Voigt named as new swim and diving coach

NW Staff

Heidi Voigt has been named the head swimming and diving coach at Northern Michigan University, according to NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey.  She spent the past two seasons (2008-10) as an assistant coach at New Mexico State working with the distance freestyle group, arranging team travel and handling administration duties.

Voigt said she looks forward to the challenge of turning the NMU program around.

“I am very excited about taking the helm of the NMU swimming and diving program,” Voigt said.  “I believe we can turn this program around and look for great accomplishments from them in the next few years.  We have some rebuilding and recruiting to do, but I am ready and motivated.”

During the 2009-10 season, she helped direct the Aggies to a program-best second -place showing at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships with 494 points.    The distance freestyle crew made an impact for New Mexico State at the meet with five Aggies placing in the top 12 in the 1,650-yard freestyle.   New Mexico State’s team GPA was also ranked ninth nationally on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Team Scholar All-America Fall 2009 list.

“We are extremely happy and excited to have Heidi take over the swimming and diving program,” said Godfrey.  “She has some rebuilding to do, but I feel confident she can get the job done.”

Voigt joined the Aggies after five seasons at University of Wyoming (2003-08).  She spent her first two years at Wyoming as the graduate assistant with the men’s and women’s programs and the last three as the assistant coach. Voigt produced 25 men and 30 women to all-league honors during her time as a graduate assistant.

Prior to her stint at Wyoming she was a high school coach in Seattle and Montana. Voigt was named the age group coach of the year for the state of Montana in 2002.

She graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, where she was a team captain. While swimming for the Huskies, Voigt was voted the Most Inspirational Swimmer for three consecutive years. Voigt later went on to earn a master’s degree in health and kinesiology from Wyoming in 2005.

––NMU Sports Information