In his first season of coaching both the Lords and Ladies programs, Jess Book was voted the 2013 NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year and the 2013 NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year. In doing so, he became the first Division III coach to earn both awards in the same season since the NCAA combined the men’s and women’s championship meets.
What Book accomplished in his initial season as the Lords coach was nothing short of spectacular. During the 2013 NCAA Championship run, he steered his squad from what was perceived to be an underdog role to wresting the title away from Denison University, the two-time defending champion. The NCAA team title was a first for Book, as a head coach, and was the record-setting 32nd for the Lords program. Book’s swimmers took two individual-event titles and three relay titles while posting a winning team tally of 499.5 points at the national meet. To date, the men's program has won the last three Division III national titles while setting numerous NCAA records at the championship meet.
On the women’s side, Book was hired as head coach of the Ladies beginning with the 2010-11 season. At the national level, he directed the Kenyon women to back-to-back fourth-place finishes in his first two seasons. In 2013, however, the Ladies took the NCAA by storm, setting over a dozen College records and claiming the runner-up spot in the team standings. Two Kenyon swimmers, a diver, and two relay teams claimed event titles during that 2013 championship meet. In 2014, the Ladies claimed their second straight runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.
At the end of the 2012-13 season, Book had three swimmers earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and two named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team. A total of 28 Kenyon male and female swimmers were named to CSCAA All-America teams.
During his own swimming days, Book, a 2001 Kenyon graduate, was a four-year member of championship-winning swim teams and was an All-America award-winner in the 1999-00 season. He captained the 2000-01 Lords squad and closed out his senior season with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and his third-straight spot on the CSCAA’s All-Academic Team.
After graduation, Book returned to campus and served as Jim Steen's assistant coach four times in a six-year span. As an assistant, he helped guide the Ladies to three national titles and the Lords to four. He also played a key role in the development of 20 NCAA individual-event champions and seven NCAA Division III record-setters.
Following up on that time with the Lords and Ladies, Book moved on to gain experience at the NCAA Division I level working as the assistant men's coach at The Ohio State University. During that stretch, the Buckeyes improved from fifth place to first place at Big Ten Championship meets and moved from twenty-first place to ninth place at NCAA Championship meets. Book, who earned bachelor’s degrees in English and biology, acquired his master’s degree in sports and exercise studies while at Ohio State.
Voted the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Diving Coach of the Year, Andy Scott heads into his fifth season as the head coach of both the Lords and Ladies diving programs.
In his first couple of seasons in Gambier, Scott worked diligently to build up the Kenyon programs. That work paid off in a huge way during the 2012-13 season, when he coached freshman Maria Zarka to a national title in three-meter competition and a third-place NCAA finish in one-meter competition.
Scott came to Kenyon after spending several seasons in San Antonio, Texas, establishing the diving program at the University of Incarnate Word, an NCAA Division II institution. While working there, he coached a total of three All-Americans and four NCAA national qualifiers. At the same time, Scott tackled duties as the head coach of the girls diving program at Incarnate Word High School, where he helped develop three state qualifiers in the school's first year of competition.
Prior to his three years in Texas, Scott gained extensive experience at Duke University and at Springfield College. He spent five seasons at NCAA Division I Duke, where he doubled the size of the program and coached four NCAA zone championship qualifiers. At Springfield, he coached two NCAA Division III All-Americans, including the 2002 NCAA Division III Female Diver of the Year.
Scott is a 2000 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He earned bachelor's degrees in education and biology and went on to collect his master's degree in physical education from Springfield.
During his competitive years, Scott was a four-year letterman at Ouachita Baptist. He was a one-meter and three-meter NAIA All-American diver in 1997. He was a two-time conference champion in 1999 and was named the Arkansas Male College Diver of the Year in both 1999 and 2000.
Fernando Rodriguez is starting his third year at Kenyon College as the senior assistant coach. Hired in the summer of 2014, Rodriguez returns to the site where he was a member of Kenyon teams that captured four straight NCAA Division III national championships.
A 2004 graduate of Kenyon, Rodriguez’s collegiate swimming career included two conference event titles, seven all-conference awards, and seven All-America certificates. He was also named a team co-captain his senior season.
His coaching timeline commenced immediately after graduation, as he was hired as an assistant coach at Wabash College, where he remained for one season. Following that, Rodriguez moved on to the University of Georgia, where he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology while serving as a graduate assistant with the physical education department, as well as the assistant coach for the senior group and masters team of the Athens Bulldog Swim Club.
In the summer of 2009, Rodriguez accepted a position as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the College of William & Mary, where he stayed for three seasons and guided his recruiting classes to break a combined total of 17 school records.
Rodriguez then moved on to Colgate University, again as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, for the back end of the 2012-13 season. After Colgate, he was hired as an assistant at the University of Richmond. He worked with the Spiders for one season and helped direct the women’s team to the 2014 Atlantic 10 championship title.
A native of Piracicaba in São Paulo, Brazil, Rodriguez also possesses extensive experience in coaching at four different camps, including six seasons with the Total Performance Swim Camp.
Entering his third season, Doug Lennox joined the Kenyon staff in the summer of 2014 as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s swimming teams. He joined the Lords and Ladies after spending the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at New York University.
Lennox, a 2009 graduate of Princeton University, possesses extensive experience in the pool. A four-year member of the Tigers program, he collected five All-America certificates, was a seven-time Ivy League award-winner, and set ten Princeton records. He helped lead the Tigers to three team conference championships and was named a team captain his senior season.
During his collegiate career, Lennox also swam in international waters, competing for Puerto Rico’s national team. He participated in the 2006 Central American Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the 2009 Rome World Championship. During that run, Lennox set national records in the 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter butterfly and the 200-meter freestyle. He also logged 23 national championship event titles.
Prior to coaching, Lennox joined the Teach for America program in 2010 and was stationed in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York, he earned a master’s degree in Education from Teacher University at Hunter College. In 2009, he began to volunteer his time with the New York Athletic Club and 2012 he was hired as an assistant coach at Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics.