ALABAMA SWIM COACH NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM COACHING STAFF
Alabama swimming and diving coach Coley Stickels was named a United States National Team coach for the eighth year in a row.
“As a coach, being a part of the USA staff is a tremendous honor,” Stickels said in a press release. “But more than anything, it’s a thrill to help young men and women achieve their goal of swimming for their country and put themselves in a position to make it to the Olympic Games.”
Alabama sophomore Kensey McMahon was named to the United States National Team after placing second in the 1,500-meter freestyle at this summer’s national championships. McMahon’s 16:09.80 at summer nationals ranks her in the top-16 in the world.
Freshman Liam Bell had an impressive summer earning a spot on the USA National Junior Team after recording a 1:01.19 in the 100-meter backstroke to win the U.S. Junior National Championships. His time makes him among the top 100 in the world.
Stickels also coaches three current Team USA swimmers, including sprinters Ryan Held and Margo Geer as well as butterflyer Amanda Kendall.
Held won the 2019 USA 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle championship with a pair of career-best marks. He also won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Geer tied for the most medals by an American swimmer at the 2019 Pan American Games totaling five.
Kendall had a second-place finish in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2019 U.S. National Championships with a career-best 57.51, with a pair of top-20 finishes in the 50m and 100m freestyles.
In addition to eight years as a USA National Team coach, Stickels was a Team USA athlete, earning a spot on the 1999-2000 national team, competing at the Short Course World Championships in 1999.