July 14, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State Director of Athletics Andy Geiger announced today that Jeanne Fleck has been named the new women’s swimming head coach. The hiring brings Fleck to Columbus from Northern Illinois University, where she was the head coach for both the men and women’s teams since 1991.

Last season, Fleck led the women’s team to a third place finish and the men’s team to a fifth place finish. She was named the Mid American Conference Coach of the Year for her efforts. At NIU, she coached a 1998 Goodwill Games Finalist, a Pan-American Games team member, and a 1996 Olympic trials finalist. Her teams also set 18 school records and had four swimmers named conference swimmer of the year. Fleck served as the assistant director of Providing Athletes With Support (P.A.W.S.), a student-athlete advisory group.

” I am really excited to come to Ohio State,” Fleck said. “It has been my life long dream to coach in the Big Ten. OSU has great tradition, opportunities and potential and I couldn’t ask for anything better. I am looking forward to working with the swimmers who are already there and towards a successful season.”

A 1987 graduate of Iowa State University, Fleck was a Big Eight Champion and team captain her senior year. She is a native of Overland Park, Kan.

After graduation from Iowa State, Fleck served as a volunteer assistant coach for her alma mater’s men’s team. In 1988, she was the head coach of the Des Moines Swim Federation. From 1988-91, she was the distance coach and recruiting coordinator at University of Wyoming.