July 7, 2011

COLLEGE STATION --- Former University of Pittsburgh assistant Tanica Jamison will join the Texas A&M women's swimming and diving team as assistant coach, Aggie head coach Steve Bultman announced.

In addition to her duties with the Panther men's and women's swimming and diving teams the past two seasons, Jamison also served as the head senior coach of Team Pittsburgh and she served as head coach at the 2011 National Diversity Select Camp.

"It's an honor and a privilege to work with a great swimming and diving program like Texas A&M," Jamison said. "They are driven competitors and they have a championship mindset. I'm very excited about getting the opportunity to coach with and learn from Steve Bultman, and hopefully I can help the Aggies continue to build their program."

An 11-time NCAA All-American, Jamison remains a competitive swimmer. In 2010, Jamison shattered six national age group records at the U.S. Masters Short Course Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. A 2003 graduate of the University of Texas, Jamison is a two-time U.S. National Champion, a World University Games gold medalist and a two-time U.S. Olympic Trials finalist.

While competing for the Longhorns under then-head coach Jill Sterkel, Jamison was the 2000 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, earned the Leadership Award in 2001 and 2002, was a two-time team captain and was selected as the team's Most Valuable Swimmer in 2003. Jamison already has a number of connections to the current Aggie roster after serving as a coach with the Longhorn Aquatics swim team.

"She has competed at a very high level for many years and that experience will be a big plus for us," Bultman said. "She has swum under some very good coaches, and she's always been a student of the sport. I think she knew she wanted to be a coach and she was definitely observing coaching techniques and styles."

Jamison joins a Texas A&M program that has won three Big 12 team titles in the last five years and has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships the last five seasons.

"I think Tanica can have a big impact on our team," Bultman said. "She can combine her experience as a swimmer at those high levels with what she's done in coaching so far. In talking to some of her former coaches, they said very good things about her -- her work ethic, her leadership. They talked about her ability back when she was a swimmer to be intuitive about what she needed and helping her teammates. She's definitely has a passion for the sport and for helping swimmers reach excellence. She has already worked with three girls on our team when she was at Longhorn Aquatics, and they are very excited about Tanica joining our program."

Jamison's association with the National Diversity Select Camp began when she was a three-time participant in the mid-1990s and continued when she was invited to serve as a National Team athletic representative in 2007 and head coach this year. The Colorado Springs, Colo.-based camp's purpose is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.