UMBC Director of Aquatics Programs Chad Cradock announced the hiring of Birkir Mar Jonsson as the new head senior gold coach for Retriever Aquatics.
A native of Iceland, "Birk" spent the 2018-19 season as part of the swimming and diving staff at TCU.
Previously, Jonsson spent six seasons at George Washington as an assistant coach and men's recruiting coordinator. While at GW, Jonsson worked with NCAA qualifiers Andrea Bolognesi (2016, 2017) and Gustav Hokfelt (2018). He coached Hokfelt into the top 100 world rankings in the 50m and 100m backstroke in 2017 and 2018. The Colonial men won the Atlantic 10 Championships in 2017 - a program first - and repeated in 2018.
"I would like to thank our search committee for all of their time and care into the process. We are so happy to have a coach with the skills of Birkir to join our program and we are looking forward into developing the next champions in swimming and life," Cradock said. .
"I am excited to join the Retriever Aquatic Club family and am honored and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great club," Jonsson said. "I would like to thank Chad and the rest of the search committee for the trust [they] put in me to help lead our motivated athletes reach their goals. I look forward to getting to work and to do my best to lead and inspire our great group of athletes and continue the success of our club."
Jonsson competed at Old Dominion University, where he graduated with a degree in communication in May of 2012.