The University of Iowa will host the Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 15-18
Kirk Hampleman is in his seventh season as an assistant coach for the University of Iowa swimming team.
During the 2011-12 season, Hampleman 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 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, Hampleman helped guide the Hawkeye men to a seventh place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Hampleman guided the Hawkeyes to a 7-1 dual record, improving the team's three-year mark to an impressive 24-3 record. The women were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-Academic team for the sixth straight year, and 20 Hawkeye earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. The Hawkeyes broke 10 school records, and under Hampleman's guidance, Paul Gordon, Jordan Huff, Duncan Partridge and Ryan Phelan qualifed for the NCAA Championships and were honored as All-Americans.
In 2009-10, Hampleman helped guide the Hawkeye men to a sixth place finish at the Big Ten Championships, Iowa's highest finish in 14 years. He also helped lead the team to a 10-1 record, the best dual mark in school history. The women were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-Academic team for the fifth straight year, and 28 Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. The Hawkeyes broke six school records, and under Hampleman's guidance, Danielle Carty was able to capture the gold medal in the 50-backstroke at the 2010 Canada Games.
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. Hampleman also coached Danielle Carty to a third-place finish at the 2009 Canadian National Championships, where she qualified for a spot on the Canada Games team.
Hampleman's second season saw four school records broken at the 2008 Big Ten Championships and the Hawkeyes post NCAA provisional qualifying performances in nine individual events and four relays. 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.
In his first season at Iowa, two school records were broken and four student-athletes posted NCAA provisional marks. Hampleman and assistant coach Frannie Malone worked closely with the stroke group, which included Dragos Agache, who led the Hawkeyes by competing at the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke -- 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.
Before joining the Hawkeyes, Hampleman served as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State University for two seasons. His specialties included training the stroke and sprint freestyle groups. In 2006, Florida State won its first ever women's ACC team championship. His other experience includes an assistant position at Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2002.
Hampleman was a nine-time All-America swimmer at Auburn University from 1998-2002. He helped the Tigers to a 1999 NCAA team title, and received the Auburn Swimming Award in 2002, which recognizes superior scholarship, leadership and performance. He finsihed third in the 200 backstroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley at the 2002 NCAA Championships and was also an SEC Champion.
Hampleman earned his bachelor's degree in mass communication from Auburn in 2002. He received a master's degree in physical education-sport administration from Florida State in 2006. He and his wife, Kendra, have two sons, Pierce and Kirby, and a French bulldog named Beaux.