Third-year Wildcat has signed back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes
Kyle Schack is in his third season as an assistant coach at Northwestern, joining head coach Jarod Schroeder on the Norris Aquatic Center deck following Schroeder's elevation to the Wildcats' head coaching position in 2009.
In Schack's first season in Evanston, Northwestern sent a pair of swimmers to the NCAA Championships. In addition, Schack coached freshman Charlie Rimkus to NCAA 'B' consideration times in three different events during his first year of collegiate competition.
Rimkus was part of a three-man contingent to reach the NCAA Championships for Northwestern in 2010-11, marking the largest group of 'Cats at the national meet since 2008. NU placed 30th overall in the country after scoring points for the 10th time in the last 11 years at the NCAA meet.
Schack, a proven recruiter and technical coach with a talent for motivation, joined NU following two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Arizona State, where he led C.J. Nuess to a Pac-10 championship and All-America honors in the 1,650 free as well as an All-America accolade in the 400 IM. He also coached Israeli Olympian Gal Nevo, who reached the semi-finals at the Beijing Olympics.
While working with Arizona State and Sun Devil Aquatics, Schack coached three-time Olympian Adriana Marmolejo, who competed in Sydney, Athens and Beijing for her native Mexico. Marmolejo, who has been ranked as high as 17th in the world in the 200 breaststroke, followed Schack to Evanston, where she trained before winning her 12th National Championship and qualifying for the World Championships in 2010 after recovering from knee surgery.
Prior to his time in Tempe, Schack made stops as an assistant coach at Texas, a volunteer assistant at Harvard and a graduate assistant at West Virginia. He also served as the interim head coach at Division III Alma College for both the men's and women's programs from September of 2006 through April of 2007. He was a member of the 2007 USA Swimming Zone Select Camp staff, as well.
Schack graduated in 2002 from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., with a degree in economics before earning his masters in business administration at West Virginia. Schack captained the swimming and water polo teams at Union, where he was a four-time individual conference champion.