Jungbluth Named Interim Head Swimming Coach

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Stephen Jungbluth has been named interim Head Coach of the Amherst College Swimming program for the 1997-1998 season. Jungbluth, 26, replaces Peter Solomon, who has accepted the Head Coaching position at Middlebury.

Jungbluth assumes his first role as a collegiate head coach after assistant coaching the Amherst men's and women's programs. In his two years with the Lord Jeffs, Amherst has boasted seven New England Champions, ten All-Americans and 13 Honorable Mention All Americans while swimmers and divers have shattered 41 varsity and/or pool records. Combined, the men's and women's teams have compiled a 33-6 record during Jungbluth's tenure with the Jeffs, including a perfect 10-0 season for the men in 1995-96. Jungbluth has also served as the swim coach for the Amherst Tritons working with the 7-10 year-old age group.

Originally from Westford, Massachusetts, Jungbluth graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1994. He received the Minuteman Award as a senior Co-Captain to recognize his "dedication and hard work beyond what is expected" after lettering in swimming for four years. In his varsity career, the Minutemen compiled a 46-5 record, including a flawless 13-0 1989-90 season. When he graduated, Jungbluth had clocked the 6th fastest time in UMass history with a 16:29.85 performance in the 1650-meter freestyle.

Jungbluth is currently studying for his Master of Science in Exercise Science, expected later this year. He has worked as a research assistant in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts since 1993 and has been published five times with a sixth paper under review.

Kristen Chappelle will assist Jungbluth for the second year in the 1997-98 season, while Mandy Hixon returns with Justin Murphy to coach the divers.

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