USC hires Jeremy Kipp as head swim coach

first_img“We are delighted to welcome Jeremy Kipp back to the Trojan Family,” Bohn said in a press release. “He was highly regarded during his time at USC as an assistant, then he quickly built a strong program at Boise State and made a remarkable and immediate impact at Northwestern. Recognized throughout the swimming profession as a rising star, he possesses a unique talent to lead, empower and relate to today’s student-athlete, which is consistent with our student-athlete centric leadership model.” Kipp also spent eight seasons with the UC Santa Barbara men’s and women’s teams, coached the Austria national team at the 2009 European Championships and has mentored 25 Olympic qualifiers who have won a combined 17 medals. Kipp served as the head coach at Northwestern the past two seasons, leading the Wildcats’ men’s team to the No. 22 national ranking in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as well as their highest finish — fifth place — in the Big Ten since 2007. He helped the team score 665 points this year, the most in the school’s history, while producing seven All-Americans. Kipp led the women’s team to the No. 25 national ranking, fourth place in the Big Ten — the team’s best since 2002 — and 907.5 points, also a program record. Jeremy Kipp, USC’s new swimming and diving head coach, worked as an assistant at USC from 2008 to 2015. (Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information) Kipp served as an assistant at USC from 2008 to 2015, including the last five years working as the head assistant. Kipp helped lead USC’s recruiting program and worked primarily with the team’s sprinters. USC’s men’s swim and dive program has won nine NCAA championships and the women have won one. “There is no tradition like that of the USC swimming and diving program, one that is near and dear to my heart,” Kipp said in the same press release. “I am honored and committed to leading USC to the highest level in and out of the pool. To our current Trojan swimmers and divers, I look forward to our journey together in consistently becoming one of the nation’s top programs.”center_img The men’s and women’s team earned a top-eight NCAA finish in each of Kipp’s last five years, churning out 107 All-Americans and 38 individual champions during his eight years as an assistant. USC also brought in top-five recruiting classes for seven consecutive years. Kipp’s hire comes four months after Dave Salo announced the 2020 season would be his final of 14 as USC’s head coach. The USC women’s team ranked No. 8 nationally in the shortened 2020 season while the men finished No. 21.  Kipp was the women’s head coach at Boise State from 2016 to 2018, winning the Mountain West Conference Women’s Coach of the Year award each year and taking home the conference championship in 2017 and 2018.  Jeremy Kipp, a former head coach at Boise State and Northwestern and previously an assistant at USC, is taking over as the newest head coach of the USC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, athletic director Mike Bohn announced Tuesday.  “Jeremy is the right person to elevate our historically successful men’s and women’s swimming programs,” Bohn said. “We are thrilled that he is our new head coach.”last_img read more

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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers rely on familiar formula, shut out Braves in NLDS Game 2

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies And it came in the second game of a Dodgers’ postseason, the first time since 2009 Kershaw was not the Game 1 starter. It was a much-dissected decision that Kershaw finally admitted added fuel to his already-considerable fire.“Yeah, maybe. Maybe a tick, for sure,” he said in the post-game interview room, his son and daughter sitting on his knees and slapping at the microphone. “But (Game 1 starter Hyun-Jin) threw so unbelievable last night that you just want to match him.“That’s all I was trying to do, try and put our team in a good spot. You want to defend home-field advantage when you have home field obviously. So Game 1, Game 2, Game whatever – I’m getting to pitch in the playoffs and I’m excited about that.”The series now shifts to Atlanta, where rookie right-hander Walker Buehler could pitch the Dodgers to a series sweep Sunday night. If he gives up a run, it will be the Braves’ first since Sunday.The back-to-back shutouts in the postseason are the Dodgers’ first since Game 2 and 3 of the 2016 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. According to Stats LLC, the Dodgers are only the second team in postseason history to have back-to-back shutouts in the first two games of a postseason – the New York Yankees did it to the New York Giants in the 1921 World Series. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img LOS ANGELES — Second verse, same as the first.Some of the names and details changed. The format – a dominant left-hander on the mound, multiple home runs from the offense – and the outcome did not.Clayton Kershaw made his one-day-delayed postseason debut and allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings. Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal hit home runs and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of their National League Division Series 3-0 on Friday night.It was the longest and probably best start of Kershaw’s star-crossed postseason career – and Manager Dave Roberts was roundly booed by the home crowd when he let Kershaw warm up for the ninth then went out and pulled him from the game after the Braves’ pinch-hitter was announced. “Really impressive,” Cody Bellinger said of Kershaw’s performance Friday. “We knew it (the Game 1 decision) wasn’t going to affect him. He’s a competitor no matter what day he pitches. We knew he was going to shove.”Over the previous two days, Roberts wearied of the questions about starting Kershaw in Game 2. But he said he never doubted how Kershaw would respond to what he likely perceived as a slight.“It is impressive. It’s not a surprise,” Roberts said. “This guy is a potential Hall of Fame player. So to have the noise around him – when it comes to his day to start and to help his ballclub win a game, I had no concern that anything was going to affect him.“Our decision – a lot was made of it. But I think that I feel good that we put both those guys in position to pitch well.”Grandal had to pause when asked if that decision had created a distraction.“Distraction?” he repeated. “I don’t think that was a distraction. That was a move that was made to help the team. He’s all for that. I think the fact that we were able to come out with two wins is all that matters.”Like Ryu in Game 1, Kershaw strolled through the Braves’ lineup with ease. He spent even less time on the mound than Ryu did despite pitching deeper.Ronald Acuña Jr. scorched his first pitch into the left-center field gap for a double. He went to third on a ground out – the first time in this NLDS a Braves runner made it that far – but was stranded there when Kershaw froze Nick Markakis with a curveball for a called third strike.After the first-pitch ambush, Kershaw retired the next 14 Braves in order. The early swinging worked for Acuña but no one else. The first 17 Braves batters and 19 of the first 20 swung at Kershaw’s first or second pitch.The aggressive approach is a familiar strategy for opponents facing Kershaw. But it is a dangerous one – if you don’t get to Kershaw with it, you will be seeing him all night because of a low pitch count. It played right into Kershaw’s hands – or into his infielder’s hands. He struck out only three but got 14 outs on ground balls in the first seven innings and only threw 73 pitches.“They’ve done a lot of damage early in counts … a lot of those guys like to swing the bats,” Kershaw said. “A lot of other teams against me tend to swing early, for the most part.“It didn’t catch me off guard, really. Tonight, I think the biggest thing is I was able to throw some breaking balls for strikes early in the count, which definitely helped out.”The Braves didn’t get their second hit of the game until Ender Inciarte beat out a dribbler to second base with one out in the fifth. Kershaw hit a batter in the sixth but was otherwise stressed only by a comebacker by Ozzie Albies in the fifth that caused him to slip on the grass.“He pitched,” Roberts said. “For me, that was one of the best outings that I’ve seen that I can recall, in the sense that he used his complete repertoire of pitches. He used both sides of the plate. He changed eye levels effectively. And he really pitched.”Like Ryu, Kershaw was able to pitch with the lead for nearly the entire game.Joc Pederson didn’t lead off with a home run this time. He only doubled. Two outs later, Manny Machado got the green light on a 3-and-0 pitch and drove a two-run home run into the left-field pavilion.“I want him to swing right there,” Roberts said. “I was hoping he’d get a fastball that he could handle and I trust that if it’s in the strike zone then he could slug it. I can’t recall what Buck (Showalter, former Orioles manager) did with him. But here in the right spot, I feel good about certain guys swinging 3-and-0.”The Dodgers have held the lead after every inning of this series so far. They padded that lead with a solo home run by Grandal in the fifth inning. It was one of just 10 hits in the first two NLDS games for the Dodgers – but their fifth home run.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was just trying to see the ball,” said Grandal, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Game 1 and was dropped to eighth in the batting order for Game 2. “I wasn’t seeing the ball out of his hand and if I’m not seeing the ball out of the hand, my swing is messed up. So I went to my two-strike approach, just tried to see it out of his hand.”Kershaw drew a roar from the crowd when he charged out to the mound to warm up for the ninth inning. But it was just a ploy. Once right-handed Tyler Flowers was announced as the pinch-hitter, Roberts left the dugout to replace Kershaw with Jansen – drawing loud disapproval from the crowd.“Did you want Daddy to finish?” Kershaw said, turning to his 3-year-old daughter Cali when the question was posed after the game. “No? See – she knows. She knows.”Like all of the Dodgers’ pitching choices in this series (starting with the Ryu-Kershaw decision), it worked. Jansen retired the side to close out the win and give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.last_img read more

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