Assistant Coaches Highlight Start to 2011-2012 Swimming & Diving Season
September 16, 2011
This season, the swimming and diving team will add a familiar face to the pool deck, with the return of 2009 2-time NJCAA National Champion Brian Spittler. Brian returns to Lincoln after completing a stellar career for The Lynx.
Spittler competed for Lincoln for2008-2009, where he swam under 2009 and 2011 NJCAA Coach of the Year Jake Sexton. While at Lincoln, Brian was a 2-time NJCAA National Champion in the 200IM and 100 Fly. Brian also holds individual records for The Lynx in the 200IM, 100 Fly, and 100 Freestyle events.
When asked why he wanted to return to Lincoln, Brian responded, “I came back because, this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. This is a great chance for me to give back to a college and program that did so much for my own college career. While at Lincoln, I hope to leave a lasting impression on the athletes and the institution, using my knowledge and experience to help others succeed.”
Coach Spittler has NCAA Division 1 experience, competing at Penn State University. Brian has also trained and competed with Olympians, multiple National Champions, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Brian swam for Woodstock High School (Woodstock, IL), where he represented them at the IHSA State meet and holds almost every high school swimming record. Brian also spent several years training under Olympic Gold Medalist and Head Coach for Stanford University, Lea Maurer.
Brian currently resides in Bloomington, IL, where he spends his off days with his dog, Diesel.
Returning for his 5th year as the Diving Coach, Matt Dickinson adds another notch to his coach belt, earning recognition once again as the NJCAA Diving Coach of the Year. This is the second year in a row that Matt has earned the honor.
While at Lincoln, Coach Dickinson has compiled an extensive resume. Under Coach Dickinson, Lincoln College Diving has produced 4 National Champions, 17 All Americans, and 6 Team and Pool records at multiple facilities. Lincoln College Divers have also maintained a 3.32 GPA under Coach Dickinson.
Prior to coming to Lincoln, Matt was a 4-year competitor at the NCAA Division 1 level, competing for St. Bonaventure University. Matt was also part of the 2006 Atlantic-10 Championship Team, and has coached at the prestigious Penn State University Diving Camp.
Matt holds a Bachelors of Science in Sociology from St. Bonaventure, and is currently pursuing his Graduate Degree in Sports Management.