April 21, 2006
AKRON, Ohio - Nittaya Klim was named head women's swimming and diving coach at the University of Akron, director of athletics Mack Rhoades announced on Thursday.
Klim, just the second head coach of the program since its inception in 1998, comes to Akron following a four-year stint with the Penn State University men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Her stay with PSU included back-to-back Big Ten women's titles over the last two seasons which saw 10 student-athletes earn All-America status.
"We are very pleased and fortunate to hire Nittaya Klim as our head women's swimming and diving coach," Rhoades said. "Nittaya exemplifies all of the qualities we were looking for in leading and elevating our women's swimming and diving program. She is focused on the total well-being of the student-athlete and is dedicated to the value of higher education. Likewise, she has been instrumental as a coach at her previous institutions in winning team championships and developing individual champions. She will serve as a great role model, and is a proven winner as coach, student-athlete and person."
As an assistant coach at Penn State, Klim was the recruiting coordinator for the Nittany Lions under head coach Bill Dorenkott and was an instructor at Penn State's Summer Swim Camp and the USA Swimming Select Distance Camp Director. As the recruiting coordinator at PSU, she helped bring in many of the program's 37 NCAA qualifiers, 10 All-Americans, 25 honorable mention All-Americans, nine individual Big Ten champions and eight Olympic Trial qualifiers.
"I am very happy to be joining the Akron family and I am looking forward to building upon the foundation that has been established over the past eight years," Klim said. "Helping student-athletes achieve their individual and team goals are important to me and I am excited to have the opportunity to do just that at Akron."
Before coaching at Penn State, Klim spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania where she coached one individual Ivy League Cham;pion. Prior to working at Penn, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Villanova, helping the Wildcats to back-to-back Big East Conference Championship runner-up finishes in 1998 and 1999, and one NCAA Champion in 1999 (Maddy Crippen, 400 individual medley).
Before starting her career as a coach, Klim was an All-America swimmer for Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., graduating in 1992 with a bachelor of arts in english. She earned All-America status in the 200 freestyle relay in 1990 and in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays in 1989.
Klim, a native of Riverdale, Ga., takes over for Brian Vereb, the first women's swimming and diving coach in the program's eight-year history. Last season, the Zips had a dual-meet record of 5-7-1 and were 1-5-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Akron finished the season with a seventh-place finish at the MAC Championship (February 23-25) meet, but set a number of records during the meet.
The Zips set school records for individual titles (3), All-MAC honorees (4) and first-team All-MAC honorees (3), their best individual showing in school history. Danielle Béland (Ottawa, Ontario-St. Peters) become the school's first two-event champion after winning the 100 and 200 butterfly.
The Nittaya Klim File
2002-06, Penn State University (Assistant Coach)
2000-02, University of Pennsylvania (Assistant Coach)
1997-2000, Villanova University (Assistant Coach)
1989-92, Emory University
? All-America swimmer, 200 freestyle (1990)
? All-America swimmer, 200 and 400 freestyle (1989)