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Head Coach Andy Clark, swimming and diving action


Andy Clark, Craig Johnson, Brooke Larsen, women's swimming and diving actionHead Coach: Andy Clark

The 2011-12 campaign was Andy Clark's 19th season at the helm of the Carleton men's and women's swimming and diving programs. He's led the women's team to the 2000, 2001, and 2009 MIAC titles, whiie on the men's side he guided the Knights to fourteen consecutive top-four finishes (from 1998-2011) at the conference meet highlighted by a third-place finish in 2008. In addition, the Carleton women  placed in the top 10 at the 2002, 2003 and 2005 NCAA Division III Championships. His athletes at Carleton have earned All-American honors 43 times and each of his 19 squads have been awarded academic team honors by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on both the men's and women's side.

Clark has over 25 years of coaching experience at the USS and collegiate levels. From 1988-90, Clark coached the men's and women's swim teams at Whitman College (Wash.). After two successful seasons at Whitman, Clark pursued graduate work at the University of Oregon, where he continued to coach and teach swimming. In 1992, Clark worked as an assistant coach with the Stanford University men's swim team under the tutelage of Skip Kinney. Clark was involved with the training and coaching of several elite athletes including 1992 Barcelona Olympians Joe Hudepohl, Jeff Rouse and Pablo Morales. Following Stanford's 1993 NCAA Division I championship season, Clark accepted the head coaching position at Carleton. Clark returned to California for a brief sabbaticals after the 1999-2000 and 2006-2007 seasons, coaching Stanford swimmers as they trained in Palo Alto, Calif., and Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation for the Olympic Trials. He is a graduate of Whitman College (B.A., geology, 1986) and the University of Oregon (M.S., exercise science, 1992).

In addition to his coaching duties at Carleton, Clark serves as an associate professor of physical education, athletics and recreation. Clark and his wife Kathy have two children, Allison (15) and Will (12).


Brooke Larsen, Swimming and Diving headshotAssociate Head Coach Brooke Plotz

Plotz, a 2000 graduate from Iowa State University and former team captain for the Cyclones, joined the Carleton coaching staff in 2005. She was named MIAC coach of the year while acting as the interim head coach during Andy Clark's 2007-2008 sabbatical. A three-time All-Big 12 academic first team honoree, Plotz served as head swimming and diving coach at Williamsburg (Iowa) High School. In addition to coaching at Iowa State for a season, Plotz also has club coaching experience and coaches the local master's team in Northfield.


Craig Johnson, Swimming and Diving headshotAssistant Coach Craig Johnson

In his 15th season on deck with the Knights, Johnson brings a high standard of collegiate swimming experience to the Carleton program. A 1991 graduate of St. Olaf College, he was a standout distance swimmer for the Oles during his four-year career and qualified for the national meet in 1988.  Johnson and his wife went to Kenya, East Africa from 1994-1996 to be secondary school science teachers in the Peace Corps.  Johnson joined the Carleton coaching staff in 1997. He earned his master's degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary's University in 2003.  A high school biology teacher at Northfield High School, he resides in Northfield with his wife, Tina, and children, Anders (10), Emma (8) and Inga (5).


Gabe Korteum, diving coachDiving Coach Gabe Kortuem
Kortuem, a 2002 graduate of St. Olaf College, returns for his 10th year with the Knights. A graduate of St. Olaf, Kortuem holds the Carleton pool record for 6 dives on the 1-meter board. He was the national champion on the 1-meter board in 2002 and continues to hold the national record for the 1-meter board with a score of 557.90. He has been voted MIAC Diving Coach of the year by his peers for the last four seasons and has had numerous athletes qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Meet. He and his wife, Kristi, have three children, Alivia (6), Nora (4) and Greta (2).