Aug. 13, 1997
Jennings Named Assistant Swimming Coach
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Jonathan Jennings, former All-America swimmer at the University of Texas, has been named assistant men's swimming coach at Notre Dame, announced head coach Tim Welsh. Jennings, who comes to Notre Dame from SwimAtlanta where he served as head age group coach, will coordinate Notre Dame's recruiting efforts and will assist with day-to-day coaching of the team and administrative duties. He will begin his duties Aug. 25.
"Jonathan is exactly what we were looking for in an assistant coach," said Welsh. "He is a man of high character and principle. His athletic career was one where he did most of his improvement in college which is what our team is in the process of doing. We are very fortunate to have such a great teacher of swimming join our program."
Jennings, a 1994 graduate from Texas with a degree in anthropology, led the Longhorns to NCAA championship titles twice in his career in 1990 and 1991. He earned All-American honors on eight occasions at Texas and remains the Longhorn record holder in the 200 individual medley. Jennings' accomplishments were recognized when was voted most improved swimmer by his teammates in 1992.
In addition to his successes on the collegiate level, Jennings has swum both nationally and internationally. He was a consolation finalist at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 IM and was runner-up at the 1992 U.S. national championships. Jennings won a bronze medal in the 200 IM when he represented the U.S. at the World University Games in 1993. Jennings applied his swimming expertise during the 1996 Olympic Games when he served as a color commentator for One-On-One sports for the swimming events.