Bobcat rising senior set to swim 50 Freestyle in Omaha on Sunday
The 2012-13 season will be Greg Werner's 18th year as head coach of the Ohio Swimming and Diving Program. While at Ohio, he has extended the Bobcats' tradition of success, guiding the team to numerous league and national accolades, including 11 Mid-American Conference Women's Championships.
Werner is coming off a strong 2011-12 season during which Ohio Swimming and Diving placed second at the Mid-American Conference Championships. The Bobcats claimed two spots on the All-MAC First Team (Rachel Stearns and Laurin Williams) and three places on the All-MAC Second Team (Amanda Cecere, Emma Michaels and Sarah Owen). Four Bobcats received First Team Academic All-MAC honors following the season and five more were named Honorable Mention. Laurin Williams earned Mid-Major All-American honors while six of her teammates were named to the Honorable Mention list. The Bobcats were also named the team Mid-Major National Champions of 2011-12 by CollegeSwimming.com.
The 2011-12 season was one of success in the pool and on the diving board. Ohio qualified four divers for the NCAA Zones competition in March, the same number which the program had qualified throughout the last five seasons combined.
In 2010-11, his squad won its 11th Mid-American Conference title while also going 10-2 in dual meets. While at the helm in 2010-11, Werner's student-athletes earned four spots on the Mid-American Conference First Team (Lauren Funk, Lindsay Hamilton, Rachel Heim, Rachel Stearns) and four spots on the Second Team (Amanda Cecere, Petra Chomicz, Stacey Huber, Laurin Williams). Senior Rachel Heim powered her way to four first-place finishes at the MAC Championships, while fellow senior Lindsay Hamilton was also named the conference's MAC Diver of the Year for her stellar season. In addition to Heim, four other Bobcats (Anastasia Bocharnikova, Stacey Huber, Stella Johnson, Amanda Traylor), were all named to the 2011 Academic All-MAC Team.
Under the tutelage of Werner, Ohio swimmers have gained many accolades. He has coached seven MAC Swimmers of the Year (Joanne Park '98; Hollie Bonewit '99; Kim van Selm 2000, '01; Shannon Kelly '02; Ashley Marion '08, Rachel Heim '10), 20 Academic All-Americans and one All-American (Hollie Bonewit 2000). In addition, Werner has guided eight Bobcat swimmers to MAC Outstanding Senior Awards (MacNicol '97; Park 2000; Bresser '01; van Selm '02; Kessler '03; Kelly '04, Marion '09, Heim `10). Divers have also excelled under Werner's watch as Bobcat aerial specialists have landed the conference's top honor by being named Mid-American Conference Diver of the Year in 1998 (Kacy Culver), 2002, 2003, 2004 (Robert Krichbaum), and 2011 (Lindsay Hamilton).
Werner has compiled a 214-110-3 overall record at Ohio, including an impressive MAC record of 162-39-2 in women's dual meets. He has also guided the Bobcats in the classroom, where his squads have been named NCAA Academic All-America teams for their scholarly performance every season since 1995. After an extensive career on the collegiate and club levels, Werner came to Ohio following eight years at Southern Methodist University, where he helped the swimming and diving teams make the jump from a top-25 national ranking to four-consecutive national top-four finishes. At SMU, he helped the Lady Mustangs capture the 1992, 1993 and 1994 U.S. Open team titles. Those teams spawned seven NCAA Division I national champions, 32 Southwest Conference champions and over 75 NCAA All-America honors.
Werner has made a splash nationally and internationally as he has been named to ten USA National Team staffs. Most recently, Werner was tabbed the team manager for the USA Swimming 2009 World Championships squad, which competed in Rome, Italy. This latest appointment follows his service with the national teams representing the United States in the 1998 (New York City) and 2001 (Brisbane, Australia) Goodwill Games, the 2002 Pan-Pacific Championships (Yokohama, Japan) and the 2005 and 2007 World Championships in Montreal, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. In 1990 and 1993, Werner was on staff at the U.S. Olympic Festivals in Minneapolis and San Antonio. In 1995, he served on the U.S. staff at the Pan-American Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. Additionally, Werner was on the 1999 World University Games staff in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In 1991, he was the head coach of the North Texas Southern Zone championship team as well as the North Texas age group and national racing camps.
Werner began his coaching career at South Carolina as a student assistant. During the 1984-85 season, the Gamecocks won the Metro Conference title and logged national finishes of 14th (women) and 23rd (men), while fielding 15 All-Americans. Upon graduation, Werner traveled to Portland, Ore., where he served as the assistant senior coach and head age group coach for the T.O.P. Swim Team. In just under 22 months, the U.S.S. Club leaped from 35th in the state to the second-ranked program. Werner is a native of New York City and was raised in the San Francisco Bay area where he earned All-America honors at Campolindo High School. He competed collegiately at the University of South Carolina, where he served as the captain of the 1983-84 conference-championship team and qualified for the NCAA Championships. Werner earned his bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism administration from the University of South Carolina in 1985.
On June 5, 2010, Werner married the former Courtney Kostival of Athens, Ohio. The couple welcomed Edward Tucker Werner into the world on April 25, 2011.