Ryley Egger, Sports Information Director
LINCOLN – Nebraska Wesleyan University has officially named Kyle Hunt as the head coach for men’s and women’s swimming. Hunt recently served as the interim head coach during the 2020-2021 season before moving to the full-time position. Hunt is the second head coach in program history, following the retirement of Greg Fleming in March 2020.
“The Nebraska Wesleyan University administration and the athletic department added supportive and positive layers to the successes of the swimming program built under coach Fleming,” Hunt said. “I knew I wanted to continue to be a part of that and I am blessed with this opportunity to be the next head coach for Nebraska Wesleyan.”
As the interim head coach, Hunt was tasked with guiding the Nebraska Wesleyan swimming program through the COVID-19 global health pandemic. NWU’s men’s team went 4-1 in duals and finished fourth in the Liberal Arts Championships; the women’s team went 4-2 in duals with a third-place finish at the Liberal Arts Championships. The program also saw a handful of records broken during the season. Additionally, the Prairie Wolves were named as one of America’s Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association.
“The most significant influences of all student-athletes experiences are those grounded in academic, athletic, and social perspectives,” Hunt said. “I have prepared and worked hard to enhance those experiences throughout my coaching career and cannot wait to keep elevating this program to new heights.”
Before moving into the interim role, Hunt was an assistant coach for NWU. Hunt was instrumental in practice planning, training, and recruiting. Prior to that, Hunt was the head swimming coach at Lincoln Northeast High School from 2004-19.
As head coach of the Rockets, he had student-athletes break 30 school records and coached three state champions, four All-Americans, and was named the 2015 Nebraska Swimming Coach of the Year. Hunt also had numerous Academic All-State and Academic All-Conference recipients. His career included being the head coach at the Club Husker Swimming from 2004-2019 as well.
In addition to his head coaching experience, Hunt has coached, trained, and produced 116 All-Star, Central Zone, and Regional 8 Sectional qualifiers, three state champions, two NCAA Division II champions, and Olympic Trials qualifiers in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Hunt and his wife, Tiffany, have three children. He was a graduate of Lincoln East High School. As a Spartan student-athlete, he swam for Greg Fleming. Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002.