Recently completing his 31st season at the helm of the Miami University women's swimming and diving team, head coach Dave Jennings has led a program that defines excellence in the Mid-American Conference.
The winner of 16 Mid-American Conference titles since joining Miami’s staff in 1982, Jennings’ 2012-13 squad had a 10-1 dual meet record and captured the MAC title, despite not winning a single individual nor relay title. It marked the first time that a MAC team champion had achieved that feat.
During Jennings' career, the one common theme has been his ability to win championships. Five classes—1986, 1987, 1988, 1999 and 2005—won every MAC title in which they competed. Jennings achieved a conference title "four-peat" three times. Jennings began his career at Miami by winning six straight titles from 1983-88. He won four in a row from 1996-99, then four in a row again from 2002-05.
His RedHawks have won MAC titles in 10 of the last 18 meets and they finished as the champion or the runner-up in the conference in 25 of his 31 seasons.
Jennings, a 1996 inductee into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame, has compiled an all-time dual meet record of 265-105 in 31 seasons (.716). In duals against MAC competition, his RedHawk teams won 82 percent of their meets (151-33). During a span from 2002-07, Miami won 48 straight MAC dual-meet victories under Jennings’ direction.
Prior to arriving in Oxford, Jennings was a teacher and head men's swimming coach at Upper Arlington High School from 1979 through 1982. He was voted Coach of the Year in Ohio following the 1982 season. During his tenure at Upper Arlington, Jennings also was director of the Amateur Upper Arlington Swim Club. Prior to assuming the coaching position at Upper Arlington, Jennings served as a swimming instructor and coach at Coshocton High School in Coshocton, Ohio, where he led the school to a top-ten team finish and its first conference championship.
Jennings is a 1978 graduate of Ashland College where he earned a bachelor's of science degree in physical education. While at Ashland, Jennings was a member of a swimming team that placed second at the Penn-Ohio Championships and ninth at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Originally from Lexington, Ohio, Jennings and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Blake and Tyler, and reside in Oxford.
DAVE JENNINGS BY THE NUMBERS (through 2012-13 Season):
265 -- Career Dual Meet Wins at Miami
104 -- Mid-American Conference Individual Champions
30 -- Mid-American Conference Individual Relay Champions (120 individuals)
32 -- Senior National Qualifiers
33 -- NCAA Qualifiers
16 -- Mid-American Conference Championships (1983-88, 1996-99, 2002-05, 2009, 2013)
10 – MAC Coach of the Year awards
9 -- Mid-American Conference Runner-Up Finishes
8 -- Olympic Trial Qualifiers
5 -- Mid-American Conference Scholar Athletes of the Year
4 -- Mid-American Conference Divers of the Year
2 -- Mid-American Conference Swimmers of the Year
3 -- NCAA All-Americans
3 -- Miami Female Athlete of the Year (Carly Iaguli-1998, Kelsey Vehr 2009, 2010)