Aug. 15, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson announced today the hiring of Wyn Saunier as an assistant coach for the Cowboys and Cowgirls. In addition to being involved in all aspects of the UW swimming and diving program, Saunier will work specifically with the distance freestyle swimmers.
"Wyn is a very experienced young coach who has a lot of enthusiasm and energy," said Johnson. "We are very excited to add Wyn to our coaching staff. He has gained a tremendous amount of coaching experience, especially in his time as a graduate assistant at Florida State and through working the Auburn swim camps. He was a highly sought after coaching candidate and many Division I programs were interested in hiring him. We feel very fortunate that he has decided to join the Wyoming swimming program and we look forward to building on our successes of the past few years with Wyn."
Saunier comes to Wyoming from Florida State University where he has been a graduate assistant for the past two seasons. In his first season at FSU, Saunier helped guide the Seminole men to the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. At FSU, Saunier worked with all groups of swimmers on the Seminole roster including the sprints and strokes as well as middle distance and distance freestyles.
Saunier also coached the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club (ATAC) during his time in Tallahassee. With the ATAC, he served as an assistant senior coach this summer and as the head age-group coach for the ATAC-Thomasville Branch during the summer of 2007.
This summer, Saunier was a head counselor at the prestigious Auburn Tiger swim camps. There, he worked mostly with senior elite swimmers.
Prior to his time at Florida State, Saunier was the head swimming coach at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky. during the 2005-06 season. Saunier was the first head coach in GRCHS history and was instrumental in beginning the swimming program. He was also the head coach at the Winchester Country Club from 2001-06, coaching young swimmers from age four though high school.
Saunier, a native of Lexington, Ky., swam in college at Transylvania University where he served as a team captain. In 2003, the Pioneers won their conference championship and finished fourth in the final NAIA standings.
Saunier received a bachelor of arts degree in finance from Transylvania in 2005. This past April, he earned a master's degree in sports administration from Florida State.
Saunier replaces Heidi Voigt who worked with the UW swimming and diving program over the past five seasons.