Staff
Head Coach
Bruce Zimmerman

Bruce Zimmerman is entering his fourth season as the first-ever SVSU Head Swimming and Diving Coach. This season marks the 4th season for the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, and the 3rd season for the Men.

Last season (2016-2017), the teams continued to advance under Zimmerman, at both at the conference and NCAA meets. The teams both finished 4th at the GLIAC Championship, with the women totaling 438 points and the men 354. Cumulatively, the teams notched 26 new program records, 79 personal best times, 24 NCAA “B” times and the program’s first ever GLIAC Champion. Five individual swimmers and four relay teams qualified to compete at the Division II NCAA Championship meet, where they raced to 25th place with 32 points (including one top 8 finish and 3 top 16 finishes). The season concluded with four athletes earning CSCAA Scholar All-America honors, one earning Scholar All-America Honorable Mention, and nineteen athletes were recognized by the GLIAC for academic excellence.

The 2015-2016 season was the first for the Men’s Swimming and Diving team, and together with the Women they saw a season record of 7 Wins, 2 Losses. The team advanced to the GLIAC Championships where the women finished an impressive 4th with a tally of 388.5 points, and the men 6th with 293.5 points. Zimmerman coached 3 swimmers to the NCAA Championship Meet, where two earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with their 15th and 13th place finishes. The third placed top 30 in the country in 3 events, and the team garnered 37th place at the end of the competition. In addition, the team received academic honors from both the GLIAC and the CSCAA for excellence in the classroom and in the pool.

The inaugural Lady Cardinals’ season was a success in 2014-2015, with a team of 3 divers and 9 swimmers. Zimmerman coached the team to a regular season record of 7 Wins, 3 Losses, and they finished off the season at the GLIAC Championship Meet with a total of 224 points, which was good for 8th place. One swimmer advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships, where she placed 20th in the nation in two events.

Zimmerman comes to Saginaw Valley from Division I College of Charleston, where he served in the capacity of Head Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Coach and Aquatic Director since September of 1999.

During his 14-year tenure at Charleston, the Cougars set and broke more than 186 men's and women's school records. Zimmerman led the program to five conference championships while at the helm. Once female and two male swimmers posted NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championship qualifying time standards under Zimmerman's direction, the first such feats in the program's history.

Academically, Zimmerman's programs ranked as some of the strongest of the 21 varsity athletic programs at the College of Charleston. During the past 14 years, his women's program posted a 100% graduation rate and the men's program achieved a 97% mark. Additionally, both teams maintained above a 3.0 collective team GPA over the same span.

Prior to his appointment at the College of Charleston, Zimmerman spent nine years as the Assistant Men's Swimming & Diving Coach at Indiana University, a program known for its supremacy in the realm of Swimming & Diving.

Assistant Coach
Annie Bengry

Annie Bengry joined the SVSU Swimming & Diving program as the Assistant Coach in July, 2018.

Bengry comes to Saginaw Valley from Saint Leo University, where she served as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams from 2015-2018. While earning her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Business, she helped assist in coaching multiple All-American student-athletes and guided several student athletes to national qualifying performances.

Prior to Saint Leo, Annie, a native of Marquette, MI, served as a volunteer coach for Northern Michigan University’s Women’s Swim Team while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Science.

A former collegiate swimmer and diver, Annie also trained for three years as an Olympic weightlifter at the US Olympic Training Site at Northern Michigan University. Annie has also served as a swim coach, lifeguard, swim instructor, and aquatics assistant at the YMCA of Marquette County and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. She brings her extensive training knowledge and aquatic experience to Coach Zimmerman in preparing for another season.

Assistant Coach
Joe Gucwa

Joseph Gucwa III will be in his second season as the Diving Coach for the Cardinals in the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Joe came to SVSU after competing as a student-athlete at Grand Valley State University, where he graduated in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Under Gucwa's guidance in 2018-19, diver Libby Caird qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championships and finished in 15th place in the 1-meter diving event with 385.45 points to earn All-American Honorable Mention honors.

Gucwa was an eight-time All-American while competing for the Lakers.