FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Swimming and Diving head coach Neal Studd has announced the hiring of April Woo as assistant swimming coach on Thursday, May 24. Woo comes to FGCU with three years’ experience as a Division I assistant.
“I am delighted for April to join our staff,” said Studd. “She really stood out in the interview process and impressed everyone including the staff, administration and the team. Both April and I felt that we will be a phenomenal partnership that can move the program forward. I am really looking forward to working with her and can't wait for her to get down here. It is a very busy summer here between camps, Olympic Trials and getting ready for the Olympic Games so she will be hitting the ground running. April came very highly rated and respected from everyone we talked to, her enthusiasm and hardworking attitude is second to none. Having done a great job recruiting and coaching at Cleveland State, they were reluctant to lose her. April will be instrumental to the future success of our program as we continue to find creative ways of improving an already strong squad.”
Woo just completed her third season as an assistant for the men’s and women’s swimming teams at Cleveland State. As the sprint coach, her primary responsibilities were focusing on dry-land and weight training portions of the sport, as well as assisting with day-to-day aspects of the CSU program. Upon completing her swimming career at the University of the Pacific in 2009, Woo was named as an assistant coach under head coach Wally Morton's staff. She then became driven to transfer her enthusiasm and passion for dry-land and weight training to the Cleveland State swimmers.
Woo also was the Ohio Master’s swim coach for three seasons in Cleveland, Ohio. Her responsibilities included creating workouts for beginners, triathletes and competitive adult swimmer’s, while holding stroke clinics to teach adults stroke technique.
During her first season, the Viking men tied a school record with 14 wins in a season, and the women were able to break the previous record of 10 set during the 1982-83 campaign with a 14-win season of their own. Woo's background in Division I swimming was evident as she assisted the men's team to a second place finish in the Horizon League Championship along with a fifth place finish for the women.
Woo was previously an instructor at Tiger Aquatics in Stockton, California, where she planned and conducted swimming workouts for people of all ages and abilities. She spent time teaching biomechanics and water safety procedures at the Pacific Swim School (also in Stockton) and the Iolani Swim School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
During her career at Pacific, Woo swam sprints in all four strokes for the Tigers. Her swimming career was capped off during her junior season, when she set personal bests in all of her strokes. She finished with an eighth place ranking in the Pacific record books in the 100 breaststroke. In 2008, she was part of the top-10 all-time 400 freestyle relay.
Woo graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
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