PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Head Swimming and Diving Coach, Mike Schnur, has announced the hiring of Nikki Kett as a new assistant coach for the program. Kett enters her first season with the Quakers after spending the previous three at Johns Hopkins University in the same role.
“I'm thrilled to be able to bring Nikki aboard to help us continue making Penn Swimming a nationally competitive program,” said Schnur. “Her enthusiasm, excitement and experience coaching with George Kennedy at Johns Hopkins make her the perfect choice for us!”
“I want to thank Coach Schnur for the opportunity to join the Penn Swimming family,” said Kett. “I immediately knew I would get along well with the coaching staff, and I am really looking forward to being part of a strong team. I am excited to join the tradition of excellence at Penn, and to contribute to the future success of the program.”
Kett, who worked with both the men’s and women’s programs at Johns Hopkins, helped the Blue Jays to a combined six top-eight NCAA Championship finishes in her three seasons. One of the highlights of her time in Baltimore came in 2014 when she helped lead the women’s squad to a program-best third-place NCAA finish. Johns Hopkins swept all five relay events and won a total of seven national championships that year. In all, 59 Blue Jays student-athletes achieved All-America status during Kett’s tenure, and two broke NCAA records. In addition to the team success, Kett was honored with the Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year award by College Swimming and Diving in 2013.
Kett also enjoyed great success as an undergraduate swimmer at Kenyon College. A 2012 graduate, the Connecticut native was an 11-time All-America in her four seasons and served as team captain during her senior year. Over her distinguished career, Kett achieved All-America status in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 breast and the 200 breast. She helped lead the Lords to their 23rd NCAA championship as a freshman.
Kett graduated from Kenyon in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. She also earned a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise & Sports Psychology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences this past May.