Denver, CO , July 5th, 2011
Claire Maust has been named an assistant coach to the University of Denver swimming and diving coaching staff, head coach Brian Schrader announced today. In announcing the hire, the Pioneers have become a pioneer of sorts in becoming one of the few programs to have two women's swimming coaches on their staff.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Claire come on board here at Denver,” Schrader said. “She brings so much to the table as a young coach with the experiences she has an athlete, and having her graduate degree in nutrition is something I know our athletes can use as a resource. Claire’s successes as a leader and an athlete came directly from hard work and a great attitude, and the accolades she garnered as a team captain at Georgia and on USA National Team are pretty special.”
Prior to coming to Denver, Maust was a research coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia.
Maust has also been involved with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club as a masters swim coach since January of 2009, while also serving as a private swim and nutrition coach.
She received her bachelor’s in dietetics in May of 2008 and her master of science in Foods and Nutrition in August of 2010, both from the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Maust swam for the Bulldogs as an undergraduate.
Maust was a five-time All-American and a four-time Academic All-American while with the Bulldogs. Was a member of the SEC Good Works Team for community service involvement in 2005 and 2006. Was a member of the NCAA Championship team in 2005, an NCAA Champion in the 800 Freestyle Relay in 2006, a member of the SEC Championship team in 2006 and an SEC Champion in the 500 Freestyle in 2007.
“I know she is going to have an impact on everyone in our program and I can’t wait for her to get back to Denver, and to Colorado,” Schrader said. “I think one of the things that is going to make Claire a great coach is that she never took success or what it takes to be successful for granted. She brought her ‘A-Game’ to practice every day and understood what it was going to take to be a great NCAA Division I athlete. I think that attitude will make her a great coach as well.”
In 2007, she earned the Jack Bauerle Scholarship, the Peach of an Athlete Role Model Award, the SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship, the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and was a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year. She received the 2007 Georgia Swimming & Diving Hardest Worker award and the 2007 Georgia Swimming & Diving Lisa Coole award for her efforts on the team.
Maust also served as a co-captain of the Bulldog’s swimming and diving team in 2007 as well as the co-captain of Team USA at the World University Games in 2007.
During her graduate work with the University of Georgia, Maust served as a graduate teaching assistant from August 2008-May 2010 in the Department of Foods and Nutrition. Maust also worked in the Bone & Body Composition Research Laboratory, the Institute for Leadership Advancement and the Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association.
Born in Atlanta, Ga., Maust moved to Denver, Colo., in 1992 and stayed for five years before moving back to Georgia in 1998. During her time in Denver, she swam year-round with the Colorado Rapids Swim team under head coach Tom Whatley. She qualified for the Colorado All-Star team and Far Westerns as an age-grouper in Colo.