Andy Kershaw begins his 10th year (2012-13) working with the SMU men's swimming team, and second as associate head coach. Kershaw came to the Hilltop after serving as the assistant swim coach for Ohio University from 1999-2003.
During his time at SMU Kershaw has helped the Mustangs maintain their national presence coaching 41 NCAA All-Americans and helping the Ponies finish in the top 25 in the country 5 times, including a 14th place finish in 2008. At the conference level Andy has been a part of 9 conference championships and has helped swimmers set 47 conference records. The Mustangs have also had 6 Conference Swimmers of the Year during his tenure.
Andy is also a force on the global stage. He was the Head Manager for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Team this past summer. He has also served in that role for the 2011 World Championships, the 2010 Pan Pacific Games and the 2009 Duel in the Pool.
Kershaw has had an impact in the classroom as well. He has assisted in guiding two swimmers to GTE-CoSida Academic All-America honors and 35 NCAA Academic All-Americans. The focus on academics has continued on the Hilltop, as SMU has earned an NCAA Academic All-American team award all ten years.
In 2012, Andy was named NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year, Honorable Mention by collegeswimming.com.
Kershaw's coaching career began as a student assistant for the men's and women's team at Ohio and continued in that role until 1998 when he became the graduate assistant for the 1998-1999 seasons. In 1999 he was hired as the head assistant coach for both programs, a role he served until 2003. As the assistant, he was primarily responsible for the distance group and oversaw the organization of the recruiting efforts. During his four years as the assistant, Kershaw helped lead the women's team to back-to-back Mid-American Team Championships while guiding two Ohio swimmers to NCAA All-American performances.
Aside from serving as the Mustang Associate Head Coach, Kershaw is also the recruiting coordinator for the program and is the director of the Mustang Swim Camp. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Kershaw earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio University. Kershaw resides in Dallas with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Emma.