WASHINGTON - Former CUA standout swimmer Matt Tallman made national news in the swimming world, as he was named the CollegeSwimming.com Rising Assistant Coach of the Year earlier this year. On Monday, Nov. 11, Tallman added to his accomplishments, as he was named head men's swimming coach at Notre Dame.
Tallman has been on the Fighting Irish coaching staff for past 13 seasons.
"To become the third head coach of the men's swimming and diving program at Notre Dame is the greatest thing to happen in my professional career. The University of Notre Dame and its department of athletics are synonymous with excellence. I am truly honored to lead and guide our young men through their collegiate journeys. We will be a team always striving to better ourselves as student-athletes in the classroom and in the pool, but as importantly to become better people day in and day out," says Tallman.
Tallman joined the Irish staff in 2001, shortly after the Notre
Dame athletics department announced that each of the University's
26 varsity sports would receive full funding. His recruiting
efforts have helped produce some of the top classes in the history
of the program--including the 14th-best incoming class in 2009-10,
12th-best in 2010-11 and 25th-best in 2011-12, which in turn has
made Notre Dame a factor on the national scene. Tallman helped
guide the Irish to their first BIG EAST championship in 2005, and
the Irish repeated as champions in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
The stretch was the most successful in the history of Notre Dame
swimming and diving.
Tallman was also instrumental in preparing and presenting a proposal to the NCAA to institute a new selection process for the Division I Swimming Championships. Thanks to Tallman's efforts, the NCAA Championship Cabinet approved the new process, which took effect at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Prior to his stint at Notre Dame, Tallman served as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland in 2000-01, with the Terps peaking at 16th in the national rankings that season (their highest listing in school history). Tallman previously spent two years as the head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was selected Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 after helping the women's team to the PSAC title, and he also led his teams to sixth- and seventh-place finishes at the NCAA Division II championships. In those two seasons at IUP, the women's squad was 18-0 in dual meets, 15 swimmers achieved All-America honors and five student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans.
A 1997 graduate of the Catholic University of America, Tallman swam for four seasons and captured 11 titles at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. Originally from Lindenwold, N.J., he is married to the former Heather Grzeskowiak and they are parents of daughter Hannah and son Martin.