Frannie Malone is entering her 11th season with the Hawkeyes, serving as the associate head coach. Malone, who was named associate head coach in 2010-11, served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since joining the Hawkeye coaching staff in 2004.
In 2013-14, Malone assisted in coaching the women's team to a 9-5 dual record with the nine victories being the second-highest total for the program in the last decade. The Hawkeyes went 4-3 in Big Ten duals, which led to a No. 20 ranking in the collegeswimming.com poll on Dec. 29. The team posted school records in four individual and four relays throughout the course of the season.
The UI men's squad was ranked as high as No. 21 in the CSCAA poll for three weeks and three school records went down in 2013-14. Malone coached senior Dustin Rhoads to the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, marking the fourth-straight year the Hawkeyes have been represented at the championship.
Both the men's and women's squads posted eighth place finishes at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The UI women finished with 199 points, while the men tallied 188 points. At season's end, 31 Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees -- the 19 women's selections were a school record, while the men tied a record with 12 receiving the accolade.
In 2012-13, Malone assisted in guiding the Hawkeye men's team to a 32nd place finish at the NCAA Championships, marking the program's second-straight finish among the top-32 teams nationally. Six men's student-athletes competed at the championships, and Iowa earned honorable mention All-America honors in three events -- 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay and 100 backstroke.
Twenty-one school records went down during the course of the season and 20 Iowa student-athletes posted NCAA automatic or provisional times. The men's team finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships with 245 points, while the women's squad was 10th with 113 points.
The men's team finished the 2013 season ranked 20th in the Collegeswimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Poll after posting a 7-3 dual record; the women's squad received votes in the rankings during the season and finished the year with an 8-2 record. Academically, 25 Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
During the 2011-12 season, Malone led the men's team to a fifth place showing at the Big Ten Championships, the program's highest finish since 1996. Two UI relays -- the 200 and 400 free relays -- won Big Ten titles. It was the first relay crown for the program in 17 years. Five Hawkeyes garnered first team All-Big Ten recognition.
The women's team finished ninth at the 2012 Big Ten Championships with 201 points. Freshman Becky Stoughton became the first Hawkeye to be selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after finishing in the top six in three individual events.
The Iowa men's team finished 26th at the NCAA Championships, its best finish since 1995, and three Hawkeye relays earned honorable mention All-America honors. Stoughton became the first UI female swimmer to advance to the NCAA Championships since 2005 and the first freshman since 2002. She earned honorable mention All-America honors after placing ninth in the 1,650 free.
The men's team finished the season with a 7-2 dual meet record, running its four-year mark to an impressive 31-5. The team climbed to a program best 10th in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet rankings and finished the season ranked 14th. The Hawkeye women posted a 10-6 record, the most dual victories since the 1985-86 season.
Twenty-four Iowa student-athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2011-12 season. Four women's swimmers were recognized with the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award, and nine Hawkeyes earned Scholar All-America recognition by the CSCAA.
Following the 2011-12 season, 14 Hawkeyes represented the program at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha.
In 2010-11, Malone coached four Iowa swimmers to All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Ten school records were broken over the course of the season, eight by the men's program and two by the women's team. In the classroom, 20 Hawkeyes garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors, and the women's program was named to the CSCAA All-Academic team for the sixth straight season.
In 2009-10, the Iowa men posted a 10-1 dual record and finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships, the program's highest finish in 14 years. The Hawkeyes combined to set six school records, and 28 student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten. The Hawkeye women were named to the CSCAA All-Academic team for the fifth straight year.
In 2008-09, the Hawkeye women set school records in four individual events and three relays, while the men's squad set school bests in two individual events. The Hawkeyes posted NCAA "B" cuts in seven individual events and five relays. The Iowa men posted their best dual record since 1995 with a 7-1 mark, and went undefeated (4-0) at their own Field House pool. Twenty-five Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
In 2008, Malone coached events that broke four school records at the 2008 Big Ten Championships. Wil Whaley and Christine Kuczek eclipsed Iowa's previous bests in the 200 back and 100 free, respectively, while the women's 200 and 400 free relay teams also set school records. Whaley placed 19th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, and Iowa posted NCAA "B" cuts in nine individual events and four relays.
Malone's second season on the Hawkeye staff saw two school records broken and nine student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships. Dragos Agache led the Hawkeyes by qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 breast -- the two events in which he set new school records. Agache posted Iowa's highest Big Ten finishes with third in the 100 and sixth in the 200.
In her first season with the combined program, four student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships and four school records were broken. Five-time All-America diver Nancilea Underwood completed her Hawkeye career by leading the women's team to a 27th-place finish at the NCAA meet. Agache led the men's squad, competing in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA meet, setting the school 100-yard breaststroke record and posting Iowa's highest individual finishes at the Big Ten Championships.
In 2004-05, the women's team recorded their second-highest finish at the NCAA Championships (23rd) in school history. The Hawkeyes were led by Underwood and four-year NCAA swimmer Jennifer Skolaski at the meet. The Hawkeyes set five school and two Field House pool records, posting a 5-4 overall dual mark.
Prior to returning to Iowa, Malone served as an assistant women's swimming coach at Tulane (2003) and Fresno State (2002). At Tulane, she helped field the first Green Wave swimming team since 1989-90, recruiting a class of 15 student-athletes. The fledgling team posted a 13-3 dual record, won three Conference USA individual titles and recorded 20 top eight finishes at the conference meet. Linda McEachrane won two conference titles to earn Conference USA Freshman of the Year accolades and posted NCAA performances in the 50 and 100 free.
At Fresno State, Malone helped the Bulldogs to a 6-6 record and a fourth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference with a team comprised of one senior and 18 freshmen.
Malone served as a graduate assistant coach at Ohio University (2001) and student assistant coach at Iowa (1998-2000) after her swimming career was cut short by a shoulder injury. Her club coaching experience includes leading the Willow Knolls Country Club and Ohio Master's Swimming Program, and serving as an age-group assistant with the Central Illinois Aquatics Program.
Malone is a USA Swimming Registered Coach, a Dimension I and II graduate of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy and a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and the CSCAA.
A native of Peoria, Ill., Malone earned her bachelor's degree from Iowa in 2000 and her master's degree in physical education and sports science from Ohio in 2004. She and her husband, Sean, have two children, Nathan and Betty.