Kelly Kremer
Kelly  Kremer

Position:
Head Coach-Men's and Women's

Alma Mater:
Drury


05/09/2013

Women's Swimming and Diving Announces Team Captains

Anton, Caflisch, Janzen and Keefer will lead the team in 2013-14.

03/23/2013

Gophers Finish 10th at 2013 NCAA Championships

It marked the third time in program history that the Gophers finished in the top-10 nationally.

03/22/2013

Gophers Complete Day Two of NCAA Championships

Minnesota sits in 10th place with 99 points following Friday night's events

03/21/2013

Keefer Places Second in 1-Meter Diving at NCAA Championships

Minnesota is in 10th place through one day of competition at the NCAA Championships.

02/22/2013

Gophers Extend Lead to 151, Claim Four Titles

Minnesota sits in first with 573.5 points and eight Big Ten titles

02/25/2014

Three-Peat: Big Ten Champs!

Minnesota claimed its third straight Big Ten Championship at the Aquatic Center.

11/13/2015

Arena Pro Series

Prelims

11/22/2014

Day2 Gran Prix

Swimming

Email: kreme010@umn.edu

In 2015, Kelly Kremer led the Gopher women’s swimming and diving team to a fourth straight Big Ten title, becoming the first women’s program at the University of Minnesota to achieve four consecutive conference championships. Kremer is a five-time Big Ten Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, receiving the honor in 2006 (with co-head coach Terry Ganley), 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has coached three NCAA breaststroke champions and multiple Olympians.

Kremer became the first head coach of a combined University of Minnesota men's and women's swimming and diving program on April 12, 2011. He took on this role after 13 years as an assistant, associate head coach and co-head coach with the Gopher men’s and women’s teams.

Kremer, along with Ganley, had taken the Gopher women's program to unprecedented success as co-head coaches from 2004-11. This followed a run of six years as an associate head coach (2002-04) and assistant coach (1998-02) under Dennis Dale with the men's program.

NCAA SUCCESS
Under Kremer’s tutelage, Jillian Tyler and Haley Spencer won the 2011 NCAA 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke races, respectively. Kierra Smith won the 200 breast in 2015 with what was then the No. 3 time in NCAA history. Before Tyler and Spencer’s feat, the Gophers had only one NCAA women’s swimming champion.

The Gopher women’s team posted 10 consecutive NCAA finishes of 13th place or better from 2006 to 2015, including a program-best ninth-place showing with three individual champions (Kelci Bryant won 1-meter diving) in 2011. The men’s team turned in NCAA top-10 finishes from 2000-04, Kremer’s last five years before moving to the women’s side.

Kremer, who works closely with breaststroke, middle distance and distance swimmers, has been the personal coach for more than All-America performances during his time at Minnesota. During the five seasons of Kremer’s tenure as head coach of the joint program, the women’s team has tallied 42 individual and 15 relay All-America honors. The men have earned 21 individual and seven relay accolades in that time.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kremer has been on the staff of eight total Big Ten championship teams at Minnesota. Before the women’s run of four titles from 2012-15, they also won in 2008 with Kremer and Ganley as co-head coaches. Kremer was on the men’s staff for three titles, as an assistant coach in 2001 and 2002 and the associate head coach in 2004.

Kremer has been the personal coach for more than 30 Big Ten individual title performances at Minnesota. In 2015, Kierra Smith won both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and Brooke Zeiger won the 400-yard individual medley. The Gophers have dominated the women's Big Ten breastroke events in recent years, having won seven of the last nine in both races.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Kremer has coached six Gophers who have made the Olympic Games. Most recently, Kierra Smith qualified to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympics. Kremer also coached Canadians Jillian Tyler (2008, 2012) and Mike Brown (2004, 2008), as well as 2000 Olympians Keam Ang (Malaysia) and Yoav Meiri (Israel).

Kremer served as an assistant coach for the USA men at the 2013 World University Games in Russia. One of his former charges on the women’s side, Ashley Steenvoorden, won silver and bronze medals at the event.

Kremer previously served as an assistant coach to Team USA at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, and coached Haley Spencer to the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke. Ashley Steenvoorden, represented Team USA based on winning the 400-meter freestyle at the 2011 USA National Championships.

Kremer’s previous international coaching experience included serving as Team Mexico’s head coach at the 2002 Short Course World Championships in Moscow, and assisting on Team USA’s staff at the 2004 World Cup meet in Melbourne.

GOPHERS IN THE CLASSROOM
The success has not been limited to the pool under Kremer's watch. Minnesota regularly earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Team status, including both the men’s and women’s teams for both semesters of the 2015-16 season. The Gophers posted at least a dozen Academic All-Big Ten selections in each of his 12 seasons with the women's program. The men have had at least 11 honorees in each of Kremer’s seasons in charge of both programs.

Kaylee Jamison became the first Gopher to earn GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors in 2011. Jenny Shaughnessy was a second team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2009. In 2015, both Jessica Plant and Chris Johnson received the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship. Plant also collected the Wayne Duke Award and Big Ten Medal of Honor. She was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year for her excellence as a student-athlete.

BEFORE MINNESOTA
A native of Mandan, N.D., Kremer began his coaching career in 1988 with the Springfield Aquatics Swim Team in Springfield, Mo. From 1992-94, Kremer was the graduate assistant coach for Drury University, also in Springfield. He served as head coach for John Brown University for one year, 1994-95, before moving to Mission Viejo, Calif., to serve as assistant National Team coach to Bill Rose and the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 1995-98.

As an athlete, Kelly finished fifth in the 100 backstroke at the 1991 US Open and participated in the 1992 Olympic Trials in the same event. During his collegiate career, he was a 24-time NAIA National Champion and 29-time NAIA All-American for Drury University, and was elected to the school's Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 1997. Coach Kremer owns both a B.A. and M.Ed. in education, both from Drury.

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