July 18, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Goldman Family Director of men's swimming Ted Knapp has announced the hiring of Scott Armstrong as the new assistant coach at Stanford. Armstrong comes to Stanford with a breadth of experience at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and with USA Swimming.
"Scott is absolutely the right person for this position," said Knapp. "He has surrounded himself the last 12 years with bright successful people in both academic and swimming settings, and it is clear that he understands that at Stanford, swimmers can thrive both in the pool and in the classroom. His years at Johns Hopkins and North Baltimore Aquatic Club have prepared him well to be the perfect fit for this opportunity."
Armstrong has been at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club since 2003 where he worked with Olympic Coaches Murray Stephens, Bob Bowman and Paul Yetter. He helped implement the training plan for the Senior Elite group that included Olympians Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff.
Later, Armstrong was named Associate Head Coach at the NBAC and for those two seasons the club was USA Swimming's No. 1 ranked team in Club Excellence for the first time in the club's history.
"I am really excited to be a part of the Stanford swimming family," said Armstrong. "I am thankful for the opportunity to come to such a prestigious university and work with a great coach and talented group of student-athletes."
In addition to his time at the NBAC, Armstrong was also a USA National Junior Team coach. He was the head coach of the USA Women's Team that won the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific title.
Armstrong is a 2003 graduate of John's Hopkins University and was an 18-time All-American as a swimmer. He was named team captain in 2003 and helped Johns Hopkins to NCAA D-III runner-up finishes in both 2002 and 2003. Armstrong is also the former NCAA D-III record holder in the 1,650 freestyle.
Following his time as a student-athlete, Armstrong was an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins for two seasons.
"Scott brings a tremendous work ethic and passion along with innovative ideas and experiences that, when combined with the many great Stanford traditions, will keep Stanford swimming in the forefront for many more years," said Knapp.
Knapp begins his first season at the helm of the Cardinal program after working as an assistant for the last 28 years. Stanford men's swimming has won 31 consecutive conference titles and a total of eight NCAA titles, including seven during Knapp's time on The Farm.