KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT release) -- Tennessee head swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich added another assistant to his staff with the return of Ashley Jahn to Knoxville.
A former collegiate swimmer and water polo player for Air Force, Jahn has spent the last two years as an assistant coach at UNLV and Idaho. She was previously a graduate assistant with the Lady Vols for two seasons from 2008-10.
Her hiring coincides with the departure of Jennifer Woodruff, who left the program after spending seven years as the assistant coach for the women’s team. Woodruff elected to focus on her young family after her son, Carter, was born.
“When we learned Jen was stepping aside to raise her family, my immediate thought was we had to get Ashley back here,” Kredich said. “I feel pretty lucky to be able to get her.
“She has a lot of the same skills and a lot of the same demeanor as Jen, but she has a lot of unique skills on her own. She’s done a phenomenal job the last couple years with UNLV and Idaho.”
Jahn was part of an entirely new coaching staff for the women's team at Idaho in 2011-12, where the Vandals broke 12 school records and finished seventh at the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
When Jahn was a graduate assistant with thewomen’s program at Tennessee, the Lady Vols had 23 NCAA qualifiers, 15 All-Americans and seven SEC individual champions.
Prior to her coaching career, Jahn spent four years as a member of Air Force’s water polo squad and three seasons on the swimming team, graduating in 2003 with a degree in social sciences. She then spent five years with the US Air Force as a Medical Service Corps Officer before starting graduate school at Tennessee.
Tennessee’s swimming and diving staff is starting to take shape after the men’s and women’s programs were combined in April. Bret Lundgaard joined the staff as an assistant swimming coach, and 2012 SEC Diving Coach of the Year Dave Parrington will return for his 23rd season at Tennessee.
In addition to Woodruff not returning to the swimming staff, Lars Jorgensen has also resigned. Jorgensen served as the men’s interim head coach from January until the end of the season.
While the collegiate season does not begin until September, the Tennessee squad still has much to train for at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. A number of swimmers stayed on campus this summer training for the U.S. Olympic Trials that runs June 25 through July 2 in Omaha, Neb. The U.S. Olympic Diving Trials is June 17 through 24 in Federal Way, Wash.