Aug. 31, 2016
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving program is pleased to announce the addition of assistant coach Alice McCall to the staff.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to work with Lara and Greg in building this program over the next few years," said McCall. "I'm looking forward to bringing fresh ideas to the table and adding to the experience that the student athletes here at Florida Atlantic University receive. FAU's athletic department has a great reputation in both athletics and academics, in which I am extremely honored to be a part of."
"We are very excited that Alice McCall is joining the Florida Atlantic swimming and diving team for the 2016-17 season as our new assistant swimming coach," said head coach Lara Preacco. ""Alice brings Division I swimming and coaching experience to FAU, as well as a new passion and energy to continue our journey in developing a program which will win a conference title in the near future."
McCall joins the FAU swim program from the University of Toledo, where she was the assistant swimming coach for two years. During her time there, she was responsible for leading the mid-distance and distance groups, resulting in 95 percent of the squad swimming personal best times. This was achieved by developing, documenting and communicating the season plans for both squads, and supporting each swimmer on an individual basis to help them reach their goals. She was also the recruiting coordinator for the 2015-16 season, recruiting at both the national and international level and closing out the year with a program-impacting recruiting class.
Prior to that, she started her U.S. career in Dallas, Texas, where she was a standout distance swimmer at Southern Methodist University for four years. She was a consistent scorer and medal-earner for the Mustangs, and was named a team captain in her senior season. Alice was a member of the C-USA championship-winning 800 freestyle relay team as a junior, and in her first year with the program, she earned third-place honors in the 200 free, runner-up honors in the 500 free and won the C-USA Conference Title in the 1,650.
In addition to great athletic results, McCall also earned Scholar Baller Honors, for showing progression in academics over the course of her four years at SMU. After graduation, she began working with the Mustang Swim Camp, where she assisted the head coaches in teaching proper swimming stroke technique and race tactics to campers aged 9-17 years old.
A native of Wigan, Great Britain, McCall was a senior swimmer and international representative for her hometown squad. She was a nationally-ranked junior, having first represented Great Britain as a 16 year old. She was also a member of the Great Britain Open Water squad in a number of international competitions including the FINA World Cup series, European Cup series and European Junior Championships, gaining numerous Top 5 and Top 10 finishes, and was a 2007 World Championships qualifier.