PLU Swimming's exceptional season another step in development of program
Even with two weeks of hindsight, the Pacific Lutheran swim team's historic season and dominant performance at the Northwest Conference championship meet continues to inspire awe at the achievement and excitement for the future. read more
Matt Sellman, who earned All-America honors as a Pacific Lutheran University swimmer in the early 1990s before becoming a collegiate head coach, returned to his alma mater as aquatics director and head swim coach for the 2010-11 season.
Sellman graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1996 and later earned a masters degree from University of Findlay (Ohio). He replaced Jim Johnson, who was his coach at PLU.
Sellman came to PLU from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where he served as head swim coach and aquatics director from 2007-10. He led the Eagles to six Capital Athletic Conference championships in three seasons, twice was named CAC Mens Swimming Coach of the Year and once the CAC Womens Swimming Coach of the Year. In all, he coached 44 UMW swimmers to NCAA Division III qualifying standards, and nine of his athletes earned All-America honors.
Prior to coaching at Mary Washington, Sellman was head swimming coach and aquatics director at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., from 2001-07. At Lewis & Clark, he rebuilt a program that went from a string of last place finishes in the Northwest Conference to achieving a second-place finish at the 2006 womens conference meet. Additionally under Sellmans guidance, the Pioneers not only ended a string of eight consecutive years without a conference dual meet victory, the womens program claimed two straight nine-win seasons while the mens team claimed back-to-back .500 seasons for the first time in almost two decades.
Courtney Eronemo starts her second season as a Pacific Lutheran University swimming team assistant coach.
Eronemo competed in the 2004 (age 16) and 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials (age 20) in 200 and 400 individual medley and in the 100 butterfly. She swam at the University of California-Berkeley where she was a member of a NCAA Division I national championship team.
Prior to her collegiate career, the Washington state native was a five-time state champion in five different individual events (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley) for Kentwood High School.
Tomas Mendez-Beck joined the Pacific Lutheran coaching staff prior to the 2014-15 season. He graduated from Seattle University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science. He swam all four years at Seattle and holds school records in the 200 butterfly and 800 freestyle relay.
Prior to his intercollegiate career, Mendez-Beck spent 10 years with the Hillsboro Swim Team, where he swam for James Resare. He also coaches with KING Aquatic Club.