladies’s staff had 45 NCAA Division II All-Individuals whereas the boys’s staff had 18. He has been named the Nice Midwest Athletic Convention (G-MAC) Coach of the Yr six instances and has gained 5 G-MAC championships with the boys and two with the ladies. Throughout his 11 seasons at Findlay, his student-athletes established 65 girls’s college information and 84 males’s college information.

Each of his groups at UF have additionally had a lot success within the classroom, incomes Tutorial All-American honors in every of his seasons. In 2012-13, his males’s squad recorded the very best GPA in all of NCAA Division II swimming.

“We’re thrilled to have Andrew and his household be a part of the Augustana Neighborhood,” stated Affiliate Athletics Director for Compliance and Senior Girl Administrator, Madison Peterson. “Andrew is a confirmed winner and might be an important chief for our Males’s and Ladies’s Swimming and Diving Program.”

Previous to his time at Findlay, Makepeace was the assistant males’s and ladies’s swimming & diving coach at Minnesota State. He helped develop over 25 All-America student-athletes over his 4 years, whereas additionally aiding growth in 50 NCAA qualifiers.

Coach Makepeace garnered his Grasp of Science in sport & train physiology in addition to his Bachelor of Arts of english literature from Minnesota State. He’s a four-year letter winner for Minnesota State from 2004 to 2008. His accolades embrace the 2007 and 2008 staff captain in addition to Most Inspirational in 2008. He additionally earned all-conference honors in 2006 and 2007.

“We’re excited to plant down roots within the Sioux Falls space and turn into pillars throughout campus and the neighborhood,” Makepeace stated. “I’m keen to maneuver again to the Midwest and get began as a Viking!”

Makepeace is married to his spouse, Bree, and collectively they’ve a son, Boone, and daughter, Riplee. Bree is a 2016 and 2018 graduate of Augustana College.