April 13, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- University of New Mexico head swim coach Bill Spahn announced that Tracy Ljone has been named assistant swim coach. Ljone was previously the head swim coach at Georgia Southern University from 1999-2002 before joining the New Mexico staff. She replaces former assistant coach Lindsie Micko.
"Tracy was by far the best candidate for the position," said Spahn. "I think she is going to be great. She is a wonderful role model for our swimmers. She lives how we want our swimmers to live. She still trains all the time and already all of our girls like her a lot. She is very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. If you could do a write up on your ideal coach, I think she would come pretty close to filling that description."
Ljone compiled an overall record of 13-10 while coaching at GSU. Under Ljone's three years, GSU swimmers recorded 96 percent of the top individual times in program history. In 2000, she led Georgia Southern to a second place finish in the Southern Conference.
Before taking the head coaching role, Ljone worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Southern. She also served as a strength and conditioning coach at Arizona State University and the University of South Carolina.
Ljone was a four-year letterwinner on the swim team at the University of South Carolina from 1993-97. During her collegiate swimming career, Ljone garnered several accolades. She was recognized on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll from 1994-97 and was a three-time NCAA All-Academic Team selection. She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from USC in 1997 and received her master's in Sports Management from Georgia Southern in 1999. Ljone is currently completing her Ph.D. in Sports Administration at UNM.
"I look forward to get back into coaching and working with Coach Spahn," said Ljone. "I look forward to learning a lot from him and working with the girls. I've been working with the team for a few weeks now and they seem like a great group of swimmers."