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Logan Schaefer has been appointed the Columbus North varsity swimming coach for the 2016-17 season, athletic director Jeff Hester announced Wednesday (May 18).
Schaefer, 23, who was the varsity coach last season at Southridge High School and also coached the Southridge Aquatic Raider Gators club team in Huntingburg, Ind., will guide both the Bull Frogs' high school program and the Donner Swim Club program in his new position in Columbus.
Previously, Schaefer was a student-assistant coach for three seasons at Indiana University after being a member of coach Ray Looze’s program for one year.
In Columbus, Schaefer will take over for Bridger Bell at CNHS and with DSC. Bell coached the Bull Frog and Donner programs for one season.
“As a swimmer in Indiana, I long have been aware of and respected the tradition of the Columbus North and Donner programs,” Schaefer said. “Both programs have had a high level of success over the years, and I want to help them reestablish strong programs in the state of Indiana. I look forward to helping athletes be successful in both the high school and club programs.”
Hester said he is pleased to add Schaefer as the Bull Frogs' coach.
"I am delighted to be able to bring Logan on board as our new swimming coach," Hester said. "He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the position, and coach Looze described him as a ‘rising star’ in the profession. We feel that Logan will do an excellent job.”
Schaefer is 2011 graduate of Southridge High School, where he was a four-time team MVP and helped the Raiders to four Pocket Athletic Conference team championships. Upon graduation, he held school records in five individual events (200-yard freestyle, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free and 500 free) and contributed to school records in three relay events (200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay). He also set a sectional record in the 500 free.
At IU, Schaefer moved to the pool deck after one season in the water.
“During my first year at Indiana, I made the decision that I wanted to coach and I was able to learn alongside coach Looze and his staff,” Schaefer said. “At the same time, while I was coaching my peers and friends, I learned how to establish strong coaching relationships that will benefit me in the years to come.”
In his last two seasons with the Hoosiers, Schaefer worked directly with Looze and the breaststroke group. That is a contingent that included standout Cody Miller, who earned a spot on the USA Swimming National Team. Consequently, Schaefer has served the national team for two years as a personal coach for Miller.
“It was a great experience to be part of the IU program and work with athletes at such a high level,” Schaefer said. “Now that I am working with high school athletes and club athletes, I can try to help them develop a strong foundation now to help them succeed in their future swimming careers.”
Schaefer, a 2015 IU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, said his one year as a head coach at his high school alma mater has been beneficial. He guided the Raider girls to a 4-7 dual meet record, a third-place finish in the PAC and a sixth-place finish in the Jasper Sectional in 2015-16. He also directed the Southridge boys to a 5-7 dual meet record, fourth place in the PAC and fifth place in the Jasper Sectional last winter.
“My year at Southridge allowed me to establish a program and gain the experience of preparing athletes for conference, sectional and championship-level meets,” he said. “It has been extremely valuable in learning the high school system.”
Over the years, CN boys swimming has produced 10 state championship teams and 31 top-five finishes while the CN girls have garnered one team state crown and 14 top-five finishes.
In 2015-16, the boys were runner-up in the Columbus North Sectional and tied for 18th in the IHSAA State Finals. The girls, meanwhile, were third in the CN Sectional and tied for 36th in the state meet.
CNHS features the Charles "Chick" Newell Natatorium, an eight-lane 25 meter pool with a moveable bulkhead that adjusts to 25 yards as well as a full-size separate diving well with two 1-meter boards and one 3-meter board.
The Donner Swim Club was formed in 1948 and is one of Indiana oldest and most successful clubs. DSC swimmers are competitive nationally in the pool as well as in open water. DSC serves hundreds of swimmers, utilizing two indoor natatoriums and an outdoor Olympic-sized pool. The club also uses the CNHS facility and the Northside Middle School pool (a six-lane, 25-yard facility) for some of its events.