College of Saint Benedict Sports Information
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – Dan Eckberg announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as the head coach of the College of Saint Benedict swim and dive program, but a familiar face is ready to take over the team.
Eckberg announced his resignation July 30 after six years as the program's head coach. He served as the interim head coach in 2013-14, and was named head coach starting in 2014-15. Mandy Wolvert has been a top assistant for Eckberg in five of his six seasons with the program, and is ready to step in as the program's interim head coach starting in August.
"I offer my sincere thanks to Dan for his leadership and commitment to the CSB swim and dive team over the last six years," CSB athletic director Glen Werner said. "Dan is a fantastic ambassador of CSB swim and dive, and his work ethic is unparalleled. Dan will be missed as a part of our team, but we all honor his journey and wish he and his family well in their bright future."
The CSB swim and dive team finished in the top six at the MIAC Championships in each of Eckberg's six years with the program, including a fourth-place finish in 2013-14 and a pair of fifth-place finishes. The team has set nine school records in his six years, and more than 40 athletes have recorded times or marks in the top 10 in program history under Eckberg's watch.
In 2018-19 alone, the swim and dive team set five school records, had four All-MIAC honorees – the most for the program since 2012-13 – and had an athlete competing in the postseason for the first time since 2002. As well as finding success in the pool, Eckberg's teams have also been competitive in the classroom. The team earned CSCAA Scholar Team honors in each of his six years at the helm.
"I am incredibly thankful for my opportunity to coach at the College of Saint Benedict and fulfill my dream of becoming a collegiate coach. The hardest part of leaving is letting go of the relationships and mentorships with our student-athletes," Eckberg said. "I have been blessed to see firsthand the kind of determination, attitude, commitment and drive that I hope my daughter displays in her lifetime. I don't think I could articulate how proud I am of the people in the program and those who have graduated from it; they have and will always make me proud. As difficult as it is to walk away, I look forward to focusing on being an ever-present father and husband.
"Mandy is the perfect person to take over as head coach. She already has a strong connection to the individuals in the program and with our alumnae, and her positivity and enthusiasm are a great fit for this position. I wish Mandy, the swim and dive team, and the rest of the CSB athletic department the best of luck in the future."
Wolvert is a familiar face to Saint Benedict swim and dive, as she has been with the program for six of the past seven seasons. She served as an assistant from 2012-15, took a one-year hiatus and then returned for a second stint as an assistant starting in 2016-17. She has assisted Eckberg each year with recruiting, practices and with planning the team's annual January training trip to Florida. Wolvert will step into the interim role starting Tuesday, Aug. 20.
"I'm very excited to be taking over a program already filled with talented athletes and great people," Wolvert said. "My goal is to build upon the successful foundation Dan has established and continue to help the team in their goal-breaking journey."
The CSB swim and dive team starts the 2019-20 season Friday, Oct. 11, at the St. Kate's Pentathlon in St. Paul.
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