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Tracy Ljone (LEE-own) returns for her seventh season as the head coach of the University of New Mexico swimming and diving team.
During her time at New Mexico 25 school records have been broken, 11 members of her team named 1st Team All-MWC and 13 have been named 2nd Team All-MWC. Ljone's team continues to improve each year, but the biggest impact they are making is outside of the pool.
During her tenure as head coach, Ljone's teams have become the model for academic achievement in the Mountain West Conference. In 2010 Ljone had 12 members of the UNM swimming team receive MWC Scholar-Athlete honors, more than any other school in the conference.
Her teams have been awarded Scholar All-American honors by the College Swim Coaches Association of America every semester she's been at the helm. The highest recognition came in the spring of 2009 when the team had the 9th highest GPA in the nation (9.45). The team has also had back-to-back seasons of 500+ hours of community service done. For the 2010-2011 season the UNM swim team clocked 800 hours.
Ljone came to UNM in 2002 as a strength coach. She worked in the weight room for two years before becoming former UNM head coach Bill Spahn's top assistant during the 2004-2005 season. When Spahn retired, Ljone was named head coach.
Ljone had previous head-coaching experience at Georgia Southern University from 1999-2002 where her team compiled a 13-10 overall record. In Ljone's three years at Georgia Southern, her swimmers recorded 96 percent of their top individual times. In 2000, she led Georgia Southern to a second place finish in the Southern Conference Championships.
A four-year letterwinner, three time NCAA All-Academic Team Selection and Southeastern Conference Honor Roll honoree, Ljone earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from South Carolina in 1997. She received her master's in Sports Management from Georgia Southern in 1999 and in June 2008 completed her Ph.D. in Sports Administration at UNM with a minor in Health Education.