A new voice on deck

Kelsey Reagan is the new assistant coach for UW-W swimming and diving teams


Dane Sheehan

New women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams assistant coach Kelsey Reagan writes out a swimming set during practice at the Williams Center Pool Nov. 6.

Devin Ulrich, Assistant Sports Editor

UW-Whitewater has a new coach to welcome into the fold. Kelsey Reagan is entering her first season as the assistant coach for the swimming and diving teams, joining head coach Elise Knoche on the swim deck. Reagan is ecstatic to be a part of the great tradition of athletics at UW-Whitewater, which was a leading cause in her decision to join the staff.

“Looking at the program through the way coach Elise is driving the program, was something that I wanted to be a part of. As well as the strong condition of Whitewater athletics was super exciting for me,” Reagan said.

Reagan spent time serving as a graduate assistant at the division two level and will bring that experience she learned now to the Warhawks. Head coach Elise Knoche is thankful to have another voice on deck with her, and appreciates the advice that she is already providing for the swimmers.

“She has already given athletes great advice in improving their stroke techniques, and to have someone else it really has helped practices run way more smoothly since her arrival. She brings a lot of knowledge to the program,” Knoche said.

Not only has head coach Knoche been impressed with coach Reagan, but the swimmers are already bonding with her and love having her at the pool with them to offer guidance for improvement.

“She brings a really fun energy to the pool deck and it’s really nice to have someone to help Elise out. It’s another person to ask questions to and get advice on stroke technique. She has really made the whole atmosphere of the team better,” said All-WIAC distance swimmer Olivia Theobald.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams look to splash into competition with the new year after a delayed season from to Covid-19. The teams look ready to dive back into the action with coach Reagan already making an important impact.