Mizzou's swimming and diving teams officially have a new head coach. He's no stranger to the program. The school has removed the interim coach title from Andrew Grevers, who served in that capacity this past season while coach Greg Rhodenbaugh was placed on paid administrative leave while MU investigated undisclosed allegations related to "team management issues."
Rhodenbaugh, the men's and women's teams head coach since 2010, has not been fired but "reassigned from his coaching position," the school announced Friday. He remains employed by Mizzou as a senior administrative consultant in the athletic department, a school spokesman said Friday. He’s under contract through April 2022 with a base salary of $170,000.
Grevers, an assistant on Rhodenbaugh's staff since 2010, led the MU men's team to a program-best second-place finish at this past season's SEC Championships and an 11th-place tie at the NCAA Championships while the women's team finished 22nd. Thirteen men's swimmers and seven from the women's team earned All-American honors this past season.
“Andrew did an outstanding job of leading our staff and student-athletes during a challenging 2018-19 season, and I look forward to watching him build upon this past year’s success in future seasons,” Mizzou athletics director Jim Sterk said. “He enjoys tremendous respect not only within our program, but within the swimming community, too, and is committed to providing a high-level student-athlete experience centered on academic and athletic excellence.”
“I am extremely excited to continue my coaching career with the University of Missouri and am honored that Jim Sterk has entrusted me to lead the Mizzou Swim and Dive family into our very promising future,” Grevers said. “The powerful combination of Missouri’s academics and athletics attracts some of the world’s best swimmers and divers, and allows us to provide a student-athlete experience that is second to none.
“In addition to my gratitude to Jim, I want to thank Greg Rhodenbaugh for everything he has done to prepare me for this moment, and (associate AD) Kim Bishop for being so helpful throughout this experience,” he added. “My family and I are so excited to contribute to the Mizzou legacy and I can’t wait to get back to work with this amazing team."