Samland Resigns as Head Swimming & Diving Coach – University of Nebraska Omaha Athletics

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OMAHA, Neb. – After nearly 25 years, longtime Omaha swimming and diving head coach Todd Samland has announced his resignation. He will step down as head swimming & diving coach effective immediately.
 

Samland has led the women’s swimming & diving team since its inception in 1997 and the men’s swimming & diving team since it was added in 2020.
 
The announcement was shared with student athletes and other coaches in the swimming and diving programs at Omaha earlier today. Omaha’s Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Adrian Dowell announced that Jessica Hessel will serve as the interim head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs for the season. 
 
“Coach Samland is synonymous with swimming and diving in the Omaha community, and our programs performed at a high level under his leadership. On behalf of Omaha Athletics and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, I want to thank Coach Samland for his dedication to swimming and diving at Omaha, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” Dowell said.
 

Coach Samland completed 24 years as the head coach of the Omaha swimming & diving program in 2021-22, serving as the program’s only head coach in program history.
 
“I want to express my gratitude to the athletic department for the support of our program over the past 24 years,” said Samland. “I would like to especially thank Connie Claussen for hiring me and believing in me. 
 
“What I have enjoyed most is the people I have met through coaching – athletes, staff, and coaches. The athletes I have coached over the years, and their families, have truly been a blessing in my life and I cherish the relationships that have been formed over the years and look forward to staying connected to many of them. Now it is time to take a step in another direction, my family and I are looking forward to our next chapter as I dive into the private sector for my next career.”
 

Samland saw the start of the Omaha men’s swimming & diving program last season. In their first year of competitive action, the Maverick men saw a fourth-place finish at the Summit League championships. Samland coached five athletes to seven individual All-Summit honors and three relay teams to All-Summit accolades.
 
In 2021-22, the Maverick women also found success under Samland posting a third-place finish at the Summit League Championships. He helped coach the squad to three relay and four individual All-Summit honors. Darby Drake was also the first diver to compete at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships since the 2017-18 season.
 
The Mavericks were also successful in the classroom under Samland’s tenure. In the fall of 2019, the women’s team had the highest team GPA in the nation. This past spring, the team had the third highest GPA in the country.

In 2018-19, Samland earned his second-straight Summit League Coach of the Year honor after a third-place finish at the championships. His team saw 10 student-athletes garner All-Summit honors in Kirsten Kracke, Rachel Morrow, Madison Ewald, Anna Capoun, Bethany Gatlin, Abbey Mitchell, Kylie Vermeire, Lizzy Giese, Grete Baker and Jacquelyn Gaworski. Those 10 garnered a total of 22 All-Summit awards. 

Samland’s 2017-18 team had unprecedented postseason success, putting together a runner-up finish at the Summit League Championships for their best team placing since joining the conference six years prior. Samland was honored as Summit League Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, and 12 Mavericks combined for 20 All-Summit awards: Naeleah Hadford, Kirsten Kracke, Olivia McLain, Madison Ewald, Rachel Morrow, Tiril Jensen, Cassandra Jahn, Monica Houck, Annika Clinton, Grete Baker, Kylie Vermeire and Brook Landt. Clinton was also named Academic All-Summit.

Additionally, Omaha sent five swimmers to the CSCAA National Invitational Championships, and a program-best three divers qualified for the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships.

Samland’s 2016-17 Maverick squad placed fourth at the Summit League Championships, where six Omaha athletes earned seven All-Summit honors: Jensen, McLain, Landt, Morgan Stepp, Kendra Lair, and Andrea Brosnahan. Jahn picked up Academic All-Summit status, and Brosnahan became the first Maverick in the Division I era to earn an NCAA postseason berth with an appearance in the Zone D Diving Championships.

The 2015-16 season saw the Mavericks finish fifth at the Summit League Championships for the third consecutive year. Four athletes earned five All-Summit honors: Stepp, Jahn, Vermeire and Natalie Renshaw. In addition, Renshaw earned her third straight nod on the Academic All-Summit team.

In 2013-14, Stepp was Omaha’s first Summit League individual champion with her win in the 200 fly. Six athletes were credited with All-Summit awards: Stepp, Renshaw, Madeline Hutt, Jenna Foiles, Whitney Korgan and Miranda Knipfer. Foiles and Renshaw also shined in the classroom, earning Academic All-Summit recognition.

In 2012-13, Omaha’s first year as a member of the Summit League, Samland led the Mavericks to a third-place finish at the conference championships. Nine Maverick athletes earned All-Summit honors for their performances: Foiles, Knipfer, Korgan, Renshaw, Hutt, Mattie Fosbender, Cami Hansberry, Anna Haxby and Erin Wright. Foiles was also named Academic All-Summit.

Samland has coached five NCAA champions, and his student-athletes made 13 straight appearances at the NCAA Division II Swimming Championships from 1999 to 2011. He coached the 2005-06 Maverick squad to a fifth-place finish, Omaha’s highest placing at the NCAA Division II Championships in school history.

Under Samland’s guidance, 33 Mavericks won North Central Conference individual championships and 20 relay championships from the program’s inception to 2007-08. His 2008-09 team swam outside of any conference alignment and finished third in the Northern Sun Championships, hosted by UNO and consisting of six teams from Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. The Mavericks sent a school-record 14 competitors to the NCAA Division II Championships and finished 19th in the nation.

Samland is an Omaha native and a 1984 graduate of UNO with a bachelor’s in exercise science. He earned a master’s degree from UNO in 1987 in recreational administration. Prior to taking the reins of the Omaha swimming & diving team, Samland coached the Maverick Masters Swimming Program for adults, and he was honored as United States Masters Swimming Coach of the Year in 1994.

 


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