Lobo Swimming Coach Tracy Ljone Resigns

May 8, 2012

Albuquerque, N.M. --- Tracy Ljone, who completed seventh season as the head women's swimming coach at the University of New Mexico, has announced she is resigning her position.

Ljone has been involved with the university since 2002, when she joined the UNM as an assistant strength coach. She then joined Bill Spahn's on the swimming staff as the top assistant for the 2004-05 season before being named head coach the following season.

"It saddens me to leave my team but I would like to say thank you to all of the amazing ladies I have had the privilege to coach here over the past eight years," said Ljone. "They will always be a part of my life and I wish them all the very best as they become successful women in this world."

Over her seven seasons, UNM did turn in several solid individual performances, with UNM breaking 25 school records. Also, 12 members of her team named First Team All-MW and 13 were named second Team All-MW.

During her tenure as head coach, Ljone's teams were the model for academic achievement in the Mountain West Conference. In 2010 Ljone had 12 members of the UNM swimming team receive MWC Scholar-Athlete honors, more than any other school in the conference. Her teams have been awarded Scholar All-American honors by the College Swim Coaches Association of America every semester she's been at the helm. The highest recognition came in the spring of 2009 when the team had the ninth highest GPA in the nation (3.45). The team has also had back-to-back seasons of 500+ hours of community service done. Last season the UNM swim team clocked 800 hours.

Ljone's teams never finished higher than sixth place at the Mountain West swimming and diving championships, with the team finishing in sixth place this past season. Ljone's overall record was 31-53-1, and 6-39 in the Mountain West.

"We appreciate Tracy's time at UNM," said Associate Athletic Director Kurt Esser. "We wish her well in her future endeavors."