Jeremy Organ enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Vanderbilt swimming team.
The Dores fought through a tough schedule in the 2017-18 season however, Coach Organ coached multiple swimmers to beat their personal records as well as beat previous school records. The Phill Hansel Invitational, the SEC Championships and the CSCAA National Invitational were all strong tournaments for the Dores where multiple swimmers took the podium and accomplished their best times. Overall the team finished with an even 4-4 record under Coach Organ and are working towards becoming even stronger going into the 2018-19 season.
The Dores faced a challenged slate of teams during the 2016-17 season. Over the course of the year, they faced four SEC opponents, including in-state foe Tennessee. The schedule prepared the team for the SEC Championships which they set two school records and numerous personal bests against the best competition in the conference.
The 2015-16 season saw continued success for the ‘Dores in the pool. They finished the year at 8-7, achieving their second-consecutive winning season for the first time since the program was resurrected in 2006. The Commodores were led by their lone senior Hannah Martin but saw major contributions from the young core that Organ brought to campus the previous year. The sophomore class was led by Kara Lucenti and Breanna Sapienza. That second year class played a role in all six school records that were set the previous year. Organ also brought in another talented freshman class led by Johanna Goldblatt who set a freshman record in the 50 freestyle. All four freshman last season made swims at the SEC Championships. The ‘Dores opened and closed the SEC Championships with school records for the second consecutive season.
In 2014-15 Organ and the ‘Dores went 10-9, defeating Campbell, WKU, UALR, UWF, UNF, Marshall, Xavier and Wingate. At the 2015 SEC Championships, Vanderbilt opened and closed the competition breaking a school record. In all, the Commodores broke eight school records in the Auburn Tiger’s pool and finished 12th with 173 points. In all, five freshman records were set during the 2014-15 season. Organ brought in several talented freshmen that proved to be essential to the Commodores success in the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and relay events.
He continues to show improvement with a program that was resurrected in 2006.To cap off the 2013 season the Commodores broke 14 school records at SECs, only to out-do the feat last season setting 15 school marks. Vandy also posted six NCAA B-cuts in the 2014 season SEC Championships, two better than the 2012-13 season.
During the 2011-12 season, he oversaw his 200 medley relay team that set a new school record at the SEC Championships and Caroline Thomas set a new school record in the 100 yard freestyle, while four individual swimmers set new personal records at the SEC Championships. The squad picked up meet wins versus Marshall and Arkansas-Little Rock for the season.
The 2010-11 squad continued to improve throughout the season, culminating with seven school records being set at the 2011 SEC Championships (five individual, two relay). The team also scored a dual meet win at Marshall.
This came following a 2009-10 season that saw progress, as well. While the team finished 10th at the SEC Championships, the swimmers posted 92% season best times with almost half being lifetime bests.
In 2006, Organ directed the first swim team at Vanderbilt since the 1992 season when the university was forced to drop the team. The Commodores finished the season with an 0-3 dual meet record and finished 10th at the team’s first Southeastern Conference meet since 1992.
Before coming to Vanderbilt, Organ served as the senior assistant coach of the Nashville Aquatic Club, one of swimming’s most competitive club teams. While coaching the NAC, Organ mentored six national championship qualifiers in addition to assisting 20 swimmers earn Division I scholarships.
Organ also served as the senior coach at the Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club. While in Pensacola, the club produced several national qualifiers and national age group top-16 swimmers.
Organ enjoyed a highly successful collegiate career, swimming at the University of North Dakota. While at UND, Organ was a six-time All-American. Organ also earned North Central Conference Swimmer of the Year honors in 1995.
Following graduation, Organ stayed with North Dakota to become Head Assistant Coach from 1996-2000. He helped establish the swimming strength and conditioning program, supervising student-athlete’s academic progress and implementing community service programs.
While working as a coach at UND, Organ also served as the head coach for the Forks Area Swim Team. During that time, he garnered North Dakota Age Group Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and 1999.
Organ also has extensive experience in overseeing the growth of several swim programs, including the Great Pensacola Aquatic Club, where he nearly doubled the senior swim program in just two years. Also, while Organ was with the Nashville Aquatic Club, the program grew from 250 participants in 2002, to over 300 swimmers in 2005.
A native of Cranbrook British Columbia Canada, Organ is married to the former Margaret Davidson. They have two daughters, Ella and Kathryn Rose, and are the proud owners of two dogs, Nash and Napa.