Ben Gill named SJU swimming & diving coach

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Saint John's University Sports Information Department

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John's University named Ben Gill its swimming and diving coach on Monday, Aug. 12. 

Gill is the fourth head coach in the program's 46-year history and replaces Reed Fujan, who resigned in late May to take a position as an assistant coach at Division I Alabama. Gill begins Aug. 19 and will also serve the SJU athletic department as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

A 2007 graduate of St. Cloud State, Gill served as head swimming and diving coach for the men's and women's teams the last four seasons at Loras College (Iowa). Loras sent student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Championships each of the last three seasons and collected six All-America honors. The Duhawks totaled 64 All-Conference honors, including 14 conference champions.

"I'm excited and honored for the opportunity to lead the Saint John's University swimming and diving program," Gill said. "From the moment that I stepped on campus, I knew this would be a great opportunity; the facilities and campus are first-class and the staff clearly are passionate about offering the best opportunities and support for all student-athletes. 

"I am sincerely thankful to athletic director Bob Alpers for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to building on the Johnnie Swim and Dive tradition and guiding the program to new heights."

Prior to Loras, Gill was the head coach at the La Crosse (Wis.) Area Family YMCA from 2014-15. Eight of Gill's athletes qualified for YMCA Nationals and his team placed third at the YMCA state meet, in which multiple state champions were crowned across different age groups.

"I am really excited to have Ben lead our swimming and diving program," Alpers said. "His experience as a collegiate head coach, who has produced All-Americans and national qualifiers in both swimming and diving, is just what our program needs to build on the momentum that was started last year. Our student athletes are in great hands with Ben Gill."

Gill was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater for two seasons (2012-14) and coached nine Division II All-Americans. The SCSU women won back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships during his tenure.

His coaching experience also includes stops at the St. Cloud YMCA (2011-12), the Fox Cities YMCA in Appleton, Wis. (2009-11) and as an assistant at the College of Saint Benedict (2007-08). Gill was also a deck coach at Stanford's swim camp during summer 2008. 

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