Both have prior experience coaching at their alma mater.
Nikki Swenson has been hired as a volunteer assistant coach after serving as a student assistant last year. Swenson took on a coaching role following a successful career wearing the Maroon and Gold. Swenson is set to graduate in May 2013 with a master's degree in applied kinesiology.
Swenson was the Gophers' captain in 2009 and 2010. She claimed 2009 and 2010 NCAA All-Midwest Region honors in cross country and holds Minnesota's 9th-best all-time 6K time (20:45.3-2010) at the Big Ten Championships. Swenson was a member of two (2007 and 2008) Big Ten cross country championship teams as well as (2008 and 2009) Big Ten indoor track team championships. She competed at the NCAA Cross Country championships her junior and senior seasons after serving as an alternate her first two years. She also qualified for the NCAA outdoor meet twice in the 1,500 meters and once in the 800 meters. She was a member of the Gophers' Big Ten meet rosters all four years of her career. Swenson was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team in indoor track in 2008, 2009 and 2010.