July 10, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army swimming and diving head coach Mickey Wender announced the hiring of Jack Leavitt as an assistant coach on his staff this week. Leavitt arrives at West Point after serving a three-year term as a volunteer assistant at Harvard.
"We are very excited to welcome Jack Leavitt to the Army swimming and diving program," said Wender. "Jack brings a wealth of coaching experience and enthusiasm to our program. His coaching strengths match the needs we have within our program and he balances our staff nicely.
"Jack understands high level academics and athletics and has valuable recruiting experience," added Wender. "He has also embraced the mission and ideals of the Academy, and I have no doubt that he will hit the ground running."
Leavitt began his coaching career as an assistant for the women's program at New York University. During his two-year stint at NYU, Leavitt helped coordinate the team's recruiting efforts, designed training plans for the swimmers, arranged travel and implemented a strength and conditioning program. He also helped develop several NCAA Division III All-Americans, and was a member of the 2009 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
After his time at NYU, Leavitt moved to Boston to work with the Harvard University men's program. During his time with the Crimson, he was responsible for scouting opponents prior to meets.
While in Boston, Leavitt also served as the head coach for the Bay and Ocean State Squids/Crimson Aquatics. With the club team, Leavitt was responsible for the training and competitive development of more than 100 swimmers in the Gold Medal Swim Club. He expanded the team from 60 swimmers to over 100 in his first season, and mentored three Junior National qualifiers and one Senior National qualifier.
A four-year standout in the pool at Seton Hall University, Leavitt broke three school records and won the BIG EAST title in the 100-yard backstroke in 2005. Leavitt, who served as a two-year team captain, was selected MVP of the Seton Hall men's swimming team as a junior.
Leavitt graduated from Seton Hall in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Communications. A four-year member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team, Leavitt was a Dean's List student who finished with a 3.00 grade point average.