UNIVERSITY CENTER -- Saginaw Valley State University Director of Athletics John Decker has announced the hiring of Jason Lintjer as the new head coach of the Cardinal Swimming & Diving programs. Lintjer comes to SVSU from Alma College, where he was the head coach of the Scots' men's and women's programs for the past three seasons. Lintjer will begin his duties at SVSU on Friday, May 1.
"We are very pleased to welcome Jason to our SVSU Athletics team and look forward to working with a person who has enjoyed success at every stage of his career," said Decker. "As a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach, Jason has improved each program that he has touched. He is a great recruiter and motivator who will fit in very well with our program. We look forward to bringing even greater excitement and excellence to our Gerstacker complex, which is one of the finest natatoriums in the Midwest."
During his time at Alma, Lintjer headed a rebuilding effort that began with increasing the team's roster with the recruitment of 44 student-athletes over the past three years, doubling the overall size of the roster to where is stood this year at 30. Under his tutelage, there were eight individual and one relay school record broken for the Scots. Included in that was freshman Nate Sutton's three records broken, leading him to earn Alma Rookie of the Year honors. Lintjer led major efforts that improved team equipment, alumni relations and fundraising as well, serving as the department's corporate sponsorship representative as well. Aside from that, Jason served as the Co-Chair of the United Way - Alma College campaign.
"I would like to thank John Decker, Angela Pohl and the entire search committee for providing me with this opportunity," said Lintjer. "Everyone has been so welcoming and I'm excited to be part of the SVSU family. SVSU continually provides student-athletes with amazing resources. This program has tremendous potential and I'm eager to get started!"
Prior to Alma, Lintjer served as the assistant coach for the Kalamazoo College swimming and diving program in 2016-17, where he was also the program's recruiting coordinator. At the same time, Lintjer served as the aquatics director at Spring Lake Country Club in Spring Lake, Mich., a position he has held since 2014.
Lintjer began his coaching career in 2012 at Spring Lake (Mich.) High School, where he was the head swimming and diving coach until 2016. Under his guidance, Spring Lake won three Coastal Conference championships, and he was named Coach of the Year three times. The Lakers also set six school records and four pool records and earned academic all-state recognition while Lintjer was at the helm.
Collegiately, Lintjer was a four-year member of the Michigan State University swim team, competing for the Spartans from 2008-2012. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in his final three seasons and was a member of State's 200 medley relay team that broke the school record.
* - Photo courtesy of Alma College Athletics