July 24, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt swimming Head Coach Jeremy Organ has announced that Angie Nicolletta has joined his staff as assistant coach. Nicolletta joins the Commodores after spending the past season as volunteer assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Angie on board," Organ said. "She brings an amazing amount of passion and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming. She has a strong desire to help everyone on the team have a positive experience."
Nicolletta brings a wide range of coaching experience to Nashville, including coaching time at both the club and collegiate level. She was also a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain on the women's swimming team at Louisville.
"I couldn't be more excited to be here at Vanderbilt and to be part of an amazing program in the Southeastern Conference," Nicolletta said. "I'm looking forward to helping the program develop and soar to greater heights."
In addition to helping develop the swimmers on West End, Nicolletta will help lead Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts.
"She is really going to hit the ground running on the recruiting trail," Organ added. "It's obvious she wants to help swimmers come be a part of the Vanderbilt swimming family."
Nicolletta knows the challenges of trying to compete at a top-flight academic institution, but embraces the goals of placing a priority on academics.
"We can achieve our goal of being top-20 academically and athletically," Nicolletta added. "I will recruit young women who share the desire for that balance and can bring the same excitement and drive I have to the team."
Nicolletta spent 2011-12 at the Air Force Academy, while also serving as swim coach and aquatic supervisor at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs. She helped the Falcons set five school records at this season's Mountain West Championships.
Prior to her time at the Air Force Academy, Nicolletta served as the Head Site Coach for Stingrays Swimming in Marietta, Ga. With Stingrays, she directly coached swimmers aged eight to 17, while also overseeing four assistant coaches. Before Stingrays, Nicolletta spent three years as an assistant coach with the Lakeside Seahawks in Louisville, Ky.
As a collegiate swimmer at Louisville, Nicolletta set a school record in the 200-fly, while also contributing to school records in the 200-free relay, 400-medley relay and 400-free relay. She also scored a number of top-five finishes for the Cardinals at Conference USA Championship meets, competing predominantly in sprint freestyle and butterfly events.
A native of Marietta, Ga., Nicolletta graduated from Louisville in 2005 with a degree in sports administration.