Former CUA Student-Athlete Makes National Splash

Former CUA Student-Athlete Makes National Splash

WASHINGTON - University of Notre Dame associate head men’s swimming coach and former Catholic University of America student-athlete standout Matt Tallman made national news in the swimming world, as he was named the Rising Assistant Coach of the Year.  Tallman was an honorable mention finalist for the award in 2012.

Tallman, who joined the Fighting Irish in 2001, enters his 12th season with the program and his seventh season as the associate head coach.

In 2013, Tallman aided in Notre Dame’s 9-2 dual meet record, their 400th dual win in program history on Feb. 2 and the programs sixth and final Big East Championship on March 2.  

Along with make waves in the pool, Tallman made an impact with the NCAA, as he was instrumental in preparing and presenting a new NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championship selection process. Thanks to his efforts, the NCAA Championship Cabinet approved the new process, which took effect at the 2013 NCAA Championship. 

The proposal, which was approved and went into effect during the 2012 NCAA Championship, qualified a school record nine swimmers for the NCAA Championship.  All nine student-athletes earned All-American honorable mention honors after notching top-16 finishes during the championship event.

As a CUA student-athlete, Tallman was four-year letter winner, captured 11 titles at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships, while setting school and conference records in four separate events.

Tallman married the former Heather Grzeskowiak in the summer of 2006. The couple, along with daughter Hannah, and son, Martin, resides in Mishawaka, Ind.

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