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UAF Swim names Kelsey Leeson as interim head coach

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 8:44 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks swim program has named Kelsey Leeson as interim head coach for the 2021-22 season, Athletic Director Brock Anundson announced Wednesday.

Leeson enters her third season with the Nanooks after serving as an assistant coach for two years. The move was Anundson first official coaching hire since taking over as Athletic Director July 12.

“Kelsey has built a strong reputation within the UAF athletics landscape and the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference over the past few years as an assistant coach, and is now ready to take the next step in her career,” Anundson said in a press release. “She will do great things this year and has helped developed a top-tier team to take UAF swimming to the next level.”

Leeson, a 2017 St. Cloud State University graduate, takes over for Cameron Kainer after one season with the Nanooks. Kainer accepted a head coaching position at the University of Southern Indiana, an new Division II program that is expected to begin intercollegiate competition during the Fall 2022 athletic season.

“We are incredibly thankful for all Cameron has accomplished in his time with us at UAF,” Anundson added. “He has been a valuable asset to the swimming program and we wish him all the best.”

Prior to Alaska, Leeson had coaching experience with high schools programs in Minnesota and Utah. As a collegiate swimmer, she was the 2015-16 captain and is the current school record-holder in the 200 and 400-yard medley relays.

Leeson’s first action as interim head coach of the Nanooks is September 16, when the program hosts its annual Blue and Gold meet at the UAF Patty Center Pool. The remainder of the 2021-22 schedule can be found here.

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