Assistant coach Pam Swander is in her first season as assistant head coach with the women's team and her fifth season overall at Indiana, having joined the Hoosier program after a one-year stint at Clemson University.
Over the last two seasons, Swander has guided the development of Olympian and All-American Kate Zubkova. In her first season at IU, Zubkova assaulted the record book with new marks in the 100-yard back, 200-yard back. 100-yard butterfly, 100-meter back, 200-meter back and 100-meter butterfly. She won Big Ten titles in the 100 back and 200 back and finished third and second, respectively, in both events at the NCAA meet.
In 2009 she topped her own school marks en route to defending her Big Ten titles in the 100 and 200 back and earned All-America honors in both events at the NCAA meet. Zubkova also competed at the 2009 World University Games, as well as the FINA World Championships.
In addition, she helped coach Presley Bard (100 back, 200 back, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), Sarah Stockwell (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay) and Donna Smailis (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay) to All-America honors in 2008.
Under Swander's tutelage, the Indiana women captured the Big Ten Championship in 2007. That squad featured Leila Vaziri and Bard and 1-2 finishers in the 100-yard backstroke. Bard was crowned the Big Ten Champion in the 200 back, with Vaziri placing third. The pair would go on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships with Vaziri finishing third in the 100-yard backstroke and Bard ninth in the 200-yard back.
It was Vaziri who took the swimming world by storm at the 2007 FINA World Championships with a world record in the 50-meter backstroke to earn her first world title.
In 2006, Swander was an integral part of a Hoosier coaching staff that produced two national champions within a year of her hiring. Vaziri and Kristen Bradley won titles for their respective countries in the summer of 2006, as Vaziri claimed gold in the 100-meter backstroke at the ConocoPhillips National Championships in August, while Bradley won the 400-meter individual medley championship at the Canadian National Championships. Vaziri posted the second-best American time of the year at the Pan Pacific Championships that August en route to earning a spot on the U.S. FINA World Championship team.
During the collegiate season, Swander coached Vaziri and Allison Kay to consolation finals at the NCAA Championships in 2006, with Vaziri taking 10th in the 100-yard back and Kay claiming 10th in the 400-yard IM.
In addition to her coaching duties, Swander is also the recruiting coordinator for the Hoosiers. Swander has excelled in that area, as well, helping bring in outstanding freshman classes for both the men and the women for over the last four seasons.
At Clemson in 2004-05, Swander mentored several student-athletes that made championship finals at the ACC Championships. She worked extensively with Jen Grove, who appears in the top 10 in Clemson history in both the 100 fly and 200 fly. Swander also oversaw the training of Charlie Dillon, who owned top-five marks in four events for the men, and Buddy Reed, the then-school record-holder in the 200 free.
Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, Swander made a name for herself on the club and high school levels, coaching a pair of Olympic Trial and 10 senior qualifiers, while also mentoring four top-16 nationally ranked student-athletes. She claimed four coach of the year awards at those levels.
From 2001-04, Swander served as senior coach and Swim-America Director at Washington Township Swimming Club. While there, she coached 60 senior and 45 age group swimmers at one of the top clubs in the state of Indiana.
Additionally, Swander coached some of Indiana's finest swimming talent while at Washington Township, as five former pupils went on to participate in NCAA Championships (Elizabeth Christy, Alex Dawson, Brian Hartley, Susan Hentschel and Alex Williams) and 12 others competed on the NCAA Division I level.
From 2000-01, Swander functioned as assistant senior and age group coach with the Indy Dolphins at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., where she coached gold elite and senior developmental groups. Prior to a three-year stint as head age group coach at Center Grove Aquatics Club in Greenwood, Ind., Swander headed the Yorktown Swim Club and Yorktown High School programs from 1987-1997.
Additionally, Swander made an impact on the administrative side of swimming in the state of Indiana. She was tabbed to the Indiana Board of Directors and performed as the Age Group Chairman from 1996-2000. During that time period, Swander garnered the 1999 Jim Hartzner Award, which goes to the most outstanding volunteer of Indiana Swimming.
Swander also served on the 2000 Olympic Trial Planning Committee and functioned as the meet director for the senior state championship and central zone meets. She also performed as the team coach for the quad team in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and coached Team Indiana for the zone championship meets in 1995, 1998 and 1999.
Swander graduated from Arizona State in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. She and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of two All-American collegiate swimmers. Her son, Kevin, completed his swimming career at Indiana University as one of the most lauded swimmers in the history of the program with 13 All-America certificates. Her daughter, Laura, earned 11 All-America citations swimming for Auburn University.