Wilkerson is Seventh Signee for @HerdSwimming
Junior to Transfer from Rider
Team's Six Straight Semester With All-Academic Award
Honor is Her Second Consecutive Selection
C-USA Championships Resume Saturday at 6 p.m.
Bill Tramel enters his second season at the helm of the Marshall Swimming and Diving Program.
Tramel comes to the Thundering Herd after spending the eight years with the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's and women's swimming and diving squads. He spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach of the Gophers.
During his time at Minnesota, Tramel led the men to conference titles in 2005 and 2007, while posting 11th place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2007, the Gophers earned a 10th place finish.
During his final season at UM, Tramel led the women's team to a Big Ten title, his only year coaching the ladies. In total, he has been a part of 10 conference championships (3 Big Ten, 7 ACC)
Tramel has become one of the nation's top distance coaches in country as he had at least one swimmer invited to the NCAA Championships in the 1650-yard freestyle in every season since 1998. He also coached 54 All-American selections during his career. Additionally, Tramel was the primary coach of Alex Wold who was named to the U.S. National Team in 2009.
The University of Missouri grad's coaching resume includes stints at Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Missouri. In his combined time coaching, Tramel has placed a swimmer in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships 18 times. Combined, his teams have won 10 conference championships.
At UNC, Tramel coached more than 40 All-America honorees and over 35 NCAA individual qualifiers. He directly coached 15 Atlantic Coast Conference individual champions, four ACC Championship meet record holders and 12 athletes to UNC school record performances. Tramel assisted in the coaching of Jessica Perruquet, who won the 200-yard freestyle at the 2003 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. He also coached Sean Quinn, who placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Before his stint at UNC, Tramel spent a year as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia. While at Georgia, the St. Louis, Mo., native worked alongside three-time U.S. Olympic coach Jack Bauerle. He helped lead the Bulldogs' women's team to a nine-spot improvement at the NCAA level -- from 15th place in 1994 to sixth place in 1995 as well as to the NCAA women's championship in the 200-yard freestyle relay that year. Tramel also acted as recruiting coordinator and helped lay the foundation of three straight national champion Bulldog teams. Tramel's recruiting class won Georgia's first national title when they were seniors.
He also served for two years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of South Carolina's men's swimming program from 1992-94. During Tramel's stay, the Gamecocks moved from a 37th-place finish at the NCAA meet to 19th place.
Prior to his work at South Carolina, Tramel spent two years as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's swimming programs at his alma mater, University of Missouri. He had been a member of the Tiger swimming team and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer economics in 1992.
His early coaching duties were also as an assistant age group coach at the Sugar Creek Swim Club in St. Louis, Mo, in 1988. A year later, he was the assistant age group coach for the St. Louis Aquajets.