FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas swimming and diving head coach Sean Schimmel announced the promotion of assistant coach Todd Mann to associate head coach Thursday. Mann served as assistant coach for seven seasons and will be continuing his eighth under his new title.
“I’m really excited to have someone like Todd on my staff,” Coach Schimmel said. “He has earned the next step in his career and he has been a huge benefit to me, especially in my first year at Arkansas. The pride he has for the Razorback swimming and diving program is invaluable. He is a great recruiter and his knowledge of coaching is outstanding. He does much more than the call of the job. I have wanted this promotion for Todd and look forward to the future with Todd and what he brings to the deck. I am grateful to be able to work with him. Todd truly cares about each individual team member and is committed to their overall development as a student-athlete.”
In 2012, Mann remained on staff after Coach Schimmel was hired to lead the program. During their first year together, the Razorback swimming and diving program compiled a record-breaking 10-1 regular season record and sixth-place finish at the SEC Championships. Arkansas sent a record seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships and earned a 26th-place finish, the program’s best since 1990. With the assistance of Mann, sophomores Nikki Daniels and Lauren Jordan both earned All-America honors, with Daniels finishing 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke and Jordan finishing 9th in the 1,650 freestyle.
Arkansas also broke 11 school records, including all five relay records. The relay performance in 2012-13 was good enough to allow the Razorbacks to participate in all five relays at the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history.
The team was also awarded the 2012-13 Lee Spencer Cup for commitment to academic and athletic excellence, leadership and personal development, community service and team spirit.
Mann boasts many other accomplishments from his time at Arkansas. Mann coached nine Arkansas swimmers to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in a combined 12 events.
With the help of Mann, the Razorbacks broke seven school records in 2010-11 and sent two swimmers to the NCAA Championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12. In 2010, senior Yi-Ting Siow won back-to-back individual SEC titles in the 200 breaststroke.
Mann also assisted senior swimmer Chelsea Franklin to her second consecutive All-American honor for her performance in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Nicole Menzel also made her NCAA debut when she competed in the 1,650 freestyle alongside Franklin.
A crucial component of the recruiting process at Arkansas, Mann helped sign the 14th-ranked recruiting class for the 2011-12 season. Mann’s other recruiting efforts include the 2007-08 recruiting class, ranked fifth in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com, and the 2008-09 recruiting class once again ranked in the top 25.
In 2007-08, Mann assisted the Razorbacks to a 7-5 regular season record in dual meets, the first winning campaign for the program since 2000-01. With Mann on staff, the team has never had a losing record.
A 1994 graduate of Florida State, Mann has two sons, Cade (8) and Cooper, (5) and one daughter, Casey (7).
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