Aug. 10, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther announced today that Sue Novitsky will take over the head coaching duties for the University of Illinois women's swimming and diving team.
"We are pleased to name Sue Novitsky to the permanent head coaching position," Guenther said. "Her leadership qualities and loyalty to the University of Illinois made her a natural choice. I expect a smooth transition for our swimming and diving program to the new coaching staff."
Novitsky has been serving as interim head coach since seven-year veteran Jim Lutz resigned in June. She has been an assistant coach with the Fighting Illini program for the past three years. She joined the UI program as a volunteer in 1994.
Novitsky was a NCAA Division II All-American at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., as well as being a member of the 1990 National Champion squad. She graduated from Oakland in 1991 with a degree in biochemistry. She joined the Illini after earning her masters degree in kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 1994. Novitsky worked as a volunteer with the Oakland squad. She also worked with swimming camps at both Oakland and Michigan.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to continue coaching at Illinois, and I'm looking forward to working with the team," Novitsky said. "Illinois is a great school with a great program."