Alma, Mich. - Alma College Director of Athletics Steven Rackley announced today (Friday, April 14) that Jason Lintjer has been named the new head coach of the Scots' swimming and diving program. Lintjer will begin his duties immediately.
"I am excited to welcome Jason to our staff," Rackley said. "He brings well-rounded experience and an enthusiasm that I believe will grow our program so that we are competing for MIAA championships on a yearly basis. Rebuilding a program is a process that takes several seasons, and I think Jason will be the person that can develop us into a championship program."
Linjter, a former collegiate swimmer at Michigan State University, comes to Alma College after serving as the assistant coach for the Kalamazoo College swimming and diving program in 2016-17, where he was also the program's recruiting coordinator. At the same time, Lintjer served as the aquatics director at Spring Lake Country Club in Spring Lake, Mich., a position he has held since 2014.
"I'd like to thank Steven Rackley and the entire search committee for this opportunity to coach at such an outstanding institution," Lintjer said. "I'm very impressed with the commitment of Alma College to both athletic and academic excellence. There is a lot of potential at Alma College, and I'm excited to get started."
Lintjer began his coaching career in 2012 at Spring Lake (Mich.) High School, where he was the head swimming and diving coach until 2016. Under his guidance, Spring Lake won three Coastal Conference championships, and he was named Coach of the Year three times. The Lakers also set six school records and four pool records and earned academic all-state recognition while Lintjer was at the helm.
Collegiately, Lintjer was a four-year member of the Michigan State University swim team, competing for the Spartans from 2008-2012. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in his final three seasons and was a member of State's 200 medley relay team that broke the school record.
A former All-American swimmer at Grand Haven (Mich.) High School, Lintjer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 2012. He currently resides in Wyoming, Mich., with his American Eskimo dog, Norman.
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