June 29, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico swimming and diving Head Coach Kunio Kono is pleased to announce the hiring of former University of New Mexico swimmer Aimee Dunavant as the programs new assistant coach. Dunavant brings with her seven years of coaching experience, the past five being at the Division I level. The former Lobo will be taking over for Crystal Forbes who is stepping down to focus on her family and pursue other opportunities.
Dunavant spent the past three years in the same position at the University of Northern Colorado. While with the Bears, she helped coach 11 All-Conference swimmers and one NCAA B-standard qualifier. Northern Colorado was also the recipient of numerous College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Academic All-American team awards.
Prior to her time with the Bears, Dunavant served in the same position with the Purple Aces of Evansville University in Evansville, Ind., from 2008-2010. While with the team the Purple Aces had nine athletes named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team and nine All-MVC Scholar Athletes. She assisted in recruiting and managed the team's travel, as well as other day-to-day office duties.
Dunavant was the head swim coach at the Kirtland Aquatic Club, in Albuquerque, from 2006-2008, where she had 12 state qualifiers and handled the training schedule for swimmers ages 12 and higher.
"I am very excited for Aimee to join our program," said Kono. "She is a former Lobo and has been coaching at the Division I level for a while. She knows recruiting and how to win."
The former Lobo swimmer competed for UNM from 2001-2006. In that span she was a four-time All-Mountain West selection placing as high as fourth in the 200-yard butterfly at the Mountain West Championships (2005 and 2006). She currently holds the sixth-fastest time in UNM history in the 100-yard butterfly.
"Aimee is not afraid to work hard and I am sure that will get us to the next level," Kono added. "She is highly recommended from some of the best coaches in the nation. I am very thrilled to work with her."
Dunavant is a native of El Paso, Texas where she graduated from Coronado High School.