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Heidi Voigt

Heidi Voigt

Head Coach

Heidi Voigt enters her tenth season as head coach of the Northern Michigan University swimming and diving program in 2020-21. The 2019-20 season finished with Voigt earning her third GLIAC Coach of the Year award after leading the women's program to their first GLIAC Championship since 2002. The team finished with 12 dual meet victories, including two over Division I University of South Dakota, while also winning the Calvin College Invitational. The men's team continued their run of success in the 800-meter Freestyle Relay, winning the GLIAC Championship for the fifth-straight time, winning the race every year since the restart of the men's program. She also helped the team to a total of 16 All-American honors. In 2018-19, she guided the Wildcat Swim & Dive program to another successful season. The men's team finished the dual season undefeated while winning the Calvin Invite for the first time. Her efforts saw the men's team finish second at the GLIAC Championships. The women's side finished with just one loss in dual meets, losing to Bowling Green State University along with a second place finish at the Calvin Invite and third in the GLIACs. She also helped the Wildcats earn 11 All-American honors and 18 Honorary All-American honors. The 2017-18 season saw both teams combine for 17 All-Americans and 12 Honorary All-Americans at the NCAA Championships. At the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, teams tallied a total of 69 All-Conference honors while winning 15 races. Rachel Helm was named the GLIAC's Women's Swimmer of the Year while Grantas Dapkus was selected as the GLIAC's Co-Male Swimmer of the Year. Voigt was named the GLIAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the second time in three seaons. During the 2016-17 campaign, Voigt's teams were consistently ranked in the national top 10. Six Wildcats and one relay team combined to win 13 gold medals at the GLIAC Championships, helping both teams finish third. Lajos Budai was named GLIAC Swimmer and Freshman of the Year while Rachel Helm earned Freshman of the Year honors, with both winning four individual events. Eight Wildcat swimmers and two divers qualified for the NCAA Championships, with four going on to capture a combined seven All-American awards. Helm became Northern Michigan's first NCAA Champion since 1998, winning the 100-yard backstroke. The Wildcats also received nine GLIAC Athlete of the Week awards and two National Swimmer of the Week nods. In 2015-16, Voigt helped reinstate the men's team. Both squads finished third at the GLIAC Championships, with 13 women and nine men earning all-GLIAC accolades. Voigt was named the GLIAC Men's Coach of the Year while Molly Kearney was tabbed as the Diver of the Year. Northern Michigan qualified nine athletes for the NCAA Championships, and three went on to earn All-American accolades. Voigt was also voted to the CSCAA Board as the NCAA Division II men's representative. In 2014-15, Voigt helped guide three swimmers and a diver to the NCAA Championships where Molly Kearney and Debbi Lawrence would earn All-American accolades. Kearney would earn her All-American honors in both the one and three-meter dive, while Lawrence earned All-American status in the 100-freestyle, 100-butterfly, 100-backstroke and 50-freestyle. The Wildcats also finished in the top 20 as a team placing 17th out of 39. NMU placed third at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship for the third consecutive season. In her first season (2010-11), Voigt and the Wildcats finished seventh at the GLIAC Championship. Diver Kelli Vander Baan qualified for Nationals and finished 11th in the three-meter and 13th in the one-meter. Voigt spent two seasons (2008-10) as an assistant coach at New Mexico State working with the distance freestyle group, arranging team travel and handling administration duties. During the 2009-10 sea son she helped direct the Aggies to a program-best second place showing at the Western Athletic Conference Championships with 494 points. The distance freestyle crew made an impact for NM State at the meet with five Aggies placing in the top 12 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. In the classroom NM State ranked ninth nationally on the CSCAA Division I Team Scholar All-America Fall 2009 list. Voigt joined the Aggies after five seasons at Wyoming (2003-08). She spent her first two years at Wyoming as the graduate assistant with the men’s and women’s programs and the last three as the assistant coach. Voigt produced 25 men and 30 women to all-lea gue honors during her time as a graduate assistant. Prior to her stint at Wyoming she was a high school and age group coach in Seattle and Montana. Voigt was named the age group coach of the year for the state of Montana in 2002. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1996, with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, where she was a team captain. While swimming for the Huskies, Voigt was voted the Most Inspirational Swimmer for three consecutive years. Voigt later went on to earn a master’s degree in health and kinesiology from Wyoming in 2005.
Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Associate Head Coach

Matt Williams enters his seventh season with the Northern Michigan Swim & Dive program in 2020-21. In April, 2020, he was named the Associate Head Coach. In addition to coaching the Wildcat Sprint group, he handles the majority of recruiting duties. The Wildcat women currently have a 2-year streak winning the 50-yard freestyle at the GLIAC championships and a 5-year streak topping the podium in the 100 freestyle. Men's sprinter Lajos Budai has captured the men's 100 freestyle at the GLIAC meet 4 consecutive years and 100 backstroke in 3 of the last 4 season. During his tenure with the squad, the Wildcats have accumulated a total of 89 All-American honors while sending a multitude of athletes to the NCAA Championships. He has helped the program collect six GLIAC Swimmers of the Year awards. In the 2019-2020 season Williams helped lead 16 Wildcats to All-American honors and the women's team to their first GLIAC championship since 2002. In 2018-19, the Wildcat men finished the dual season undefeated while winning the Calvin Invite for the first time. They finished second at the GLIAC Championships for the second consecutive year. The women's side finished with just one loss in dual meets, losing to Bowling Green State University along with a second place finish at the Calvin Invite and third in the GLIACS. That year's team earned 11 All-American honors and 18 Honorary All-American honors. The 2017-18 season saw both teams combine for 17 All-Americans and 12 Honorary All-Americans at the NCAA Championships. At the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, teams tallied a total of 69 All-Conference honors while winning 15 races. Before he joined the Wildcat staff, Williams was the Director of Competitive Swimming and Aquatics at the Marquette County YMCA for six years. While there, he created programs to train athletes ranging from YMCA national champion qualifiers to beginners. Williams was also the head swim coach in the Marquette Area Public Schools district from 1995-2001 and 2002-2007. Williams guided the woman's team to seven-straight state championships and a cumulative win-loss record of 120-10-1. The Redettes went undefeated for six-straight seasons. On the men's side, he guided Marquette to nine state championships, three undefeated seasons and a cumulative record of 119-12. He was named the U.P. Swim Coach of the Year in 1998, 2004 and 2007.
Connor Dorff

Connor Dorff

Diving Coach

Connor Dorff enters his fourth season with the NMU Swim and Dive program as the team's Diving Coach. In his first season, he helped guide four divers to the NCAA Championshps, including the first two male divers to attend the NCAA Championships since 1980. Charlie Pavlak and Jamie Kimble finished the year with Honorable All American honors. Angela Probstfeld ended up breaking six of the eight school records. His guidance continued the team's diving success in 2018-19 as three divers qualifed as finalists at the GLIAC Championshps while four divers qualified for the NCAA Championship meet which saw them return with five Honorable All American distinction. Mary Grossman finished 10th in the 1 and 3 meter boards to finish as the top freshman in the country. His third season saw five divers qualify for the NCAA's. Freshman Mandy Baird earned All-American recognition with a fifth-place finish on the 3 meter board to highlight the meet cut short due to COVID-19. Micah Currie also earned an Honorable All American honor on the 1 meter. At te GLIACs, Grossman placd second on the 3 meter while Baird placed fourth on both boards. Before coming to NMU Dorff spent two seasons at NCAA Division III St. Lawrence, where he helped divers qualify for the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 1987. During his time at St. Lawrence, his squad enjoyed one All-American and three honorable mention All-American performances. Among his other responsibilities, Dorff oversaw the athlete development plans and dry-land and strength training programs. He also coordinated diver recruiting and managed St. Lawrence’s intramural programs. Dorff spent his collegiate career at Division III Denison, which he helped lead to NCAA national titles in 2011 and 2012. He served as team captain in 2014-2015 and qualified for the national championship meet all four years. An Academic All-American, he became the first diver in the North Coast Athletic Conference to perform a forward four-and-one-half somersault from the 3-meter diving board during the 2015 conference championships. He was an NCAC finalist all four years and also competed for the USA Elite Diving Team. A native of Amber, Pa., Dorff graduated from Denison in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and cultural anthropology. In 2016, he earned his master's degree in education from St. Lawrence.