Saint Mary’s Announces Coaching Change to Swim Program;
Alicia Dombkowski Elevated to Head Coach Position
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Saint Mary’s athletic department has announced that Alicia Dombkowski has been promoted to the head coach position of the Belles swimming and diving program.
For each of the past two seasons, Alicia Dombkowski has served as a volunteer assistant under her husband Ryan Dombkowski. Ryan Dombkowski will continue to serve on the coaching staff as well as maintaining his teaching role within the Saint Mary’s biology department.
“I am eager and excited to take over the swimming and diving program at Saint Mary's College and hope that I can have an impact on the success of our student-athletes both academically and athletically,” Alicia Dombkowski said. “Being a Saint Mary’s graduate, I know how beneficial being a student-athlete can be at such a quality school. In each of the last two years we’ve gotten progressively better in and out of the pool and I see that continuing for a long time to come.”
Alicia Dombkowski graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2002 with a bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing while minoring in mathematics. She was a three-year letter winner for the Belles swimming squad where she swam mostly distance freestyle and backstroke events. The native of Indiana, Penn., helped set two College records in relay events and was named the squad’s MVP on one occasion.
“We are very excited to hire Alicia as our head swimming coach. Her experience as a DIII swimmer gives her great insight into the time demands that are put on our student-athletes,” Saint Mary’s Athletics Director Lynn Kachmarik said. “She has gained a tremendous amount of coaching knowledge while serving under Ryan that will serve her well as a head coach. I am thrilled that the two of them will be able to continue coaching at Saint Mary’s.”
In addition to her coaching duties, Alicia Dombkowski will continue to serve as the Program Coordinator at the Northern Indiana Cancer Research Consortium. She has served in that role since July of 2006.
Last season the Belles set six different College event records and the squad is slated to return 27 swimmers and divers, including two-time MIAA 1650 freestyle champion Melissa Gerbeth, next season. Last year they posted the best league finish in six years as they placed fifth at the MIAA championships the second week of February. She is the College’s fifth head coach since Saint Mary’s joined the MIAA during the 1997-98 season.