Peggy Ewald is in her 14th season as head coach of the Ohio Northern men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs.
She also serves as assistant facility manager and as a lecturer at ONU. Ewald is the first full-time swimming and diving coach in ONU history.
In her first 13 seasons at the helm, Ewald guided the men’s team to Ohio Athletic Conference Championships titles in 12 of those years and the women’s team to seven OAC titles.
The Polar Bear men have won 10 OAC Regular Season Championships and have had 16 OAC Swimmers of the Year, 91 OAC Individual titles, 46 OAC relay titles, 13 NCAA All-Americans and 29 Academic All-OAC honorees and were named a Scholar All-America Team for the 2015-16 season.
The ONU women have won 10 OAC Regular Season crowns as well as seven OAC Championship titles, have had five OAC Swimmers of the Year, 71 OAC Individual titles, 38 OAC relay titles, eight Scholar All-Americans, five Scholar All-American Teams and 64 Academic All-OAC honorees.
She was named the OAC Men’s Coach of the Year in ‘16, ’12, ’11, ’10, ’09, ’08 and ’05 and the OAC Women’s Coach of the Year in ’12, ’11, ’09, ’07 and ’06.
Her squads have set 155 school records during her tenure.
Ewald was also an assistant coach at ONU in 2003-04.
She arrived at ONU with impressive coaching credentials.
Ewald is a Level 4 ASCA certified swimming coach, a level 5 ASCA certified disabled swimming coach and has 21 years of coaching experience working with novice to National Champions. She was one of the Level III (of III levels) coaches on the travel list with the US Paralympic Team.
She was the head coach for the US Paralympic team for the 2007 Para Pan Am Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; was the head coach for the 2009 Youth ParaPanAm Games in Bogota, Columbia; was the Team Leader for the 2011 ParaPan Am Games Team in Guadalajara, Mexico; served as an assistant coach for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, was an Assistant Team Leader for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England and was an assistant coach for sport science at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
She was also with Team USA as Sports Science Specialist for 2013 World championships in Montreal, Canada, 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif. and the 2015 World Championships in Glasglow, Scotland.
She served with the non-profit group Dare2Tri out of Chicago, IL for the Annual Paratriathlete Training Camps. Ewald served as the open water swimming coach, 2014 and 2015 for these Training Camps on the Road to Rio in 2016.
Ewald was head coach of Tiffin Columbian H.S. from 1997-2004, was head coach of Tiffin Calvert H.S. from 2001-’04 where she coached six Ohio High School State placers.
She also served as an assistant coach at the University of Findlay from 1997-99. She coached with the Tiffin YMCA swim team and for many years took athletes to the YMCA National level.
Ewald was also the founder of the USA Swimming club team Seneca Aquatic Klub team, where she has coached Senior National, US Open and two current members of the US Paralympian Team.
She also coached with the USA Swimming FAST age-group swim team in Findlay for five years.
The Tiffin, Ohio, native also worked as the Dean of Academic Affairs at AEC-Southern Ohio College in Findlay from 2001-04 and owned and directed the Ohio Institute of Electrology in Tiffin from 1982-2001.
She received her B.A. degree in business administration with honors from Tiffin University in 1989 and earned a M.A. in education from Heidelberg College in 1996.
Ewald, a resident of Tiffin, Ohio is married to Dan Ewald and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Swimming & Diving under Ewald
|16-17||5-4||.556||2-2 / 3rd||.500||2nd|
|2015-16||8-2||.800||5-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2014-15||7-2||.778||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2013-14||8-2||.800||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2012-13||10-2||.833||5-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2011-12||12-1||.923||5-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2010-11||9-3||.750||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2009-10||10-1||.909||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2008-09||9-5||.643||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2007-08||5-4||.556||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2006-07||5-5||.500||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2005-06||7-3||.700||3-1 / 2nd||.750||Champions|
|2004-05||5-7||.417||3-1 / 2nd||.750||Champions|
|2016-17||4-6||.400||2-2 / 3rd||.500||3rd|
|2015-16||5-6||.455||4-1 / Co-Champs||.800||3rd|
|2014-15||3-7||.300||3-1 / 2nd||.750||2nd|
|2013-14||6-5||.545||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2012-13||7-6||.538||4-1 / Tri-Champs||.800||Champions|
|2011-12||11-3||.786||5-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2010-11||9-4||.692||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2009-10||6-5||.545||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2008-09||8-7||.533||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2007-08||7-4||.636||4-0 / Champs||1.000||2nd|
|2006-07||6-6||.500||4-0 / Champs||1.000||Champions|
|2005-06||3-8||.273||3-1 / Co-Champs||.750||3rd|
|2004-05||5-4||.556||2-2 / 3rd||.500||3rd|
Helaina Sacco is in her third season as an assistant coach for the Ohio Northern University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.
She comes to Ohio Northern from the University of Mary Washington (Va.) where she spent the 2014-2015 season as the assistant men’s and women’s swim coach.
At Mary Washington, she helped coach the women’s team to their 25th consecutive conference title and the men to their 15th consecutive conference championship. Sacco worked with all members of the team and helped to run many administrative aspects of both programs.
Prior to her stint at Mary Washington, Sacco spent a year as an academic support intern for the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
At UAB she provided academic counseling, support services and monitored the academic progress of the women’s tennis, women’s soccer, and men’s tennis teams.
Sacco swam for four years for the University of Maine, where she graduated with honors in 2012 with a BA in Sociology. In 2013 she earned her MS degree in the Sociology of Sport from Loughborough University in England.
Madeline Bell is in her second year as the dive coach for the Ohio Northern University men’s and women’s swimming and diving program.
Bell was a member of the Univeristy of Findlay dive team from 2009-2013 where she qualified for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships all four years.
She graduated from Findlay in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Bell is currently working on obtaining her Master’s in Education from Findlay.
She has coached the Delhi Swim Club summer league diving team in Cincinnati since 2010. She spent the 2015-16 season as the dive coach at Findlay High School.
Bell resides in Findlay and is employed at Riverdale Elementary School where she is the Title 1 Reading Teacher.