(UNDATED) -- The College Swimming Coaches Association of America named Tennessee head swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich the 2013 recipient of the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy, the organization announced Tuesday.
The trophy is presented annually to an individual or organization for contributing in an outstanding way to swimming as a competitive sport and as a healthy recreational activity at schools and colleges. It is the highest award of its kind given in the United States.
Kredich recently completed his first year as the head coach of the newly combined mens' and women's swimming and diving program. He and his staff led the Lady Vols to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships -- the best in program history -- and the Vols took 16th in the men's competition, an improvement of six places over last season.
"I'm very grateful for the recognition that this award brings to the job that our entire coaching staff did this year," Kredich said. "Because i have tremendous respect for the high level of coaching that goes on across all NCAA divisions in a variety of circumstances, it is really very humbling to have our program honored in this way. I'm very appreciative of the recognition and I'm committed to live up the the standard that this award represents."
While the Lady Vols succeeded in the team standings, they also enjoyed notable individual performances on a national scale. The team won its ever first three NCAA relay titles, touching the wall first in the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. Senior Kelsey Floyd swam on all three championship teams.
The Lady Vols earned 33 All America honors, 26 of them first team.
On the men's side, the Vols improved from their 22nd-place finish a year ago at the NCAA meet. The Vols earned 19 All-America honors, four first-team. Junior Sam Rairden led the way at the national meet and also took home three individual silver medals at the SEC Championships, where the men and women both finished fourth.
Last summer, Kredich formed practically a brand-new coaching staff. The only returning member of the group was Dave Parrington, who went on to be named the 2013 National Women's Diving Coach of the Year. The new faces on the Tennessee coaching staff included associate coach Tyler Fenwick and assistant coaches Ashley Jahn, Bret Lundgaard and Lance Asti.