Dan Kesler enters his first season as the associate head coach in 2019-20.
Kesler brings a wealth of experience to Tallahassee, including seven seasons at Arizona State where he worked with the distance and middle distance groups while serving as the recruiting coordinator. Kesler spent his final four years working under FSU alum Bob Bowman – who is best known for coaching the most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps.
In 2018-19, Kesler’s distance swimmers were a part of six of Arizona State’s seven scoring swims at the Women’s NCAA Championships, where the team finished 20th.
Cierra Runge secured a pair of individual All-American swims, finishing fourth in the 500 free at 4:35.39 before placing eighth in the 1650 free at 15:53.72. Runge also earned honorable mention behind an 11th-place finish in the 200 free (1:43.76). In her first season at ASU, Runge set new school records in the 200 free (1:43.46), 500 free (4:34.64), 1000 free (9:35.26), 1650 free (15:51.72) and as a part of the 400 and 800 free relays.
Emma Nordin also followed Runge with an honorable mention 1650 free, finishing ninth at NCAAs and both swimmers were a part of the 400 and 800 free relays that placed 14th and 12th respectively.
Prior to ASU, Kesler spent five years as the top assistant swimming coach at Wingate University overseeing the mid-distance and distance swimmers. Kesler served on the Division II top 25 poll selection committee for the 2011-2012 season.
With Kesler at the helm, the Wingate men’s team captured Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship titles in each of his five years and posted four top-six finishes at the NCAA Division II national championship meets.
Iaroslav Denysenko was voted the 2012 NCAA Division II Swimmer of the Meet after winning three national titles in the 500, the 1000 and the 1650 free and finishing as the runner-up in the 200 free. Denysenko broke a 10-year-old NCAA Division II championship record in the 500 Free.
All 19 records on both men’s and women’s teams were broken during his tenure at Wingate.
Following a stellar high school career, Kesler was a key member of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack swimming team. As a junior, he served as a team captain and was an ACC finalist in the distance events. He was also a 2000 Olympic Trials qualifier while representing Green Terror Aquatic Club.
A native of Westminster, Maryland, Kesler was a member of the NC State swim team from 2000-03. Swimming runs in the Kesler family as his brother Rob, is also a swim coach for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and is the head coach at South Carroll Swim Club.