University Of Wyoming Swimming Hires 2 New Coaches

Laramie, Wyo. (June 27, 2017) — Dave Denniston, the first-year head coach of the University of Wyoming swimming and diving program, announced on Tuesday two additional members of his coaching staff.  Kristen Pritchett and Jim Bossert have both been selected to serve as assistant coaches at UW.  Pritchett continues in her role as an assistant coach for the Cowboys and Cowgirls.  She is entering her second season at Wyoming.  Bossert comes to Wyoming from the University of Alabama.  They join returning head diving coach Kyle Bogner and graduate assistant Nick Dillinger in completing Denniston’s first staff at Wyoming.

“To me, it was a no-brainer to ask Kristen (Pritchett) to stay on with our coaching staff,” said Denniston.  “She is an outstanding coach and was an exceptional swimmer herself at the collegiate level.  Kristen has the intangible factors that you don’t find in many people.  Between the connection she has with the state of Wyoming (being a Casper native), her positive energy and her connection to the community, she brings a great deal to our program.  Kristen gets our team members involved outside of the pool and outside of the classroom that makes their college experience fun and memorable.  She is a joy to work with, is really organized and has a lot of passion for our sport and for life in general.

“I met Jim (Bossert) several years ago when he was working at the Olympic Training Center, and like myself, he was able to watch all the best coaches and athletes in the sport and learn from them.  He’s gone on to complete his master’s degree and work at the University of Alabama before coming here to Wyoming.  Jim brings a real positive presence to the pool deck.  He has a wealth of knowledge, is young and full of energy.  I think he is really going to connect with our athletes on a personal level.  He has the expertise to take our swimmers to the next level.

“I’m really excited to have both Kristen and Jim on our staff.”

Pritchett will enter her second season as an assistant coach with the Wyoming swimming program in 2017-18.

Prior to Wyoming, Pritchett spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri.  During her tenure there, Pritchett was part of the most successful seasons Mizzou Swimming & Diving’s had seen up to that point. During Pritchett’s time at Missouri, the men’s and women’s teams recorded their highest ever NCAA finishes and greatest number of individual qualifiers in program history.  In her last year with the Tigers, both programs notched program-best NCAA finishes as the men placed eighth and the women 11th at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Fabian Schwingenschlogl won Mizzou’s first-ever individual NCAA title as he claimed top honors in the 100 breaststroke.  In addition, over the course of 2015 and 2016, three Tiger swimmers were selected to the U.S. National Team.

A backstroke and freestyle specialist, Pritchett attended Texas A&M and claimed 14 All-America honors in her swimming career.  As a junior at the NCAA Championships, she placed third in both the 200 back and 500 free at the NCAA Championships and helped the Aggies to a fourth-place team finish.  As a senior in 2010, Pritchett took sixth in both the 200 back and 500 free at the NCAA Championships.  She was named the Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Year as a sophomore in 2007 and won five individual conference crowns, three in the 200 back (2007, 2008 and 2010) and two in the 500 free (2007 and 2010).

Pritchett placed fifth at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 backstroke and took first in the 200 free and second in both the 400 free and 200 back at the 2008 U.S. Open.

On an international level, Pritchett was a member of the U.S. National Swimming Team from Sept. 2008 – Sept. 2010 and was the captain of the 2009 World University Games team.  At the 2009 World University Games, she earned silver medals in the 200 back and 400 free, a bronze medal in the 200 free and was the anchor for the gold medal-winning 800 free relay team.

A native of Casper, Wyo., she also spent time coaching with the Casper Area Swim Club in her hometown where she provided training, stroke feedback and dryland training for senior level swimmers.

Pritchett earned a master’s in positive psychology and coaching from the University of Missouri in 2016, a master’s in real estate finance in 2010 from Texas A&M and a bachelor’s in finance from Texas A&M in 2009. The former Kristen Heiss, she married Christian Pritchett in August 2014.

Bossert grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., and started swimming at the age of seven.  While in college,he knew he wanted to become a swim coach.  He swam collegiality at NCAA Division III Grove City College in Grove, City, Pa., from 2011-15, and was elected a team captain his final season.  For the 2016-17 season, Bossert served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Alabama, working specifically with the middle distance and distance swimmers.  He took over the breaststroke and individual medley group in February 2017 prior to the SEC Championships, as the full-time group coach was out with an illness.  Bossert’s other coaching experience included working with Crimson Tide Aquatics in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (2016-17) and the California Baptist University Group Swim Team (2015).  Bossert also worked at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs during the summers of 2012-14.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Grove City College in May 2015, and earned his master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis is exercise science in May 2016 from California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.  Bossert is engaged to his fiancée, Ali, who he met while attending Cal Baptist.

“We are also extremely excited that Kyle Bogner decided to stay on as our head diving coach for his third year,” said Denniston.  “Kyle has produced All-America divers every year he has been here, and I’m confident we will continue to see our diving program grow.  Wyoming Diving is beginning to create a national reputation for developing excellent divers.  It is huge to retain Kyle as a member of our coaching staff.

“Nick Dillinger is going to continue with our program as a graduate assistant coach this coming season.  Nick swam at Cal under some of the best coaches and Olympians in the world.  He brings another level of expertise that is hard to find.  He enters his second season on our staff while he works on completing his law degree from UW.

“I think we have one of the best coaching staffs in the country, but not a lot of people know it yet.”

Bogner will be entering his third season as Wyoming’s head diving coach in 2017-18.  He was named the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Diving Coach of the Year for men’s diving.  He coached Cowboy freshman Scotia Mullin to a 14th-place finish in the platform event at the 2017 NCAA Championships.  Cowgirl freshman diver Karla Contreras placed 19th in the 1-meter competition, 22nd in the 3-meter and 37th in the platform event at the 2017 NCAA Championships.  Bogner is a former UW diver himself, winning the 1-meter individual title at the 2008 Mountain West Championships.  He earned his bachehor’s degree in communication with a minor in business administration from UW in 2011.  Bogner completed his master’s degree in administration from California State Bakersfield in 2013.

Dillinger, a native of Gillette, Wyo., attended the University of California where he swam for three seasons before becoming an undergraduate assistant during his final season of 2015-16.  The Cal Bears finished second at the 2016 NCAA Championships.  Upon completing his undergraduate degree at Cal, Dillinger was accepted to the University of Wyoming Law School where he is currently pursuing his law degree.

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