Allyson Sweeney hired as North Carolina Assistant Coach

Allyson Sweeney is a new assistant coach at North Carolina. Photo Courtesy: North Carolina Athletics

Allyson Sweeney has been named an assistant coach for the UNC swimming and diving programs, head coach Mark Gangloff announced Monday. A standout performer in the pool at Texas A&M, Sweeney comes to Carolina after spending last season as a volunteer assistant at Auburn.

“I am excited that Allyson Sweeney will be joining the Carolina swimming and diving staff,” Gangloff says. “Allyson is a rising star. She works hard and demonstrates a growth mindset. She has worked with and learned from some of the best coaches and programs in the country.

“Not only does Allyson have a strong swimming background, but she also has a master’s degree in kinesiology and experience in strength and conditioning. Combined, Allyson is a perfect fit for our program and will make immediate contributions to the development and execution of our programming. She will also play a critical role in recruiting next generation of Carolina swimmers and divers. All around, Allyson will be a real asset to this program.”

“I’m honored and humbled beyond measure to have been granted the opportunity join the University of North Carolina swimming and diving coaching staff by Mark Gangloff and the UNC administration,” Allyson Sweeney says. “Having a legacy of high academic and athletic excellence, which permeates throughout campus and surrounding areas, I’m extremely enthused to begin serving the UNC community and program. Thank you – to Gary Taylor and all of Auburn swimming and diving for allowing the opportunity for personal development and growth, while simultaneously accepting me as part of the Auburn family; to the numerous coaches and athletes over the years who have influenced and shaped my career; and to my family for their everlasting love and support. I am excited for our future and eager to begin our work! Go Heels!”

Sweeney helped lead the Auburn women to a 12th-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships, its best showing in seven years. The Tigers had 11 individuals earn All-America honors, and their point total of 146 was their best since the 2012 team placed seventh with 249 points.

Sweeney spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant at Florida Southern, where the men’s team placed fourth at nationals and the women took 18th. She also spent time as the head coach of Lakeland Area Swimming, working with the top senior and high school level athletes in the area.

Prior to her move to Florida, Sweeney served as the head age group coach for Swim Atlanta – Midway in Cumming, Ga. During her two years with Swim Atlanta, she oversaw the development of the location’s age group swimming and strength and conditioning training programs, producing several 14U Georgia state champions and Georgia zone team qualifiers.

Allyson Sweeney swam at Texas A&M for four years and was a member of two Big 12 championship teams. A four-time Texas A&M Scholar-Athlete, three-time Big 12 Scholar-Athlete and four-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, she graduated with a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology in 2013. She returned to A&M and earned a master’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports physiology in May 2015.

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  1. Dory Halbe

    Congratulations Allyson Sweeney!!!

  2. avatar

    She needs a quick primer on which are the no-show classes….