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Mike Litzinger is currently the head coach of the mens and womens swim teams at the University of Notre Dame. Previously, Litzinger spent 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 was the associate head coach at North Carolina from 2011-2015 after first joining the Tar Heel staff in 2007.
Litzinger was named in September 2014 to the list of U.S. National Team. His eight-year women’s resume with the Tar Heels featured 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 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. Litzinger assisted in producing 34 individual North Carolina men’s All-Americans and 13 relay squads that garnered All-America honors.
In seven seasons in Salt Lake City, Litzinger built the Utah men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams into two of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference and the nation. Overall, in Litzinger’s seven years, the Utes broke 35 school records, qualified eight athletes in 23 different events for the NCAA Championships and had 14 swimmers qualify for U.S. Nationals. Both programs garnered All-Academic status from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Litzinger’s accolades include Eastern Intercollegiate coach-of-the-year awards in 1992 and 1994 and Atlantic Ten Conference coach-of-the-year honors in 1996 and 1997 while serving as the head coach at St. Bonaventure. As the St. Bonaventure women’s coach, Litzinger led the Bonnies to an ECAC title and two Atlantic Ten championships.
After leaving St. Bonaventure and before going to Utah, Litzinger was the assistant men’s coach at Ohio State from 1996-2000. While there, he helped lead the Buckeyes to two top-25 NCAA finishes.
He began his coaching career at Fredonia State University in New York in 1988-89. While at Fredonia State, Litzinger took the Blue Devils to a second-place SUNYAC Conference finish.
A 1984 graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, New York, Litzinger received his bachelor’s degree in English and was captain of the Hobart swimming team in 1983-84. The same year he was voted the program’s most valuable swimmer. In 1988, he received his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Iowa. While working on his master’s degree, Litzinger was the Hawkeyes’ graduate assistant men’s swimming coach.