BATON ROUGE – The LSU swimming and diving program has hired former Eastern Michigan assistant coach Chase Kreitler to become the team’s new assistant coach, it was announced Friday.
“I think Chase brings a great energy and excitement to our staff,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “He has a distinct drive that is very much appreciated in the office and on the pool deck. He comes highly recommended from a number of his past employers and peers in the swimming community.”
Kreitler served on the Eastern Michigan swimming and diving staff for two years as a graduate assistant during the 2011-12 season and assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.
During Kreitler’s tenure, Eastern Michigan produced a two-time All American in Jacob Hanson as well as breaking 20 team records. The men’s team also won back-to-back Mid-American Conference Championships.
Prior to his stint at Eastern Michigan, Kreitler spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Cal State Bakersfield men’s program. During his two years working with sprinters, CSUB swimmers broke 10 team records. During the 2010-11 season, CUSB won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference title.
“Chase stood out head and shoulders above an excellent pool of candidates,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “It was evident that he is an excellent match for our program from the start of the interview process. Chase brings energy and has a passion for the development of the student-athlete in and out of the classroom. We are excited to have Chase a part of our LSU swimming and diving family.”
Kreitler also spent a summer in Fort Collins, Colo., as co-director and coach at the Athletes in Action Colorado Swim Project. He trained collegiate athletes during an eight week high-altitude training camp.
Kreitler graduated from California State University Bakersfield where he was a co-captain as a senior and was named outstanding student in his field of study. He is currently is pursuing a master’s degree in exercise physiology.
“I would like to thank head coaches Dave Geyer and Doug Shaffer for the opportunity to join the LSU coaching staff,” Kreitler said. “LSU is an outstanding university and I am excited to coach such an exceptional group of men and women.”