Matt Ense, a five-time Mid-American Conference champion as a swimmer at Eastern Michigan and the 2012 CollegeSwiming.com Rising Assistant Coach of the Year, is in his second season at Cincinnati as a assistant swimming coach.
Ense spent the 2012-13 year as just the second women's head coach at DePauw, where he led the Tigers to a third-place showing at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. His squad sent five student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Championships, earning DePauw a 27th place finish nationally.
Prior to his time at DePauw, Ense was an assistant coach at Division III powerhouse Denison. Both men's and women's squads finished in the top-three nationally each season he was with the Big Red, while the men took home the NCAA Division III title in 2011 and `12.
During his four years there, the women's team broke 32 school records, 25 conference marks and six national records, while swimmers achieved All-America status on 178 occasions. The men's team posted 35 school records, 15 conference marks and 10 at the NCAA level, while totaling 180 All-America performances.
In 2012, he was named the CollegeSwimming.com Rising Assistant Coach of the Year, with long-time Denison Head Coach Greg Parini calling Ense his "best assistant coach in 25 years."
Before arriving at Denison, Ense worked alongside current Michigan head coach Mike Bottom for three months in Key Largo, Fla., helping prepare 13 Olympians for the 2008 Summer Olympiad in Beijing. Trainee Nathan Adrian was part of the 400 free relay which won gold and set a world record.
A graduate of Cincinnati's Oak Hill High School, Ense went on to swim at Eastern Michigan, where he was a five-time Mid-American Conference champion and MAC Scholar-Athlete. He also competed at the 2000 US Olympic Trials, where he finished ninth in the 5,000.