Jarrod Zwirko serves as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator and works primarily with the middle-distance and distance freestyle group for the Wildcats. As recruiting coordinator, Zwirko is the main contact for recruits, identifying talented athletes and official visits for potential student-athletes. As UNH’s primary distance coach, Zwirko has worked most recently with Wildcat standout Lauren McCandless. The two-time America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, McCandless is the America East record holder in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:35.97, 2011). Furthermore, McCandless became just the fifth person in conference history to win the same event (1,650-yard freestyle) all four years.
A 2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Zwirko was a two-year captain for the Wildcats, specializing in middle-distance and still holds two UNH records for relays. As a student-athlete, he was an 11-time finalist at the America East Championships and runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle in 2002, while also earning All-Conference honors twice. Zwirko also served as SAAC President as an undergraduate and was nominated for UNH Athlete of the Year twice.
Upon completion of his eligibility, Zwirko entered the graduate program at UNH and earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. During this time, he served as the graduate assistant for the UNH swim team and was an integral part of the staff that twice earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors, after winning back-to-back America East Championship titles. During his last season, UNH took two women to the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
After earning his Master’s degree, Zwirko joined the staff at the Williston Northampton School of western Massachusetts, his former prep school, in 2006. While at Williston, he served for two years as an English teacher and swim coach, helping the team win the New England Championships in the small school division.
Returning to UNH as a full-time assistant in 2008, Zwirko has been a part of five America East Women’s Coaching Staffs of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).