Wyoming Swimming Announces the Hiring of Two Assistant Coaches

Aug. 31, 2005


The University of Wyoming swimming and diving program recently announced the hiring of two assistant coaches, Heidi Gray and Kelly McClanahan.

Gray was promoted to assistant coach after serving as a graduate assistant for the Wyoming swimming and diving program for the past two seasons. Gray is a 1996 graduate of the University of Washington, where she was a team captain for the Husky swim team. Prior to coming to Laramie, she coached high school and age group teams in both Seattle and Montana and was named the age group coach of the year for the state of Montana in 2002.

A native of Helena, Mont., Gray graduated from Capital High School in 1992. She received her masters degree in health and kinesiology from Wyoming in May of 2005.

"Heidi has been a tremendous asset to our program over the past two seasons and we are thrilled she is going to continue her career here," said UW swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "She shows great compassion and dedication to our athletes and has done a tremendous job with the distance swimmers. We look forward to Heidi's continued contributions to the University of Wyoming."

McClanahan comes to Wyoming after spending the last two seasons as an assistant swimming coach at the College of Charleston. Before coaching at Charleston, she spent the 2002-03 year as head coach for the Robindale Woods Swim Team. Prior to that she spent time with the Knox Central Swim Team and the Colonial Shores Ridge Raiders.

The Chattanooga, Tenn. native swam for three years at the University of Louisville while also serving as team manager. While at Louisville, she received academic honors all three years and was a part of the fourth ranked team in the nation in GPA among NCAA women's teams.

McClanahan earned a B.S. in Sports Management, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2001. She earned a Masters of Science in Health and Human Performance degree at Tennessee in 2003.

McClanahan first swam for the Greater Chattanooga Aquatic Club and was a member of the nationally ranked Baylor High School swim team, where she was named All-American for three years. While at Baylor, she contributed to four consecutive state championships and a national qualifying relay.

"Kelly brings to Wyoming a vast amount of experience and knowledge about coaching sprinters," said Johnson. "Her college swimming experience and her coaching experiences over the past several years will help Wyoming sprinters reach new heights in the seasons to come."