Oct. 11, 2010
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa head swimming coach Marc Long announced today that Frannie Malone has been promoted to the position of associate head coach. Malone has served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since joining the Hawkeye coaching staff in 2004.
“I’m pleased to announce the promotion of Frannie Malone to the position of associate head coach,” said Long. “Frannie has been a dedicated ally in the development and success of our teams. Her tireless work and commitment to Iowa swimming and diving has poised our program for an exciting future. I look forward to working with Frannie and the rest of our talented staff as we continue to take our program to new heights.”
An Iowa letterwinner from 1996-98, Malone returned to the Hawkeye deck in 2004 and immediately made a positive impact on the men’s and women’s programs. In 2004-05, she helped guide the Hawkeye women to the second-highest finish at the NCAA Championships (23rd) in school history. In 2009-10, she helped lead the Iowa men to a 10-1 dual meet record, their best dual season in 15 years.
Malone coached events that broke four school records at the 2008 Big Ten Championships and over the last two seasons she has helped lead Iowa to 16 school records.
Since Malone was named assistant coach/recruiting coordinator in 2004, a total of 116 student-athletes have earned academic all-Big Ten honors. In 2009-10, the Hawkeye women were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America all-academic team for the fifth straight year.
“I have been committed to the University of Iowa since I arrived in Iowa City as a student-athlete in 1996,” said Malone. “I am passionate about Iowa swimming and diving and I’m excited about the growth and success that the program has had since I was asked to return by Coach Long seven years ago.
“The opening of the new aquatics facility will not only allow our student-athletes to maximize their potential, but allow us to continue to recruit the student-athletes who will propel our program to an elite level nationally. I would like to thank the administration, and especially Marc Long, for recognizing my dedication to Hawkeye athletics. I’m proud to be a part of this program and so proud to be a Hawkeye.”