LARAMIE, Wyo. (August 22, 2018) â€“ University of Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Dave Denniston announced the addition of Harmilee Cousin III to the UW coaching staff on Wednesday. Cousin III will officially start on Monday, August 27.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to have Harmilee (Cousin III) join our staff,â€ Denniston said. â€œHe brings a lot of energy to Laramie and I think our team will feed off his positive outlook as well as his purpose-driven approach to our sport.â€
Cousin III comes to Wyoming after serving as the head junior/associate senior coach for YSSC in Spartanburg, S.C. He was responsible forÂ developing the quadrennial training plan, used by the Junior (13-14) and Senior (15+) divisions of the program, at the Middle Tyger YMCA training site.
â€œIâ€™m very excited to become a member of the Wyoming coaching staff and join such a successful program,â€ Cousin III said. â€œIt is an excellent fit for me as a coach with the opportunity to train elite athletes. UW has so many things at their disposal and Iâ€™m so excited to learn from this staff.â€
He arrived at Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club in 2016 from USA Swimming Silver Medal Club Ozaukee Aquatics in Mequon (Greater Milwaukee), Wisc. He primarily worked with the 13-14-year-old athletes and assisted with the Senior Elite athletes.
â€œIâ€™m hoping my background in the club swimming community will be an asset to our program from both a training and recruiting standpoint,â€ Cousin III said. â€œI have had the fortune of coaching some great athletes and see them move on to the Olympic Trials and look forward to doing the same at the University of Wyoming.â€
Cousin III has had the privilege of inspiring young student-athletes reach for the highest levels of achievement in the sport of swimming and use the sport to assist in the development of their character, a discovery of their purpose and the realization of their potential.Â Over the course of his career, he has had the privilege of working with multiple YMCA National, USA-S Junior National, USA-S Senior National and U.S. Olympic Trial qualifiers.
He competed collegiately for the Pennsylvania State University – Erie, The Behrend College (Penn State Behrend) under the direction of Jennifer Wallace and Joseph Tristan. He was a part of four Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship teams from 2006 to 2010.
A native of Frederick, Md., Cousin III graduated from Penn State Behrend in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a certificate in Financial Planning.