Middlebury College has announced the hiring of Nora O'Leary '17 and Colleen Rueppel as assistant swimming coaches. O'Leary graduated from Middlebury in 2017 with a degree in teacher education, while Rueppel joins the program after spending the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach at Emory & Henry (Va.) and various other coaching duties throughout the region.
"We are thrilled to add the knowledge and enthusiasm that Nora and Colleen will bring to our program," said head coach Bob Rueppel. "Each of them has experienced the upper levels of Division III athletics competing in the NESCAC and the Ohio Athletic Conference and they will further enhance the culture we have established."
O'Leary was a breaststroke specialist in the pool for the Panthers during her four years. She was a 2017 All-American in the 200 with her 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She currently holds the school record in that event with a time of 2:19.03. O'Leary was a finalist at the NESCAC Championships in all three different breaststroke events for the Panthers during her career. She also served as a team captain during her senior year of 2016-17. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, she is an elementary teacher at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury.
Rueppel focused on the freestyle and butterfly events while swimming for Wilmington. She was an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) finalist in several events over her four years with the Quakers. After graduation, she spent one season with Emory & Henry, helping guide the women's team to a third-place finish at the Old Dominican Athletic Conference Championships. She also coached individuals who participated in the NCAA Championships in Texas. Rueppel is a paraprofessional at Mary Hogan Elementary in Middlebury and coaches the Middlebury Aquatic Club. During the summer months, she instructs the Middlebury Marlins team.