|Title:||Head Swimming & Diving Coach|
Peggy Ewald is in her 10th season as head coach of the ONU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs.
She also serves as assistant facility manager and as a lecturer at ONU. Ewald is the first full-time swimming and diving coach in ONU history.
In her nine seasons at the helm, Ewald guided the men’s team to Ohio Athletic Conference Championships titles in each of those nine years and the women’s team to the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2007 OAC titles.
The Polar Bear men have won eight OAC Regular Season Championships and have had 12 OAC Swimmers of the Year, 78 OAC Individual titles, 30 OAC relay titles, 10 NCAA All-Americans and 17 Academic All-OAC honorees.
The ONU women have won eight OAC Regular Season crowns and have had four OAC Swimmers of the Year, 57 OAC Individual titles, 30 OAC relay titles, three Scholar Academic All-Americans, four Scholar All-American Teams and 34 Academic All-OAC honorees.
She was named the OAC Men’s Coach of the Year in ’12, ’11, ’10, ’09, ’08 and ’05 and the OAC Women’s Coach of the Year in ’12, ’11, ’09, ’07 and ’06.
Her squads have set 126 school records during her tenure.
Ewald was also an assistant coach at ONU in 2003-04.
She arrived at ONU with impressive coaching credentials.
Ewald is a Level 4 ASCA certified swimming coach, a level 5 ASCA certified disabled swimming coach and has 19 years of coaching experience working with novice to National Champions.
She was one of the Level III (of III levels) coaches on the travel list with the US Paralympic Team.
She was the head coach for the US Paralympic team for the 2007 ParaPanAm Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and the head coach for the 2009 Youth ParaPanAm Games in Bogota, Columbia.
She also served as as assistant coach in 2010 for Team USA at the World Championships in the Netherlands, as a team leader for the 2011 ParaPan Am Games Team in Guadalajara, Mexico, served as an assistant coach for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, was an assistant team leader for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England, and was on staff as an exercise science staff member for the 2013 Paralympic World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Ewald was head coach of Tiffin Columbian H.S. from 1997-2004, was head coach of Tiffin Calvert H.S. from 2001-’04 where she coached six Ohio High School State placers.
She also served as an assistant coach at the University of Findlay from 1997-99. She coached with the Tiffin YMCA swim team and for many years took athletes to the YMCA National level.
Ewald is also the founder of the USA Swimming club team Seneca Aquatic Klub team, where she has coached Senior National, US Open and two current members of the US Paralympian Team.
She also coached with the USA Swimming FAST age-group swim team in Findlay for five years.
The Tiffin, Ohio, native also worked as the Dean of Academic Affairs at AEC-Southern Ohio College in Findlay from 2001-04 and owned and directed the Ohio Institute of Electrology in Tiffin from 1982-2001.
She received her B.A. degree in business administration with honors from Tiffin in 1989 and earned a M.A. in education from Heidelberg in 1996.
Ewald is married to Dan Ewald and they have three children; Ellen, a Heidelberg graduate, Jessica, a graduate of Ohio Northern and a former assistant swimming & diving coach at ONU, and Jacob, a graduate of DeVry Institute in Columbus.
Swimming & Diving under Ewald
|2012-13||10-2||.833||5-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2011-12||12-1||.923||5-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2010-11||9-3||.750||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2009-10||10-1||.909||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2008-09||9-5||.643||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2007-08||5-4||.556||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2006-07||5-5||.500||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2005-06||7-3||.700||3-1 / 2nd||.750||Champions|
|2004-05||5-7||.417||3-1 / 2nd||.750||Champions|
|2012-13||7-6||.538||4-1 / Tri-Champs||.800||Champions|
|2011-12||11-3||.786||5-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2010-11||9-4||.692||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2009-10||6-5||.545||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2008-09||8-7||.533||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2007-08||7-4||.636||4-0 / Champs||1.000||2nd|
|2006-07||6-6||.500||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2005-06||3-8||.273||3-1 / Co-Champs||.750||3rd|
|2004-05||5-4||.556||2-2 / 3rd||.500||3rd|
|Title:||Assistant Swimming & Diving Coach|
Russell Hunt returns for his second stint as an assistant men's and women's swimming & diving coach.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Hunt joins the ONU staff again after serving as a graduate assistant from 2005-2008.
Hunt helped the Polar Bears to three straight Ohio Athletic Conference men's swimming championships, as well as the 2007 OAC women's championship. Hunt helped coach Ohio Northern's swimmers to 10 varsity records and 21 OAC individual and relay titles.
His coaching experience also includes a stint at the Kenyon College Total Performance Swim Camp, as well as positions at the NCAA Division I level.
Coach Hunt earned varsity letters in swimming at Kenyon College. During his time with the Lords, Hunt helped Kenyon win three of its 32 NCAA Division III national championships.
Hunt was the 2003 national champion in the 100 backstroke, and received All-American honors 17 times during his career. He led off the 400 medley relay that broke the NCAA Division III record in 2004.
Jess Ewald rejoins the Polar Bear staff after spending the past two years at the University of Akron earning her Master’s Degree.
Ewald will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator for both the Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams.
She was the first full time assistant swimming coach for ONU during the 2010-2011 season. She was an assistant coach for Youngstown State University during from 2007-2010.
Ewald graduated with honors from Ohio Northern University in 2007 earning her BA in Sports Management and more recently in May 2013 from Akron with a Master of Science in Education.
Ewald was an NCAA qualifier each year of her swimming career at ONU.
She was an integral part of forging the future for the Polar Bear women, serving as a captain and as a SAAC rep for two years, and was part of the first OAC championship title for the women’s program.