A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, a five-time NCAA Champion and the 2000 NCAA Women’s National Swimmer of the Year, Courtney Shealy Hart was named the head coach of the Yellow Jackets’ swimming and diving programs on April 30, 2009. Hart, who was a Georgia Tech assistant coach for two years from 2007-09, is the eighth head coach in the history of the program.
Thanks in part to deep recruiting classes and the development of talent, Hart has steadily built Georgia Tech into a program that can compete in the nationally recognized Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Since taking over the reins of the program, both the men’s and women’s teams have consistently increased its points total at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships each year.
Hart has presided over a fantastic stretch for the Tech program that has seen multiple men’s swimmers compete in eight NCAA Championships since taking over the program before the start of the 2009-10 season. Since 2009, a total of 20 program records have been established multiple times on the men’s team and a total of 18 program records in both swimming and diving for the women’s team.
The success has extended beyond the pool as the Yellow Jackets have annually been one of the nation’s top academic swimming & diving programs. The men’s swimming & diving team has earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16, while both the men’s and women’s programs annually earn CSCAA scholar all-America team honors.
Hart spent one season as an assistant coach at North Florida in 2006-07 prior to arriving on The Flats where she served as an assistant coach from 2007-09. She helped guide North Florida to a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Swimming Conference Championships and led nine individuals to top-16 finishes at the meet. She also guided one student-athlete to a top-eight finish in the conference championship meet.
Hart’s long list of accomplishments include:
39 NCAA Championships participants
Five NCAA all-Americans
Nine ACC Individual Champions
17 all-Conference performers
Countless school records broken
Before heading into the coaching scene, Hart participated in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games for the United States. She took home a pair of gold medals in Sydney, Australia, in the 400 meter medley relay and 400 meter freestyle relay.
Hart also competed on the international scene in the Pan-American Games (1999, 2003), Pan Pacific (2002) and the United States World Cup Teams (2000-04).
At the University of Georgia, Hart led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA team championships in 1999 and 2000. She was named the 2000 NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year after capturing individual national titles in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. She also captured NCAA titles as a member of the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams. She finished her NCAA career with 26 All-America honors, the most in UGA history, plus two more honorable mention citations.
Hart won nine individual Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles, 10 SEC relay crowns and set five conference records. She was named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Year in 2000.
In the pool, her accomplishments include:
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
26 NCAA all-America honors
2000 NCAA National Swimmer of the Year
2000 SEC Swimmer of the Year
Five-time NCAA Champion
19-time SEC Champion
Georgia Aquatic Hall of Famer
Irmo High School Hall of Famer
After graduating from Georgia in 2001 cum laude with a degree in sports studies/communications, Hart worked as a motivational speaker for the NCAA, Coca-Cola, Healthsouth and Arby’s, and served as the director of the Golden West Swim Lessons Program in Huntington Beach, Calif., before heading to North Florida.
In the summer of 2013, Hart was inducted in to the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame, signifying both her achievements as a collegiate all-American and National Swimmer of the Year at the University of Georgia and as a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. She was also inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
Hart, who earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia in 2005, was inducted into the Irmo High School Hall of Fame in September 2017.
Hart and her husband, Justin, have two children – Jackson and Mara.
Bill Koppelman was promoted to associate head coach for the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s swimming program in June 2017 after working the previous five years as an assistant coach. He joined the Yellow Jackets’ staff in July 2012 following six years as an assistant coach at Texas Christian University (TCU).
Koppelman’s new role will expand his coaching, recruiting and administrative responsibilities with both the men’s and women’s swimming teams. He will continue to serve as the recruiting coordinator and also work with the middle distance swimmers for both the men’s and women’s rosters.
He has guided a Tech swimmer to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships all six years that he has been on The Flats with Nico van Duijn (2013, 2014 and 2015), Alex Kimpel (2016), Rodrigo Correia (2017) and Caio Pumputis (2018).
Since coming to GT in the summer of 2012, a number of middle distance performers have set school records and career marks each season, while both the men’s and women’s teams have consistently increased its points total at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships each year.
As the recruiting coordinator, Koppelman has helped bring in a number of strong recruiting classes over the last six years, including current record holders Iris Wang, Maddie Paschal, Chiara Ruiu, Laura Branton, Kira de Bruyn, Caroline Lee, Morgan Lyons, Emily Ilgenfritz, Megan Young, Rodrigo Correia, Christian Ferraro, Colt Williamson, Goerzen, Moises Loschi, van Duijn, Youssef Hammoud, Mats Westregren, Noah Harasz and Ben Southern, among others.
While at TCU, the Horned Frogs skyrocketed in the national rankings, and their recruiting classes consistently gained recognition from around the country. Koppelman was an integral part of TCU’s climb to the top of the Mountain West Conference in 2009-10 when the men’s team stormed through its schedule to an 8-0 overall record and 5-0 record in the league. It was the first MWC team crown for TCU.
Though he served as the men’s recruiting coordinator, Koppelman tutored both the men’s and women’s breaststroke and butterfly swimmers and saw all of those women’s school records fall under his guidance, along with 14 of 19 men’s swimming records.
Koppelman, who has been involved with coaching since before he graduated college, helped two-time Olympian Edgar Crespo claim the 2010 Mountain West Conference title in the 100 breaststroke and Sabine Rasch win the 100 freestyle conference crown in 2011. He also coached Crespo and the Panamanian team at the 2012 Olympics.
Koppelman joined the TCU staff in the fall of 2006 after spending the previous year as head coach of Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, as well as serving as head coach of the Pirate Swim Club, a USA Swimming Club team.
Prior to his stint at Cyprus High School, Koppelman worked as a graduate assistant with the University of Utah swim team and was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Wyoming as an undergraduate.
During his time at Utah, Koppelman worked with 11 U.S. National swimmers, one Canadian National finalist, 17 all-Mountain West Conference swimmers and two NCAA qualifiers.
Koppelman and his wife, RheaAnn, have two kids – Adelyn and Knox.
Yun Qu has been with the Yellowjackets for three years and coaches the distance program.
Qu is no stranger to the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, having competed in the venue for her native China at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games and finishing fourth in the 200m fly.
In the 1994 World Championships in Rome, she was the silver-medalist in both the 100m and 200m butterfly, a year after ranking No. 1 in the world and setting an Asian record in the 200m fly (2:08.53), and ranking No. 2 in the world in the 100m fly (59.27).
Qu came to Georgia Tech after five years as the associate head men's and women's swimming coach at SUNY-Binghamton. Her previous coaching stints have included Iowa State for two seasons, and Ithaca College for one.
She attended Shenzhen University in Shenzhen, China for two years, and then enrolled at SUNY-Binghamton where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2005 with a B.S. degree in human development. Qu received her M.S. in exercise science from Ithaca in 2006.
Michael Norment was named the Georgia Tech swimming and diving assistant coach on Oct. 1, 2018.
Norment joins the Yellow Jackets after founding the Metro Atlanta Aquatic Club (MAAC) in 2013 and compiling an impressive resume in the pool as an eight-time NCAA All-American and a two-time member of the U.S. National Team (1997, ’98).
“We’re extremely excited to have Michael join us at Georgia Tech,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “To be able to add an eight-time NCAA All-American swimmer to our staff, who also has experience professionally and nationally is a great gift. Michael possesses a wealth of experience. His success with the MAAC club team to go along with his ability to develop swimmers will be great additions to our staff. We’re fortunate to have him with us.”
While with the MAAC, Norment coached four swimmers to seven individual NCSA Junior National Titles, with two earning top-eight finishes at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships. In just three years after establishing MAAC, Norment already had three swimmers qualified for the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials. He also helped develop three Georgia High School State Champions and an NCAA All-American.
“I am honored to become part of the Georgia Tech Family,” Norment said. “I’m truly thankful for the opportunity that head coach Courtney Shealy Hart has provided. We have an incredibly talented coaching staff that I’m excited to work with. The team has been enthusiastic and extremely supportive. There’s a great energy here amongst the swimmers, coaches, and entire athletics staff. Atlanta is a diverse, growing and prosperous city and Georgia Tech is well-positioned to help our students capitalize on the opportunities afforded to them.”
Norment continued, “We have a tremendous opportunity to attract athletes from a vast in-state talent pool, and will have the ability to draw on the national and international talent base as well. I’m looking forward to helping this team become a dominant force in the ACC, at the NCAA Championship level and in international competition.”
Prior to coaching, Norment attended the University of Georgia, where he was an SEC Champion in the 100 breaststroke and an eight-time all-American. In 1997, he earned a spot on the USA Swimming National Team, competing in the 1997 Pan-Pacific Championships. He would then qualify for his second international competition, earning a spot on the 1999 U.S. National Team, competing in the 1999 Pan-Pacific Championships.
A Hempstead, N.Y. native, Norment moved to Philadelphia, Pa. during high school to train with famed swim coach James Ellis, head coach of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation (PDR). Under Ellis’ tutelage, Norment went on to win Junior Nationals in 1992 and was selected for the USA Swimming National Junior Team that same year, joining current Georgia Tech head coach Shealy Hart.
Norment resides in Atlanta with his wife, Nay, and their daughter Assata Rose (17) and son, Mozi (13).
Francisco ‘Chico’ Rego enters his first season as assistant coach with Georgia Tech swimming and diving, having been officially announced on Sept. 9, 2019.
Rego joins the Yellow Jackets with nearly 15 years of coaching experience, both on the world’s stage for Brazil and in Auburn. He’s coached swimmers to more than 15 national championship and world championship medals, as well as nearly 100 state championship medals.
“I’m thrilled to be able to welcome Francisco to Georgia Tech and our program,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “What ‘Chico’ has been able to accomplish both internationally and here in the U.S. makes him the perfect fit to help mentor our swimmers and continue our recruiting momentum.”
Rego comes to The Flats after spending the last two years in Greenville, S.C., coaching Team Greenville swim club to both its first long-course and short-course state championships in more than 14 years. While in Greenville, Rego was also elected to be the head coach of the 2019 South Carolina Zones Team, where he led them to its best finish in history (fourth).
Prior to Team Greenville, Rego coached for two-plus years at Auburn and with the Auburn Pro Team “Tiger Elite” club. During that time, Rego coached a myriad of world-class swimmers, including Kevin Cordes (multi-time medalist in Budapest 2017; gold medal in Rio 2016), Marcelo Chierighini (silver medal in Budapest 2017; finalist in Rio 2016) and Felipe Lima (finalist in Budapest ’17; bronze medal at Short Course World Championships in 2016).
“First, I want to thank Courtney and the entire coaching staff for the process and for welcoming me to Georgia Tech,” Rego said. “I’m incredibly excited to be joining a place like the Institute, where both the academics and athletics operate at an elite level. I’m ready to hit the ground running and get working with one of the fastest-growing programs in the country.”
Angie Nicolletta was announced as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech on July 31, 2019.
Nicolletta joins the Yellow Jackets after spending three years as an assistant coach for the swimming and diving program at Alabama. She also served as the recruiting coordinator for the women’s program.
“We’re extremely excited to have Angie on board here at Georgia Tech,” head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “Her years of experience recruiting and coaching at the highest level, in addition to her time competing in Conference USA, will make her a valuable addition to our staff and our team as we look to continue our program’s momentum.”
Prior to Alabama, the Marietta, Ga. native spent four years coaching at Vanderbilt, helping lead the Commodore’s recruiting efforts, and a season at the Air Force Academy, where she helped the Falcons break five school records at the Mountain West Championships. She began coaching as a head site coach of the Stingrays Swimming Club in Marietta, as well as an assistant coach at two of the country’s premier swim clubs, Lakeside Seahawks and Nashville Aquatic Club.
“I’m thrilled to be able to return home to Atlanta and join Georgia Tech and the Yellow Jacket family,” Nicolletta said. “I want to thank Courtney, Bill, John and Mike for welcoming me in and I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running with our team.”
Nicolletta was a standout swimmer at Louisville before coaching, setting school records in the 200 fly and as part of the 200 free, 400 medley and 400 free relays. She also scored numerous top-five finishes for Louisville at Conference USA Championships, competing mainly in sprint freestyle and butterfly events.
Nicolletta earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Louisville in 2005.