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Marko Djordjevic Announces Addition of Kayla McCormick to Coaching Staff

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – University of California San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach Marko Djordjevic has announced the addition of assistant coach Kayla McCormick to his staff ahead of the 2019-20 season, which is the Tritons’ final in Division II. 

Coaching Career

Most recently, McCormick served as the head swimming coach of the La Jolla YMCA Lightning Swim Team from 2018-19. Prior to that, from 2016-18, McCormick joined the Allegheny College men's and women's swimming and diving teams as their assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. 

McCormick began her coaching career at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she earned her M.A. in Sport and Exercise Psychology. At Minnesota State University, Mankato, she served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Mavericks from 2014-16, where she helped many of the women achieve Division II NCAA qualifying times. 

Scholar-Athlete Success

Before earning her master’s, McCormick graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Movement and Exercise Science with a double emphasis in Exercise Science and Sport Psychology, as well as a minor in coaching.

The Caledonia, Minn. native swam Division I at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was a four-year letter winner and team captain during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Twice she garnered Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete accolades, adding the Leadership and Service Award from the league in 2014 along with a nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Coming Up

McCormick and the rest of the Triton coaching staff will look to aid the team to another successful season. This will be UC San Diego’s second year as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).

View McCormick’s full bio here.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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