Liz Iliff is in her fifth season as an assistant coach with the West Virginia swimming and diving program.
The 2015-16 season was monumental for the Mountaineers in and out of the pool. Four members of the men’s team qualified to compete at the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. WVU graduate Bryce Bohman, seniors Andrew Marsh
, Max Spencer
and junior Nate Carr
raced in a total of nine events at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
For the first time in program history, a Mountaineer set a new Big 12 Championship record as senior Andrew Marsh set the mark in the 100 backstroke with a 45.41 as he took home the gold medal at the championship meet. Marsh also set a WVU school record in the 100 butterfly, with a prelim time of 46.59 to advance him to the A final. Eighteen Mountaineers earned medals at the four-day championship with eight All-Big 12 First Team performances and 12 All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
Iliff helped coach the Mountaineer men to a second-place finish at the 2016 Big 12 Championship, posting their best finish at the conference championship since joining the Big 12 and the women’s squad to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship.
Academically, junior Nathan Howells was named the 2015-16 Big 12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the third Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the men and the fourth overall for the WVU swimming and diving program. Howells also was named to the 2016 Academic All-District At-Large Team. Twenty four members of the team were named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Team. Additionally, the women’s team earned Scholar All-America Team honors by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) during the year for receiving a 3.27 grade point average and in the spring for earning a 3.34 GPA.
In 2014-15, Iliff helped coach the WVU men’s squad to a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference and the women to a fourth-place showing in the conference. A total of 20 Mountaineers earned All-Big 12 honors for their exceptional performances at the 2015 Big 12 Championship.
The Mountaineers continued to excel in the classroom again in the 2014-15 season. In total, 26 swimmers and divers earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, and nine earned Scholar All-America accolades by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Additionally, four Mountaineers were named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
In 2013-14, Iliff saw the WVU women record a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships and the men place third overall. Schoborg coached four women to second-place results at the Big 12 Championships and helped Bryce Bohman to Big 12 Swimmer of the Year honors.
In 2012-13, the inaugural season in the Big 12, Iliff helped the women to a second-place showing and the men a third-place finish at the 2013 Big 12 Championships. Rachael Burnett was named the Big 12’s Most Outstanding Swimmer, finishing first in the 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free.
Burnett also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, while Mandie Nugent became the first female swimmer in WVU history to be named a First Team All-American with a seventh-place finish in the 200 fly. Christopher Brill led the men with a second-place and third-place finishes in the 200 breast and 100 breast, respectively, at the Big 12 Championships. Ross Glegg added a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 free and 200 free.
Eighteen Mountaineers were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team, and David Palley and Jenelle Zee were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 2 At-Large Teams. Liam McLaughlin was named the inaugural Big 12 Swimming and Diving Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Iliff came to WVU in August 2012 after spending two successful seasons at New Mexico State as an assistant.
She helped the Aggies to 20 school records and 17 NCAA provisional times, while Aliena Schmidtke was named the WAC Freshman of the Year following the 2011-12 campaign, and became the second Aggie in school history to swim at the NCAA Championships. During the 2010-11 season, Tricia Kiss was named the WAC Freshman of the Year, a first in program history.
Prior to New Mexico State, Iliff was an assistant coach at Xavier for the 2009-10 season, while also serving as a senior assistant coach for the Cincinnati Aquatic Club from 2008-10.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Iliff was a team captain as a sprint free and fly specialist at Missouri. She is a former school record holder in the 100 fly and was a part of several Tiger relay records.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Missouri in 2007. Iliff and her husband, Luke, reside in Morgantown.