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Jeff Dugdale

Jeff Dugdale

Title: Queens University Head Swim Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2804

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As promised with the prior recruiting year the season promised to be filled with excitement and end of year movement towards the top. Throughout the season the Royals Men and Women ranked second in the Nation based on schedule strength and performance. Our mid season performances led to a National Record in the 200 Backstroke at the US Nationals by freshman Matt Josa and many school records along with national leading times. Both teams once again claimed mid-season academic All-American status continuing our streak.

Both the men's and women's programs had record setting performances and both finished second with the men leading up to the final event and the women moving from third to second, both programs setting a school record in points scored. Matt Josa was named swimmer of the meet and Coach Dugdale accepted the Bob Busby Award for Men's Coach of the Year in the BMC. The men swept all relays and the women won two for the first time in Royals young history. When all said and done twenty two student / athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships in Geneva, OH at the Spire Institute.

The NCAA Championships proved to be exciting as the Royals finished third in the Women and fourth in the Men, the highest finishes to date and brought home the Universities first ever NCAA trophies. Kristin Diemer (JR) made the first statement by winning the Elite 89 for the highest GPA at the meet another first for the University. She also became our second CoSIDA All American and All District. Freshman Matt Josa made a statement by winning three individual events, was a member of two winning relays, and set four National Records on his way to earning NCAA DII Swimmer of the Year and NCAA (All Divisions) Breakout Swimmer of the Year. Meridith Boudreaux (SO) continued our distance tradition in winning the mile. Hannah Peiffer (FR) won the 100 Fly in record breaking time, Caroline Arakelian won the 200 Back in the NCAA record breaking fashion. In All the Royals own National Records in both the Men's and Women's 100 Butterfly & 200 Backstroke as well as the Men's 400 Medley Relay. The men were under the National Record in the 200 Med. Relay and 400 Free Relay however finishing second. The 800 Free Relay finished first just missing the record. In total the Royals proudly displayed hardware representing nine National Champions, eight National records, 19 school records, 15 academic Scholar All Americans, two academic All American programs, and momentum going into next season.

The summer of 2012 was one for the books for Jeff Dugdale. Dugdale, who is also Director of High Performance for SwimMAC Team Elite, assisted in placing five athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team that returned to Charlotte with three gold medals and three silver. He also watched his mentor David Marsh once again assist in leading Team USA in its best ever games to date. Coach Dugdale was not going to sit back and be content knowing that he had recruited a very talented freshman class to join a program that was hungry to move into the top ten.

The Dugdale led program leveraged the momentum from the 2012 Olympic year to accomplish the following:

  • 26 new school records between the men and women.
  • 1st CoSIDA First Team All- American at large – Kyle House
  • 1st CoSIDA First Team All- American District – Kyle House
  • 1st Womens NCAA Champion – Caroline Arakelian (400 IM & 200 Back)
  • 1st Mens NCAA Champion – Alex Menke (1650 yd Free)
  • 59 All-American or Honorable All American Splashes
  • 1st Blugrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Meet – Caroline Arakelian
  • Male BMC Swimmer of the Year – Alex Menke
  • Female BMC Swimmer of the Year – Caroline Arakelian
  • Women and Men’s Team Academic All-American both Fall and Spring semester
  • Two Top-Ten Finishes at the NCAA Championships (Men 9th & Women 10th )

In his second season at the helm of the Royals, Dugdale saw a great deal of success. There were 42 school record swims, six conference records, 54 all-conference swims, 15 All-American swims and 25 All-American Honorable Mention swims. In addition, John Long was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Co-Swimmer of the Year. Long, along with Joe Skuba and Nic Eriksson, qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials. To cap off the season, Dugdale was voted by his peers to serve as President of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference.

A native of Kenosha, Wis., Dugdale joined the Royals in the summer of 2010 from the SwimMAC Carolina, where he assists Head Coach David Marsh in all aspects of running Team Elite whose members include Olympian Cullen Jones and record holders Nick Brunelli, Nick Thoman and Josh Schneider.

Prior to joining SwimMAC Carolina, Dugdale was an assistant coach at Duke University, where he helped lead recruiting and leadership development. While at Duke, Dugdale had a hand in seeing both the men and women break all but three school records while moving up the ACC and NCAA ranks. In 2008, he spearheaded the merger of two club programs, Tar Heel Aquatic Team and Blue Devil Aquatic into Duke Aquatics, currently a Silver Medal program.

“Jeff is not only an exceptional on-deck coach, but a dynamic individual with a wealth of knowledge in how to develop and grow a program to an elite level,” said Dan Colella, head men’s and women’s coach at Duke. “He is a great recruiter of not only potential student athletes, but supporters for the program. He knows how to inspire and bring out the best in everyone, swimmers, alumni, and staff. We miss having him with us here at Duke, but Queens is fortunate to have one of the best as a member of their staff.”

David Marsh has worked with Dugdale for more than 20 years, dating back to the time when both were at Auburn University together.

“His enthusiasm and passion coupled with his desire to make a positive impact in the sport of swimming make him a tremendous leader,” Marsh said.

Dugdale was a member of the men’s swim team from three year letter-winner, 1989-1991, before getting his start in collegiate coaching at his alma mater in 1992. Like many of the Queens swimmers have done in this first year, Dugdale helped to transition the Tigers’ program into the one it is today with countless NCAA and SEC Championships.

As a junior, Dugdale was tapped as Marsh’s first recruiting coordinator and helped Marsh recruit the university’s first SEC and NCAA Championship Team. He assisted in coaching 218 All-American honorees, 16 Academic All-Americans, and one Olympian, Yoav Bruck of Israel.

Dugdale earned a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance at Auburn in 1995. Dugdale and his wife Amy (Buddin), have two children, Sydney and Colby.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Title: Queens University Assistant Swim Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2805

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Already this year Coach Matthew has impacted Queens University of Charlotte by leading the open water portion of the Triathlete group. Through giving guidance to distance swimming Coach Johnson helped the Women’s Triathlete win a National Title in their first year of existence.

Johnson spent this past summer as the volunteer assistant coach for the Royals aiding in distance performance for the team. His work with the Royals helped two swimmers qualify for the 2015 Olympic Trials.

In addition to his time on the deck at Queens, Johnson spent this summer with SwimMAC Team Elite helping coaches with some of the top athletes in the world. Johnson's responsibilities included assisting with workouts and watching techniques to help athletes perform to their optimal level as he worked with swimmers at all levels of competition.

Before traveling to Charlotte, N.C., Johnson worked with the University of Michigan and Club Wolverine serving as the program assistant to both programs for the 2014-2015 season.  While working under World University Game and Olympic coaches Mike Bottom, Josh White, and Rick Bishop, Johnson gained valuable experience watching and helping develop top caliber athletes. 

His time at the University of Michigan enabled Johnson to work with a top level team helping the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship, followed by third place at the NCAA National Championship meet.  While in Ann Arbor, Johnson worked with Club Wolverine Elite Team that includes Olympians including Conner Jaeger (2012) and Sean Ryan (2016) and as a part of the age group program, he helped lead the Club Wolverine swimmers on to become state champions alongside Laura Cowley. Johnson's coaching efforts saw over 50 top 16 state swims including two individual and two relay teams claiming a state championship.

"Known to be an excellent stroke technician and well-read, I look to welcome Matthew to Queens in his role of assistant coach," said Head Coach Jeff Dugdale.

Johnson swam collegiately at Darton College and Union College, graduating from Union in 2012 with a degree in Health and Human Performance.  He was a top 8 national swimmer on three different occasions and served as captain of his college swim team.  During college Johnson was the head coach for the Mountain Park Sharks from 2006-2012 and after college was asked to be the Senior and Age Group Head Coach for the West Georgia Swim Club from 2012-2014

John Long

John Long

Title: Queens University Assistant Swim Coach & Triathlete and Club Swimming Coordinator

Phone: (704) 688-2806

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John Long comes to Queen's with a wealth of experience and an enthusiasm for the sport. He reaches across all levels of the sport to help guide athletes to a great experience and a life long love of the sport. This is evident by his previous coaching and he is excited about growing and expanding involvement in the sport with the help of the University.

"This is a great opportunity that I have been blessed with. I enjoy nothing more than sharing my passion for swimming with others and interacting with athletes to help them find purpose and enjoyment from the sport. This family at Queen's will be a great platform to continue this growth."
 
Over the past 2 years Long has transitioned from an accomplished athlete to a full time coach. He has worked with the Queen's University team as a volunteer assistant and has been a major part of the success of the program. This included multiple national times, NCAA, and Conference Records.
 
Long also has worked with Team Elite of SwimMac. His role there is videographer and has given him a wealth of experience. He works on improving technical aspects in the pool and worked under the direction of Olympic Coach David Marsh to help improve the like of Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones and other Olympians.
 
He has also had great results at the club level of the sport. John coached for the Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg(ATOM) for the past 3 seasons and has made a major impact on the team. In that short time the club has grown from 80-100 swimmers and has seen a tremendous improvement in times for these athletes.
 
Before starting into coaching, John swam at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials, competed for Queens at the Division II Nationals, and was also a part of a Division I National Championship Team at Auburn University.
 
Long graduated from Auburn University with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science in 2011. While at Auburn, John studied under Dr David Pascoe on High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT) for triathletes. He culminated with a senior paper there with a study on taper for swimming. John is married to his loving wife, Emily, who he met at Auburn and was also a swimmer.

 
 
 
 
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