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Matthew Jabs

Matthew Jabs

Head Coach

2/10/21 Matthew Jabs returns to ECU as the Head Coach for Women’s Swimming & Diving, previously Jabs served as Men’s & Women’s Head Coach (2017-20), winning the 2020 American Athletic Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championship where he and his staff were honored with the league's Coach-of-the-Year award. Both programs were discontinued after the 2020 season. The women’s team was reinstated in the spring of 2021. Under his guidance, ECU’s dual meet record was a combined 35-18 (M 16-9, W 19-9). In that time the Pirates set 66 school records, (38 varsity/28 freshman), won 26 American Athletic Conference championship events, with 50 all-conference athletes accumulating 78 all-conference performances. ECU set multiple championship records during those three seasons and hit numerous NCAA “B” qualifying standards, with four athletes getting invites to NCAA’s (1x2019, 3x2020) Overall, more than 100 ECU All-Time Top 10 Performances have been achieved during his tenure as Head Coach. Serving 17 years as an assistant coach under ECU Hall of Fame coach Rick Kobe, Jabs began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant initially before becoming a graduate assistant in 2001. After completing his master's degree in 2003, he was promoted to a full-time assistant coach and spent the next nine seasons as a full-time assistant with the Pirates, including eight as the program's lead assistant before being elevated to associate head coach in 2013. During that time the Pirates captured three men's American Athletic Conference titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017, while the women won a pair of league championships in 2001 (ECAC) and 2003 (Conference USA). As an assistant at ECU Jabs coached multiple NCAA Championship qualifiers and individual conference champions. The athletes he mentored as an assistant posted 196 ECU All Time Top-10 career performances and accounted for 35 records. His swimmers also received ECU’s Most Outstanding Swimmer Award seven times and its Most Improved Swimmer Award eight times. As a member of the coaching staff in 2013-14, Jabs helped the women’s squad post the only undefeated regular season by an ECU female athletic program in school history. Neither the men’s nor women’s teams have finished below .500 during Jabs’ tenure. As an athlete, Jabs was a four-year letterman at ECU (96-00). Primarily a sprinter, Jabs was a multiple time CAA Championship finalist, served as team captain his senior year and was awarded ECU's Most Outstanding Swimmer Award twice (1999, 2000). At the end of his career he was ranked among the school's all-time top-10 in the 50, 100, and 200-yard freestyle. With his most notable accomplishment coming in his final meet as a Pirate, where he posted the then-fastest 100-yard freestyle time in school history, a record that had previously stood for over 20 years. A native of Vernon, Conn., Jabs graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in recreation and leisure studies, and earned his master's in athletic and physical education administration two years later. Jabs is married to Jaclyn a ECU graduate and former athletic trainer, they have two son’s Evan 12, and Jackson 9.
Ryan McIntire

Ryan McIntire

Diving Coach

May 2021 - East Carolina head coach Matthew Jabs announced on Wednesday that Ryan McIntire has been named the Pirates' new diving coach. McIntire comes to ECU after a four-year stint as the head diving coach at Florida Atlantic University. "We had a long list of very talented applicants, however Ryan stood out as the perfect fit for our program," Jabs said. "I believe our divers are going to connect with him right away, and recruits will be attracted to his personality, knowledge, attention to detail and work ethic. I am really excited to have him with us as we move forward with the program." During his four years at FAU, McIntire coached multiple conference medalists and NCAA Zone qualifiers, as well as having at least one diver reach the A-final at the conference championships in each event every year. Under McIntire's tutelage, FAU's Logan Downey was named 2020 and 2021 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Diver-of-the-Year, finishing first in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events this past season. Downey captured first-place on the 1-meter board in 2019 and 2020 as well. This past season, Selina Staudenherz earned Conference USA Freshman Diver-of-the-Year accolades with McIntire's guidance. He was selected as the 2021 CCSA Diving Coach-of-the-Year. As a student-athlete at FAU, McIntire was named the CCSA Male Diver-of-the-Year and reached the final at the NCAA Zone Championships during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. As a senior and captain of the team, McIntire earned the CCSA Most Outstanding Male Diver of the Championship title after claiming the 1-meter (398.35) and 3-meter events (414.55), breaking his own school records in both. The Neptune Beach, Fla. native also gained coaching experience working with athletes at Boca Raton High School where he guided one diver to the state championship for the first time in school history; the school has had divers represented in the state championship every year since. As a coach, he also mentored a diver who won the USA Diving National Championship, as well as mentored multiple AAU national champions. McIntire graduated from FAU with a bachelor's degree in history in May 2017.
Riley Hilbrandt

Riley Hilbrandt

Assistant Coach, Women's Swimming

May 2021 - Riley Hilbrandt has been named an assistant women's swimming coach at East Carolina University announced head coach Matthew Jabs on Thursday. A former Division I athlete with experience in college coaching, she previously coached at Clarion University and The College of Wooster. "I am very pleased to add Riley to our staff, and confident we got the right person for the job," Jabs said. "I believe her experience as an athlete, and coach will be of great value to our team. What really stood out during the interview process was her outgoing personality and a commitment to forming connections with the student-athletes, not just as swimmers but as people. That will be very important for our program in recruiting and development of the team." Hilbrandt joins Ryan McIntire, who was recently named the Pirates' diving coach, as the newest members of the coaching staff since the program was reinstated earlier this year. "I am very excited about adding Riley and Ryan to our staff and can't wait to work alongside each of them as we return our program to the level it belongs," Jabs said. Hilbrandt spent the past two seasons (2019-21) as assistant coach for the men's and women's teams at Clarion University. She coached multiple Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champions and medalists, as well as help develop all student-athletes. She also assisted with technique development, wrote dryland and swimming workouts, recruiting, social media promotion as well as serving as an academic advisor. Hilbrandt previously spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at Wooster College. The men's and women's teams at Wooster each finished in the top half of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). She aided in the development of Cameron Gelwicks, who competed at the NCAA Division III Championships in the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle. Hilbrandt's other duties included preparing dryland workouts, perfecting athletes' technical skills and recruiting. Before going to Wooster, Hilbrandt spent a year as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, University of Nevada, Reno. While working with the Wolf Pack, she conducted video review with athletes and helped them improve their technical stroke skills. She was also in charge of travel arrangements for the team's competition schedule. As a student-athlete at Nevada from 2013-17, Hilbrandt was one of the best breaststroke swimmers in school history. She graduated with the eighth-best 100 Breaststroke time in program lore (1:02.06) and had three of the top 10 times in the 200 Breaststroke. In 2016 Hilbrandt helped lead the Pack to an undefeated 10-0 record, the first Mountain West championship in program history, and a top 25 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) ranking. That same year she earned her first of two All-Mountain West team honors when she finished fifth in the 200 Breaststroke. Hilbrandt capped her senior campaign in 2017 by recording four of Nevada's top five times in the 200 Breaststroke, two individual victories and seven other top-three finishes. While in college, she did an internship with the athletic training department, conducting research on best practices for stretching, flexibility and mobility, as well as nutrition and pre-race preparation. Hilbrandt graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 2017 with a degree in public health.