Peggy Ewald
Peggy Ewald
Title: Head Swimming & Diving Coach
Phone: 419-772-3132
Email: p-ewald@onu.edu

Peggy Ewald is in her 14th season as head coach of the Ohio Northern men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. Ewald was also an assistant coach at ONU in 2003-04 prior to becoming head coach in 2004.

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, 94 OAC Individual titles, 45 OAC relay titles, 13 NCAA All-Americans and 33 Academic All-OAC honorees and were named a Scholar All-America Team for three seasons.

The ONU women have won 10 OAC Regular Season crowns, have had five OAC Swimmers of the Year, 72 OAC Individual titles, 38 OAC relay titles, eight Scholar All-Americans, six 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 is a ASCA Level 4 certified swimming coach in three areas including Age Group, NCAA and Disability swimming and has 25 years of coaching experience working with novice to National Champions.

She is 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 ParaPan Am 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., the 2015 World Championships in Glasglow, Scotland, and in 2016 she was an assistant coach for a World Series Meet in Sheffield, England, and in Indianapolis.

She will be part of the staff for the World Championships this fall in Mexico City.

She served with the non-profit group Dare2Tri out of Chicago, Ill., for the Annual Paratriathlete Training Camps. Ewald served as an open water swimming coach in 2014, 2016 and 2016.

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.

Swimming & Diving under Ewald

Men's Results 
Year Record Pct. OAC Pct. OAC Championships
2016-17 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
13-Year Totals 100-41 .709 51-4 .927  
Women's Results
  Record Pct. OAC Pct. OAC Championships
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
13-Year Totals 80-71 .530 47-8 .855  
Helaina Sacco
Helaina Sacco
Title: Assistant Swimming Coach
Phone: 419-772-2726
Email: h-sacco@onu.edu

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.