Hear from Jacqueilne Keire and head coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle at Keire's team sendoff to the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Head coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle previews UC's final regular season meet with Kentucky set for Saturday, Jan. 30, in Lexington, Kentucky.
Head coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle and swimmers Andrea Bartel & Eitan Holder preview the team's meet with Xavier and Cleveland State set for Friday, Oct. 16, at the Keating Aquatics Center.
Head coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle and assistant coach Josh Schneider talk about their upcoming trip to US Nationals and the World Cup, where Commons-DiSalle will be on the American coaching staff and Schenider will be competing.
Head swimming and diving coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle previews the upcoming meet at Eastern Michigan.
Cincinnati native and current USA National Team Coach Mandy Commons-DiSalle enters her third season as head coach and seventh season overall with the University of Cincinnati swimming and diving program in 2016-17.
Since Commons-DiSalle took over the program the Bearcats have excelled in both the pool and in the classroom. She has helped grow senior Jacqueline Keire into a three time NCAA All-American in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events. Keire was the first Bearcats swimmer to earn All-America honors since 2010 (and first female since 2005). Cincinnati also has collected a total of 10 individual titles at the American Athletic Conference championships and 18 school records during Coach DiSalle’s tenure.
The 2015-2016 season was a historic one for the Bearcats with 34 program Top-10 times, 14 NCAA B cuts, 11 school records, five individual American Conference titles, one NCAA zone qualifier and one NCAA A cut. There also were a record 18 new school record holders, with 15 of those record holders returning for the 2016-2017 season.
Commons-DiSalle also led the Bearcats to academic success, ending the year with a cumulative 3.401 team GPA. In total, 46 athletes were nominated to UC’s honor roll, 31 of which also were on the Dean’s List. Additionally, 36 individuals earned a spot on The American All-Academic Team and four earned NCAA Academic All-America titles.
The Bearcats continued their successful 2015-16 season into the summer where Commons-DiSalle helped produce junior Gege Huffner to a 13th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke and a 6th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke at the French Olympic Trials. She also led Keire to a 6th-place finish in both the 100 and 200 freestyle at the Canadian Olympic Trials, placing her just shy of qualifying for the 2016 Canadian Olympic Team. In addition to the team’s international athlete, Coach Di-Salle also had sophomores Ryan DePietro (400 IM) and Chris Bready (400 & 1500 FR) qualify for the United States Olympic trials. Former Bearcats student-athletes and 2010 NCAA national champion Josh Schneider also competed in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the U.S. Olympic trials, capping his career with a 5th-place finish in the 50 freestyle under the coaching of Commons-DiSalle.
Before being appointed as the head coach for Cincinnati on July 1, 2014, she spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the team from 2010-14. During her time as an assistant, Commons-DiSalle served as the recruiting coordinator for both the men’s and women’s programs. She was responsible for recruiting the eagerly anticipated 14-member signing class for the 2014-15 season which added depth to the UC roster in several events.
“Cincinnati is a great swimming town,” Commons-DiSalle says. “There are great youth programs, which I was a part of growing up, strong high school teams and a wealth of prospective student-athletes and fans. We are going to do our best to keep those kids in Cincinnati while reaching out nationally and internationally to put together the best team we can.”
Prior to arriving at UC she spent one season as a coach with the Cincinnati Marlins, developing swimmers aged 6-14, and two years as the owner of Varsity Athletic Consulting, a firm designed to help guide Cincinnati-area athletes through the college recruiting process.
Before entering the private sector, Commons-DiSalle began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at the University of Toledo. While with the Rockets, she coordinated the budget, team travel and scholarship distribution while helping oversee the program’s fundraising efforts.
Commons-DiSalle swam collegiately at Clemson where she was a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier, earning Honorable Mention All-America status in 2001 and 2002. She also was a National Strength & Conditioning All-American in 2000. She majored in economics with a minor in human resource management, receiving her degree from Clemson in 2003. She earned an MBA while coaching at Toledo.
Commons-DiSalle was a three-time Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state champion at Sycamore High School, where she is enshrined in the school’s athletic hall of fame. She and her husband, Eric, reside in Cincinnati.