Thad Schultz begins his fifth year at the SPIRE Institute. A standout swimmer at West Virginia, Schultz's vast knowledge base spans the club, NCAA and national team array. A 25-year coaching veteran, Schultz spent time coaching on the college scene at Clemson and Ohio State before joining Penn State in 2009.
In his first four years at the SPIRE Institute, Schultz had four swimmers at the 2016 Rio Olympics including Guyana Flag Bearer Hanibal Gaskin. Sixteen swimmers qualified and competed at the World Championships and 33 individual national records have been set by the foreign swimmers. Every swimmer that has come through the program in the last four years that has wanted to swim in college has done so. Schultz has swimmers at St. Bonaventure University, West Virginia University, McKendree University and University of Chicago to name a few.
Schultz has helped move the Penn State program into the national spotlight and the 2012-13 campaign was another step in the right direction. The men's and women's squad claimed top-40 finishes at the NCAA Championships for the third straight season, with the men finishing 20th and the women grabbing a 29th place showing.
The record books added a bevy of All-America honors with four men's swimmers earning ten All-American honors and seven women's swimmers notching 10 All-America swims. Nate Savoy claimed individual All-American honors in the 100 and 200 backstroke, while helping two relay teams earn first team All-America status. Amy Modglin finished her career with honorable mention All-America accolades in the 200 Back and Megan Siverling claimed her first career honorable mention All-American honors in the 1,650 freestyle. A pair of women's relay teams also earned All-American status for the women's program.
During his first four years in Happy Valley, Schultz helped the Nittany Lions women's team finish among the top-40 twice and the men's squad has grabbed top-30 finishes each of the past two seasons at the national meet. On an individual level, at least one Nittany Lion has advanced to the NCAA Championships each year and 15 of his pupils have garnered All-America honors on 45 occasions.
Prior to arriving in Happy Valley, Schultz served as assistant coach and senior division leader at SwimMac, one of the nation's top club programs, in Charlotte, N.C. During his time with SwimMAC, he performed a variety of tasks while working with the Age-Group swim program consisting of over 750 swimmers. During his time in Charlotte, N.C., he coached a number of national qualifiers and worked with three members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and four competitors from the 2004 U.S. Olympic squad.
Prior to starting at SwimMac in 2007, he served as Aquatics Director and head coach at Brunswick YMCA in Brunswick, Ga. He oversaw nearly every aspect of a swim program that featured over 50 swimmers.
Schultz's extensive swimming experience includes collegiate coaching stops at Ohio State (2000-02) and Clemson (1998). With the Buckeyes, he served as an assistant coach, specifically with the men's program, and helped four swimmers reach the NCAA Championships, three break school records and eight earn Academic All-America accolades. On the recruiting front, Schultz helped sign 15 High School All-America honorees while in Columbus.
His collegiate coaching experience began in 1998 when he was an assistant coach at Clemson University. Working with the men's and women's swim programs, he helped lead to eight Tigers to the NCAA Championships, two earn ACC records, 10 break school records and eight earn Academic All-America status. His recruiting prowess also helped the Tigers bring in 22 newcomers that earned High School All-America laurels.
As a collegiate swimmer, Schultz was one of the top performers while at West Virginia. He competed in freestyle, backstroke and IM events, while sitting atop the record books in two individual events and one relay. Schultz held the school record in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM, along with being a part of the school record-setting 200 freestyle relay team. He also ranked among the top-five in the 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relays, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
7 am - SPIRE open for Practice
9 am - SPIRE open for Spectators
10:50 am - First Event to start
6:50 pm - Last Event to start
8 am - SPIRE open for Practice
9 am - SPIRE open for Spectators
11 am - First Event to start
4:35 pm - Last Event to start
4:50 pm Awards start
Sunday, March 1st
Monday, March 2nd