Alicia Kemnitz begins her eighth season as the head men's and women’s swimming coach at Lindsey Wilson College in 2017-18.
Kemnitz has turned a new program -- 2009-10 was the first year for Lindsey Wilson swimming -- into one that annually competes at the NAIA National Championships where the men's and women’s teams have combined for eight top-10 finishes in seven seasons.
The 2016-17 season was a historic one on the national stage for the Blue Raiders as the women's team achieved the highest finish in program history at the NAIA National Championships in fifth place, while the men's team matched their best-ever finish in eighth place. Ronni Borders picked up two NAIA All-American honors at the 2017 championships, becoming the first Blue Raider in program history to earn All-American honors in two seperate seasons. On the men's side, Jonas Mueller became the first All-American in program history after placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke. For her efforts throughout the season, Kemnitz was named both the Men's and Women's Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year.
At the 2016 NAIA National Championships, Kemnitz led both the men's and women's teams to the highest finishes in school history at the time as the men finished eighth and the women took sixth. Kemnitz coached the first NAIA Swimming National Champion in school history after Ronni Borders took home the title in the 100-yard breaststroke. Borders later earned All-American honors in the 200-yard breaststroke, becoming the first two-time All-American in program history.
At the 2015 NAIA National Championships, the Blue Raider women matched their previous best-ever finish at the championships with their second-straight 10th-place finish while the men's team placed 14th.
The 2014-15 season saw a historical moment as Laura Stephenson became the program's first-ever NAIA All-American after finishing in third-place in the 200-yard butterfly event.
This past year’s national championship extended Kemnitz’s streak of sending swimmers to every NAIA National Championships since becoming the Blue Raiders’ coach.
For her efforts in 2014-15, Kemnitz was named the MSC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.
During Kemnitz’s seven seasons, the Blue Raider men are 44-24 in dual matches while the women are 45-21. The Lindsey Wilson men just missed a perfect dual season in 2013-14, going 6-1 during the season in head-to-head matches. Both squads suffered just one dual loss in 2015-16 as the men went 7-1 and the women went 8-1, followed by an 8-1 perfromance by the women in 2016-17.
Both the men's and women's teams earned CSCAA Scholar Team honors in 2016-17 and seven student-athletes were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes this past season.
Kemnitz has been honored four times as an American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of Excellence.
Outside the pool, Kemnitz’s hard work -- along with other Mid-South Conference coaches – has resulted in swimming becoming a conference-sanctioned sport in 2014-15 with a championship and all-conference honors being awarded before the national championships.
Prior to the 2014-15 season, Kemnitz and Lindsey Wilson had hosted the Mid-South Conference Invitational -- a non-championship event -- for two seasons on the Lindsey Wilson campus.
Before coming to Lindsey Wilson, Kemnitz served one season as assistant coach at Lycoming (Pa.) after four years as the head coach at King’s (Pa.).
While at Lycoming, Kemnitz helped lead the women’s program to the Middle Atlantic Conference title. It was the program’s first conference title in 13 seasons. She served as the team’s recruiting coordinator and aided in writing, organizing and leading practices.
While at King’s, Kemnitz led the program to 34 school records during her four seasons and coached the first three all-conference swimmers since 1998. The program also grew from two swimmers following her first season to 19 in her final season.
As a student-athlete at Hollins (Va.), Kemnitz was a two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference performer. In 2007, Kemnitz, along with another inductee, became the youngest member of the Hollins Athletics Hall of Fame.
Kemnitz graduated from Hollins in 2002 and later completed her master’s degree from Old Dominion (Va.) in 2005.
Collegiate Coaching Career
King’s College: Head Coach (2005-09)
Lycoming College: Assistant Coach (2009-10)
Lindsey Wilson College: Head Coach (2010-present)
Office: Doris and Bob Holloway Health and Wellness Center
Mail: 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY 42728
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|Alicia Kemnitz’s Collegiate Career -- Men’s Swimming|
|2010-11||Lindsey Wilson||6-2||NAIA Championships - 16th|
|2011-12||Lindsey Wilson||6-7||NAIA Championships - 10th|
|2012-13||Lindsey Wilson||5-5||NAIA Championships - 10th|
|2013-14||Lindsey Wilson||6-1||NAIA Championships - 12th|
|2014-15||Lindsey Wilson||8-5||NAIA Championships - 14th|
|2015-16||Lindsey Wilson||7-1||NAIA Championships - 8th|
|2016-17||Lindsey Wilson||6-3||NAIA Championships - 8th|
|Alicia Kemnitz’s Collegiate Career -- Women’s Swimming|
|2011-12||Lindsey Wilson||8-8||NAIA Championships - 17th|
|2012-13||Lindsey Wilson||7-3||NAIA Championships - 11th|
|2013-14||Lindsey Wilson||4-4||NAIA Championships - 10th|
|2014-15||Lindsey Wilson||10-4||NAIA Championships - 10th|
|2015-16||Lindsey Wilson||8-1||NAIA Championships - 6th|
|2016-17||Lindsey Wilson||8-1||NAIA Championships - 5th|