LVFL Banic Returns to Program as Volunteer Assistant Coach

KNOXVILLE – Former Lady Vol national champion Maddy Banic rejoined the Tennessee swimming & diving program as volunteer assistant coaches ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, director of swimming & diving Matt Kredich announced Thursday.

“It’s such a thrill to be able to bring Maddy Banic, one of our all-time great student athletes, onto our coaching staff,” Kredich said. “One of our core team beliefs is that having a deep, meaningful, elite team experience in college can transform one’s life, and that what we learn through that experience will propel our graduates into tremendous success in everything they do after their collegiate career is over. Maddy is a shining example of that.

“Maddy is a fierce competitor, a relentless student of the sport and a joyful presence on the pool deck. Her willingness to share the details of her whole swimming journey has been an inspiration to so many who have struggled with mental health, self-doubt and their place in the sport and in the world. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our team, and we’re incredibly excited to have her join our staff.”

During the 2019 NCAA Championships, Banic (2015-19) finished her collegiate career on a high note, as she was a member of the 200 medley relay team that won a national championship with a program-record time of 1:34.10. Throughout her decorated career, she earned All-America status 12 times and was part of Tennessee’s 200 free relay lineup that posted finishes of second, third and sixth nationally.

“I’m excited to come back and teach the team the type of grit and culture it takes to become an NCAA champion,” Banic said. “I’ve been training here for seven years. I’m excited to grow my relationships with the student-athletes, not just a peer but as a mentor. I’m honored for the opportunity, as it allows me to tap into a different facet of my swim knowledge and love of the sport.”

At the SEC Championships, the four-time first team All-SEC honoree accumulated 16 medals, including nine golds. During the 2017 conference championships, Banic won gold in the 50 free with a then-school-record time of 21.54, which ranks second in program history. She also ranks fourth in the UT record books in the 100 fly (51.19) and is a member of 12 different relay lineups that rank inside the top 10 for Tennessee.

On the international scene, Banic competed with the Energy Standard in the ISL for the last two seasons, specializing in the butterfly events.

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