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August 28, 2008

2009-10 Season - Augustana hires Scott Johannsen as head coach in women’s swimming

 ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Scott Johannsen will begin his first year as the head coach of both the men and women’s swim teams at Augustana for the 2008-09 school year. Johannsen replaces Greg Naumann, who resigned in June to become an assistant coach at Truman State University.


“I am pleased that Scott Johannsen has accepted the head men and women’s swim coach position at Augustana,” said Mike Zapoloski, director of athletics. “At the beginning of this search, it was clear that establishing a higher level of commitment and continuity from a coaching perspective was critical. I believe that Scott has the expertise and passion to be a difference-maker for the future growth of swimming at Augustana. Scott is a Quad Cities native and a well-known commodity in the regional swimming community.”


Johannsen has been the head coach of the Pleasant Valley Stingrays Swim Club from September of 2006. He was responsible for a club that had 150 swimmers. He is also the owner/manager of the Samax Corporation since 1994.


He was a standout swimmer at Davenport West High School where he became the first four year varsity letterwinner in school history. He was a three time first team all-state performer in the 100 butterfly and held the school record in that event until 1996. He attended Western Illinois on a swimming scholarship and served as captain of the team. He was a two time finalist in the 100 butterfly in the Mid Continent Conference.


Prior to coaching the Stingrays, he was also the head coach of the Rock Island YMCA club team from 1987 through 1990.


He has been active in various youth programs throughout the Quad Cities and has served as the president of the Davenport Knights of Columbus and the John F. Kennedy Athletic Club. He was the vice president of the Kimberly Village Homeowner’s Association in 2000-01.