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MIKE LITZINGER, HEAD WOMEN'S SWIMMING COACH
Mike Litzinger, a veteran of 14 seasons as a head coach in men's and women's swimming and diving and a key member of the University of North Carolina men's and women's swimming staff the last eight years, was named head women's swimming and diving coach at the University of Notre Dame in April 2015.
Litzinger (pronounced LITZ-ing-er) brought with him to South Bend the experience of seven years as head coach of both the men's and women's programs at the University of Utah (2000-07) and seven more as head women's coach at St. Bonaventure University (1989-1996). He has been the associate head coach at North Carolina since 2011 after first joining the Tar Heel staff in 2007.
Litzinger's eight-year women's resume with the Tar Heels featured a 57-17 dual meet mark (.770), seven runner-up finishes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and top 19 finishes in the NCAA Championships each of the last four seasons--including a best of 12th in 2012-13. During his tenure the Tar Heels produced 33 individual All-Americans and 13 relay units that claimed All-America status.
On the men's side during those same eight seasons beginning in 2007-08, the Tar Heels finished 56-15 (.788) in dual meets, ended up second three times and third four times in the ACC Championships and enjoyed top-15 finishes in the NCAA Championships three straight years from 2010-12, the first time since 1956-58 North Carolina had done that in men's swimming & diving. Litzinger assisted in producing 34 individual North Carolina men's All-Americans and 13 relay squads that garnered All-America honors.
JOE SPAHN, ASSISTANT SWIMMING COACH
Joseph Spahn enters his first year with the University of Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team in 2015.
Prior to being hired at Notre Dame, Spahn worked at the University of Hawai’i Manoa as an assistant coach and the women’s recruiting coordinator. In this role, he served as the travel coordinator and women’s recruiting coordinator, and was the lead coach for middle distance swimmers across all strokes and the IM group. Spahn was instrumental in helping the team win the school’s first women’s conference title (mountain pacific sports federation) since 2006, and merely the second since 1986. Both the men’s and women’s teams continually finished within the top five in the MPSF standings during his tenure.
In addition to his coaching experience, Spahn has coached at several swim camps including the Tar Heel swim camp, Texas Longhorn swim camp, Air Force Academy swim camp and Colorado State University swim camp.
APRIL WOO, ASSISTANT SWIMMING COACH
April Woo, a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford University for the 2014-15 season, joined the University of Notre Dame swimming and diving program as an assistant coach in June 2015. Woo was the first hire under women's swimming and diving head coach Mike Litzinger, who became the program's sixth head coach in the spring of 2015.
Prior to coaching at Stanford, Woo was an assistant coach for Florida Gulf Coast University from 2012-14. There she assisted with the team’s recruiting classes, which included the 12th ranked recruiting class in 2013. She also designed weight training programs for the distance swimmers. In her last season at FGCU, the Eagles placed 32nd at the 2014 NCAA Division I Championships, which was the highest finish in program history. Three individual All-America citations highlighted the 2014 run. In her first year with the program (2012-13), the team claimed the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association team title.
Outside of her assistant duties with various collegiate programs, Woo has assisted with several camps and clubs all over the country including the Neal Studd Swimming Camp, Ohio Masters, Swim Strongsville Club, Fast Lane Swimming Camp, LLC and the Pacific Swim School.