Jessica Livsey Named Men's and Women's Swimming Head Coach
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. –Old Dominion University director of athletics Dr. Wood Selig announced Jessica Livsey as the men’s and women’s swimming head coach on Thursday. Livsey is the 13thhead swimming coach in ODU history.
“I look forward to working with Coach Livsey in her new role at Old Dominion University as our head men’s and women’s swimming coach. Jess knows the program as well as anyone given her experiences here as both a student-athlete and an assistant coach for our swimming program,” Selig said. “She has paid her dues and will allow for a seamless transition for our program as we look to continue our culture of strong academics and being competitive in the pool. We look forward to the growth of our men’s and women’s swim programs under Coach Livsey’s leadership.”
A 2004 Old Dominion graduate and former Monarch swimmer, Livsey was a four-year letterwinner at ODU and was in the CAA finals all four years in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Livsey was an assistant coach for the previous 10 years at ODU, helping the men’s team to a third place finish at the CCSA Championships in 2019 and a second place in 2018.
“I am incredibly honored to be named as head swimming coach at Old Dominion University and am thankful to President Broderick and Dr. Selig for this opportunity,” Livsey said. “I look forward to building on my relationships with the full athletic team while leading our talented student-athletes to continued academic and athletic successes in this next chapter for the Monarch family.”
Livsey helped Ashley Brem become the first ODU female swimmer to win a title at the Conference USA Championship, winning the 100 breaststroke in 2018.
She also helped coach Reed Mathews, who finished 17that the NCAA Championships in the 200 butterfly in 2016, and compete at the Olympic Trials. Livsey also coached Olympians Sidni Hoxha, Erla Haraldsdottir and Arni Arnason.
Prior to coaching at ODU, she was an assistant for three years at Davidson and two years at Allegheny College (Pa.).