Jeni Ritter, a proven assistant coach with Division I experience, enters her second year as Florida Tech’s men’s and women’s swimming coach and aquatics director.
Prior to landing in Melbourne, Ritter helped guide Saint Francis University to its second consecutive Northeast Conference Championship in 2011. For the Red Flash, she worked with all training groups and saw 18 out of 19 school records fall within the 2010-11 season. Outside the water, she monitored the academic progress of the team’s freshmen.
Ritter first gained recruiting experience at the college level during a two-year stint at Florida International University. Along with serving as the primary recruiter for the Golden Panther women, she focused on the team’s in and out of water conditioning and planned community service projects.
While working towards her first of two master’s degrees, she was a volunteer coach for the men’s team at The Ohio State University from 2007-08. Among the areas she focused on were on-deck and dry land training, team travel and coordinating camps and clinics for age-group swimmers.
In addition to assisting the Buckeye swimming program, Ritter helped open the Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park. As the assistant aquatics director, her duties ranged from hiring, training and scheduling staff to strengthening their customer service skills.
Ritter graduated with a bachelor’s in recreation/coaching and minor in sport administration from Ashland University in 2005. She earned her first master’s degree in sports and exercise studies from Ohio State in 2008. This past May, she received her second master’s in higher education administration from Florida International.
The Ohio native swam collegiately at Ashland. She was a five-time All-America honorable mention honoree and served as her team’s captain from 2003-04.
Ritter is certified through the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and the American Sport Education Program (ASEP). She also holds certification as a lifeguard and lifeguard instructor through the American Red Cross and is a certified personal trainer.