Rob Miecznikowski
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Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 1st Season
Phone: 563-333-5809

Rob Miecznikowski was named the first head men's and women's swimming and diving coach at St. Ambrose University on Sept. 23, 2016. 

The 2015 State of Iowa High School Coach of the Year, Miecznikowski served as the head girls swimming coach at Iowa City West High School from 1999-2015 and had been the head boys coach there since 2001. 

He won three District/Regional Coach of the Year awards (2012, 2014, 2016) and was a nine-time Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Coach of the Year.

"It is an extreme honor to be taking the head men's and women's swimming and diving position at St. Ambrose University. St. Ambrose has provided an oustanding opportunity to the swimming and diving community and especially for those student-athletes who wish to compete at the collegiate level," Miecznikowski said.

"I am looking forward to creating a positive environment where our student-athletes can excel both in the classroom and in the pool. I am confident with the wonderful resources provided by the community and St. Ambrose staff, we will create a program dedicated to the pursuit of excellence."

Over the last 26 years, Miecznikowski has coached in the state of Iowa at every level. 

After a successful collegiate swimming career at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, where he helped with recruiting and assisted with all on-deck coaching responsibilities.

At Iowa City West, Miecznikowski won two boys state high school championships and his teams currently hold seven Iowa high school records. In 2015-16, he had seven All-American swims, with four of those placing in the top-10 nationally.

Miecznikowski also launched two club teams. He was the head swimming coach for the Waterloo (Iowa) Sharks Swim Club from 1993-1999 and coached for the Hawkeye Aquatics/Iowa Flyers (IFLY) Swim Club in Iowa City from 2009-2014.

"We are very excited to have a quality person and a high-level coach such as Rob join our staff," Shovlain said. "His accomplishments have been impressive at all levels, and I am confident he will build a nationally-recognized swimming program at St. Ambrose."

Miecznikowski earned his degree in Psychology from UNC-Wilmington.

St. Ambrose University announced in late August its decision to add men's and women's swimming and diving as a varsity sport starting in 2017-18. The SAU swimming teams will use the new pool at Davenport Central High School.

2017-18 Men's Swimming & Diving Roster
Roster for 2017-18 Men's Swimming & Diving Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Mitch BerendesSR  Blue Grass, IowaDavenport Central
Dillyn DaGamaFR  Davenport, IowaDavenport Central
Cole DavisFR  Fort Dodge, IowaFort Dodge
Justin FalesFR  Naples, Fla.Gulf Coast
Max FinleyFR  East Moline, Ill.United Township
Josh FlemingSO  Rock Island, Ill.Rock Island
Jackson GreenSR  Cedar Rapids, IowaKennedy
David HallFR  Phoenix, Ariz.Cactus Shadows
Diego HernandezFR  East Moline, Ill.United Township
Noah HoogestraatFR  Cedar Rapids, IowaPrairie
Nathan KuszynskiFR  Batavia, Ill.Marmion Academy
Andrew OttenfeldSR  Evergreen Park, Ill.Evergreen Park
Alec SchanzFR  Amana, IowaHomeschooled
Jason SchulerJR  Chicago, Ill.St. Patrick
Kyle VerdonJR  Davenport, IowaDavenport West
Drew Waters  
Jonathan WhittleSO  Galesburg, Ill.Galesburg
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