Jon Howell, a former assistant coach at Clemson University and 11-time NCAA national champion, was named head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs at Emory University in the summer of 1998.
In 14 seasons at Emory, he has guided the Eagles to 27 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III men's and women's national championships and 28 conference team titles. In 2012, he led the Emory University women to their third-straight NCAA Division III Championship and fifth total under his tutelage, while the men finished third in the Nation. It marked the 13th-consecutive campaign that the men's program had finished fourth or better, while the women, in addition to their back-to-back national crowns in 2005 and 2006, now have a 12-year streak of finishing fourth or better at the National Championship.
Howell was honored as the national women's swimming Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2011. He and his assistants have been honored seven times as conference Coaching Staff of the Year, most recently in 2012. In addition, he coached Liz Horvat to the Division III Swimmer of the Year honors in 2009.
Since his arrival at Emory, the Eagles have recorded 23 individual and 12 relay national champions and an incredible 763 All-America certificates awarded to their swimmers. He has overseen 12 conference swimmers of the year, six conference divers of the year, 11 conference rookies of the year and had led both the men's and women's team to a UAA title in each of his 14 seasons with the team.
Howell was an assistant at Clemson, an NCAA Division I school, for two seasons in which the school claimed an Atlantic Coast Conference women's championship and attained 14 school record-setting performances.
Previously, Howell was the interim head coach at Kenyon College (Ohio) during the 1995-96 season in which his teams won the NCAA Division III national men's and women's championships. That season Kenyon won 14 national championships in individual or relay events, produced a Division III national record, established four new school records and swept the men's and women's conference titles.
Howell is a 1990 graduate of Kenyon, where he was 21-time All-American, primarily as a sprint freestyler. Among his 11 individual national championships are three consecutive in the 50-yard freestyle (1988-90), unmatched in NCAA Division III history in that event, and one in the 100-yard freestyle event (1990). Howell helped Kenyon to four national team championships and was twice voted the team's Most Valuable Performer. At the completion of his senior season, Howell was voted the school's Athlete of the Year.
His additional head coaching experience includes U.S. Swimming teams in Ohio and North Carolina. In the summer of 1995 Howell served as the United States' coach at the Hapoel Games in Israel.
Since coming to Emory prior to the 1999-2000 season, Cindy
Fontana has helped to lead the Eagles to unprecedented levels of
With Fontana as part of the coaching staff, the Emory Swimming and Diving men's and women's teams have finished no worse than seventh in the nation, including National Championships for the Women's team in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and 12-consecutive top-four finishes. The men's team has finished the season as one of the top-four teams in the nation in each of her 13 seasons (the Eagles had never finished better than sixth nationally before her arrival), including second-place finishes in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009. Emory has had 23 swimmers crowned National Champions and 12 national champion relay teams, and the Eagles have had a combined 755 All-America certificates awarded to their athletes since 2000.
Fontana has helped the Eagles become the premier swimming team in the University Athletic Association (UAA), leading the Eagles to 13-consecutive conference titles, and coaching 12 conference swimmers of the year, and 11 conference rookies of the year. She was honored as part of the conference Coaching Staff of the Year six times, most recently for the women's team in 2012.
Prior to her arrival at Emory in the fall of 1999, Fontana spent three years as head coach for women's swimming and diving at Southern Connecticut State University. During the 1995-96 season, Fontana was the assistant coach for Kenyon College, which won both men's and women's NCAA team titles.
Fontana is a 1992 graduate of Kenyon (Ohio) where she was team captain and an NCAA competitor in the distance freestyle events and the 400 IM. Fontana received her master's degree in exercise science from Southern Connecticut in 2004. She also has coached Hopkins Mariners in New Haven, Conn.
Chris Marshall, a former NCAA Division I swimmer, joined the Emory University varsity coaching staff in fall 2004. Previously, Marshall served at Emory for one year as the coach for the women's junior varsity team.
With Marshall on the coaching staff, the Emory women's team won National Championships in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012, while the men recorded second-place national finishes in 2005 and 2009, and third-place national finishes in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Neither team has finished worse than fourth nationally since he came to the school. He has helped the Eagles' swimmers to 19 individual and 12 relay National Championships, in addition to 483 All-America certificates.
Since joining the Eagles, Marshall has helped the team maintain its role as the dominant team in the University Athletic Association (UAA), winning the conference title in each of his eight seasons. He was part of the conference coaching staff of the year in 2007, 2011 and 2012, and has coached eight conference swimmers of the year and seven conference rookies of the year.
Marshall swam two years at NCAA Division I Lehigh (PA) before transferring to NCAA Division I Florida State University. He earned four varsity letters in high school at Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.
Since moving to Atlanta in 1997, Marshall has been involved with the Dynamo Masters swimming program. He began as a swimmer, but in 1999 became an assistant coach for Dynamo Masters.
Marshall graduated from Florida State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering. He later earned a Master's of Science degree in manufacturing engineering from FSU in 1997.
John Petroff joined the Emory University Swimming and Diving
Coaching Staff in the middle of the 2012-13 season, serving asan
assistant coach for the varsity squad.
Petroff returns to Emory after an accomplished career as an Eagle, swimming for the squad from 2007-10 and serving as a team captain his senior year. He is a nine-time All-American, including second-place finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships. Petroff also claimed five UAA Championships and seven all-UAA honors in conference competition over his four-year career.
Petroff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Emory in 2010.
Petroff has also worked as a salesperson for King of Pops Atlanta since May 2011, in addition to serving as the local sales manager for Mashburn Outdoor (2010-11) and an inside sales representative for Scoutmob (2011-12). While a member of the Emory Swimming and Diving Team, he also served as a swim instructor for the Emory Community Swim Team.
Alexandre Kossenkov, a former Olympic diver, joined the
Eagle staff as diving coach in the fall of 1998. Kossenkov brought
a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a two-time Olympian
and 11-time national diving champion for the former Soviet Union.
He won the bronze medal in springboard diving at the 1976 Olympic
Games in Montreal, Canada.
Kossenkov was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Diving Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2011. His divers have been honored as the UAA Diver of the Year six times, most recently Daniel Kolb during the 2011 campaign.
Kossenkov entered the coaching ranks with the Belarussian national team where he remained for six years. Kossenkov was the head coach of the Belarussian diving team for the 1996 Olympic Games. Kossenkov is also the head coach of the U.S. club diving team
Andy Diechert joined the Eagles as an assistant coach
prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. His duties will
consist of working primarily with Emory's sprinters and
In his first two seasons with the Eagles, Diechert helped the Emory Women to the National Championship in both 2011 and 2012, while the men finished third each season at the NCAA Division III Championship. He helped Emory's swimmers win National Championships in seven individual events and six relays, in addition to earning 145 all-America certificates. Emory also won the University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's and Women's Championships each year, as Diechert was named part of the conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to joining Emory's staff, Diechert worked as an assistant coach with the Race Club in Islamorada, Florida from 2003-08. He also served stints as an assistant coach for the University of Hawaii (1998-2003) and the University of Miami (1997-98).
Diechert graduated from Louisiana State University in 1991, where he was a four-time all-American in the 100-yard breaststroke and a two-time all-American in the 400-yard medley relay. He won the Southeastern Conference Championship in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1986, and his times in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breatstroke still rank sixth and eighth, respectively, in LSU history. Diechert was a silver medalist at the World University Games during his collegiate career.