Pitt graduate has an extensive background in sports performance and swimming
Andrew Sheaff joined Northwestern as the Wildcats' men's swimming assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 season. He arrived in Evanston after three seasons as an assistant coach at Bucknell.
In his first season at Northwestern, Sheaff helped coach junior Chase Stephens and freshman Jordan Wilimovsky to 2013 NCAA Championships berths. Stephens lowered his previous collegiate bests in the sprint events so significantly that he became the fourth-fastest Wildcat in history in the 50 and 100 freestyles, joining elite company. Wilimovsky made the NCAA meet in the mile before going on to win a berth on the USA Swimming Open Water National Team for the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Prior to his stop in Lewisburg, Pa., Sheaff served as a volunteer assistant coach at Maryland the previous two years, obtaining a master's degree in exercise physiology. While there, he also worked with NU head coach Jarod Schroeder when Schroeder was Maryland's interim head coach in 2007-08.
Sheaff, who graduated summa cum laude from Pittsburgh in 2007, was a research assistant in the Maryland Kinesiogenomics Laboratory while in College Park.
During his senior year at Pittsburgh and immediately following graduation, Sheaff performed internships with the Cleveland Browns and the University of Pittsburgh football teams. He helped with strength and conditioning aspects of athlete development at both stops.
As an undergraduate, Sheaff was a four-year member of the Panthers' swimming and diving team. He was a four-time Big East Academic All-Star and a four-time University Scholar-Athlete. Additionally, Sheaff posted the highest grade-point average on the team twice and also posted perfect 4.0s on four occasions.