Orinda Aquatics Welcomes Jon Howell Head Coach of Emory University Swimming & Diving



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Orinda Aquatics Welcomes

Jon Howell

Head Coach of Emory University Swimming & Diving

Division III National Champions: 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013


Date: July 8th

Time: Swimmers: 5:30-6:30

Parents: 6:30-7:15
Emory University has been a Division III swimmer power, winning six National Championships in the past decade, but most significantly, Emory has been one of the most positive and cohesive team environments of any program in the country. The combination of Emory’s elite academics, outstanding culture, and its success, make Emory one of the best options in the nation for the serious student-athlete.
Jon has graciously offered to spend some time with Orinda Aquatics, both swimmers and parents. Jon will talk to swimmers about college swimming, the recruiting process, about D3 vs. D1, about preparation and expectations, and balancing academics and athletics once in college.
He will give parents some insight into the collegiate admissions and recruiting process. Additionally, he will talk about the Emory program and answer questions from the group.
This is truly an extraordinary opportunity to have a coach of Jon’s caliber and a representative of one the greatest programs in the country, here with us. OA graduates Brooke Woodward and Megan Freeman are currently swimming for Emory and could not be more complimentary about the school and the program.
Note: The swimmers will get of workout early and meet in the community room. We are asking parents to sign up through the website’s event function/Google doc.
Jon Howell

Head Coach of Emory University Swimming & Diving

Jon Howell, Head Coach – Emory University Swimming and Diving – was a former assistant coach at Clemson University (D1) and 11-time NCAA national champion. In 15 seasons at Emory, he has guided the Eagles to 29 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III men's and women's national championships and 30 conference team titles. In 2013, he led the Emory University women to their fourth-straight NCAA Division III Championship and sixth total under his tutelage, while the men finished fourth in the Nation.  It marked the 14th-consecutive campaign that the men's program had finished fourth or better, while the women, in addition to their back-to-back national crowns in 2005 and 2006, now have a 13-year streak of finishing fourth or better at the National Championship.

Howell was honored as the national women's swimming Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2011. He and his assistants have been honored seven times as conference Coaching Staff of the Year, most recently in 2012.  In addition, he coached Liz Horvat to the Division III Swimmer of the Year honors in 2009.

Howell was an assistant at Clemson, an NCAA Division I school, for two seasons in which the school claimed an Atlantic Coast Conference women's championship and attained 14 school record-setting performances.



Previously, Howell was the interim head coach at Kenyon College (Ohio) during the 1995-96 season in which his teams won the NCAA Division III national men's and women's championships. That season Kenyon won 14 national championships in individual or relay events, produced a Division III national record, established four new school records and swept the men's and women's conference titles.

Howell is a 1990 graduate of Kenyon, where he was 21-time All-American, primarily as a sprint freestyler. Among his 11 individual national championships are three consecutive in the 50-yard freestyle (1988-90), unmatched in NCAA Division III history in that event, and one in the 100-yard freestyle event (1990). Howell helped Kenyon to four national team championships and was twice voted the team's Most Valuable Performer. At the completion of his senior season, Howell was voted the school's Athlete of the Year.


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