Jeana Kempe enters her third year with LSU after serving as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University for two seasons. Kempe provides LSU with added expertise in recruiting.
Junior Caley Oquist has seen incredible growth in two years under Kempe. Oquist qualified for NCAA’s for the second time in her career, this time automatically in the 100 and 200 back. Oquist qualified in both events after setting the LSU record at SEC Championships.
Oquist also finished sixth in the championship final of the 100 back and took first in the ‘B’ final of the 200 backstroke at SEC’s. The Monticello, Minnesota native also earned the fifth-best 200 IM time in program history in the ‘C’ final at the SEC’s.
Freshmen Colleen O'Neil and Silas Dejean also saw incredible success in their first year on campus. O’Neil swam three times fast enough for Top 10 marks in program history. O’Neil notched the fourth-fastest 100 breaststroke time (1:02.19) at SEC’s, the sixth-best 200 IM (1:59.19) at midseason, and the fifth-best 200 breaststroke (2:14.66) times in program history at the Texas A&M Invite.
Dejean quickly emerged as one of the team’s top breaststrokers under Kempe’s watch. He swam the eighth-fastest 100 breaststroke (54.23) and 10th-fastest 200 breaststroke (1:59.50) in program history at the SEC Championships. Dejean also reached the ‘C’ final of the 100 breast and 200 breast at the SEC’s.
At NAU, Kempe’s swimmers posted 14 NCAA ‘B’ cuts and broke 14 school records. In addition, 28 program all-time top-five swims were registered.
NAU posted two top-three finishes at the WAC Championships with Kempe as an assistant coach, including a second place finish in 2012. Four NAU swimmers were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-Americans during the 2011-12 season. The swimmers won five individual titles during the 2012 WAC Championships.
During her time in Flagstaff, Kempe also worked with developing the training schedule and dry land programs, organizing recruiting logistics and coordinating alumni relations.
Kempe was a four-year letterwinner at UCLA. She helped lead the Bruins to a pair of second-place finishes in the Pac-12 Conference during her career. She was a three-time top-eight finisher at the Pac-12 Championships and served as team captain her senior season.
Following her collegiate swimming career, Kempe worked in the UCLA athletic department. Kempe mentored student-athletes and helped them succeed in the class room.
Kempe worked as an academic graduate assistant in the NAU athletic department while pursuing her graduate studies in the college of education. As a graduate assistant, she helped the academic coordinators in eligibility and performance of student-athletes.
While in Flagstaff, Kempe gained coaching experience working with the Flagstaff Peaks Aquatic Club.
Prior to swimming at UCLA, Kempe was the Illinois High School Swimmer of the Year, a Junior National Champion, Olympic Trials qualifier (2000 and 2004), National Junior Team member and a US National Finalist.
Kempe, a native of Lebanon, Illinoi was an Athletic Director’s Honor Roll selection at UCLA and earned her undergraduate degree in sociology in 2007. She completed her master’s degree in educational psychology and human relations at NAU in December 2009. Kempe married Andrew Kempe in Sept. 2013.