Hiram College Names Austin Veltman Head Swimming & Diving Coach

Hiram College Names Austin Veltman Head Swimming & Diving Coach

June 26 – HIRAM, Ohio – After a National search, Hiram College Athletics and Director of Athletics Ellen Dempsey, are pleased to announce Austin Veltman as the new head coach of the Terrier swimming and diving programs.

"We are excited to bring Austin on board as our head swimming and diving coach," commented Dempsey on the hire of Veltman. "His experience both in recruiting, as well as his extensive training knowledge, will benefit Hiram greatly."

Veltman comes to the Terriers for his first head coaching job after serving five seasons as an assistant for Hope College of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. While with the Flying Dutchmen, he coached and recruited for both the men's and women's programs.

"I want to thank Ellen and the other members of the search committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the swimming and diving program," remarked Veltman. "It is truly a privilege, and I am excited to be a part of the Hiram community."

With him, Veltman brings a record of success while at Hope College, helping coach the women's team to four-straight appearances in the NCAA National Championships.  

At the conference level, Veltman helped Hope achieve 35 titles in individual and relay events, which included dominating in a number of disciplines. The Flying Dutch earned four-straight MIAA titles in the 200 breaststroke; captured four titles in five years in the 100 fly and earned three-straight golds in the 400 medley relay.

As individuals, Veltman helped his athletes attain 49 All-MIAA selections. In addition, Veltman helped get the most out of the student-athletes as the Flying Dutch and Dutchmen earned a combined eight Scholar All-America Team honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America during his tenure. 

In addition to his coaching duties at Hope, Veltman also served as the recruiting coordinator. His successes on the recruiting trail gained commitments from over 70 athletes in a four-year stretch.

"I want followers of the Terrier swim program to know that I am here first and foremost for the student athletes," remarked Veltman. "I was drawn to Hiram because of the school's commitment to its students. It was clear to me as soon as I stepped on campus that the institution is fully invested in the growth of its student-athletes as intellectuals, athletes and individuals."

Veltman takes over a Hiram squad that saw just two of its athletes depart due to graduation. In addition, both the women's and men's teams continued steady improvement at the conference championships, besting their totals from the previous year. 

"My goal for the program moving forward is to build a team of athletes that relentlessly pursues improvement each and every day," said Veltman. "It is truly a privilege to be a member of the Hiram community, and I look forward to helping this team reach its maximum potential."