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Seminoles Add Former NCAA Standout to Staff
Head Coach Neil Harper

Head Coach Neil Harper

July 28, 2011

Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State Head Coach Neil Harper, has announced Tricia Harm as the new assistant coach for the 2011-12 season.

Harm joins the Seminoles with a wealth of swimming experience. She spent last season as a part of Clemson's staff and prior to that stint, she served as an assistant for the University of Miami for two seasons.

"We are thrilled to have Tricia," Harper said. "As a coach, she's had experiences in major conferences, both in the Big Ten as well as the ACC. She's showed that she can succeed on all levels as a coach and I believe that her charisma will have an immediate impact on everyone."

During her career at Georgia, she was portrayed as the perfect team-player by establishing a substantial role on the 2005 National Championship squad as well as the 2006 SEC Championship team, knocking off the heavily favored Auburn Tigers.

Also in 2006, she was crowned a National Champion as a part of the part of the 200 Medley Relay, swimming the backstroke leg of the race. Some of her teammates include Mary DeScenza and Kara Lynn Joyce, both of whom competed in several Olympics and World Championships for the United States. In addition, she also claimed a pair of second places at the NCAA meet as a part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. Individually in 2006, she finished second in the 200 IM at the NCAA Championships. Today, her times are still among the top swims in the history of the Bulldogs program.

She is also a three-time Olympic Trial qualifier.

As an eight-time All-American, Harm also excelled in the classroom establishing herself as an Academic All-American.

After her swimming career at the University of Georgia, Harm attended The Ohio State University as a graduate student, where she also coached on both the collegiate and club levels.

"She's swum at the highest level and on top of that, she was a captain on a talented Georgia team. That gesture alone speaks volumes. She is someone who is well-known and respected and she will serve as a great role model for our student-athletes."

Harm is a native of Philadelphia, PA. She earned a degree in Sports Studies and a minor in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 2006. She went on to attain a master's degree in Sport and Exercise Management from The Ohio State University.

Director of Operations Added

In addition to Harm's arrival, Zac Adams will also join the staff from Clemson and will serve in the newly added position of Director of Operations.

"This will be a great position for us," Harper Said. "Zac will not only contribute to making our staff more efficient, he has a great reputation with USA Swimming clubs as well as high school programs. This is big for us because he will help us expose Florida State Swimming and Diving through those relationships he's established."

Adams is from Atlanta , Ga., and began his collegiate career swimming for Louisiana State University, however he's recently graduated from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala.

In 2003 he became a part of Bengal Tiger Aquatics in Baton Rouge, La. From there, he coached in both an assistant and head coaching roles on different teams, where he developed many younger swimmers into junior national and national qualifiers over the course of seven years.

During his most recent job at Clemson, he worked mainly with the middle-distance and stroke groups.

"He's extremely knowledgeable and we will look to him to establish alumni relations, work with setting up meets, and using his skills in order to boost our program," said Harper.


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