Both Bring Strong Credentials To Program
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Toni Pullman, a four-year letterwinner at Brown with four years of club swimming coaching experience, and Kevin Norman, a UNC-Wilmington graduate and a former volunteer assistant coach at Yale, have joined the Yale swimming coaching staff. Pullman will be an assistant coach for the women’s team, while Norman will serve as an assistant coach for the men’s team.
Pullman started as an Age Group Coach in 2005 with the Bay and Ocean State Squids (Boston, MA), where she honed her skills under the direction of Joshua Stern and Timothy Murphy. In 2008, she was named Head Age Group Coach, and in addition to her coaching responsibilities, managed the administrative and season-planning aspects of the program and its junior coaching staff. During her tenure at SQUID, she guided numerous swimmers to New England championship titles, helped the team to three top-five finishes at the New England Age Group Championships and was responsible for the development of numerous National and Junior National qualifiers. In addition to her coaching, Pullman worked as the Curatorial Planning & Project Manager for the Art of the Americas department at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 2004-2010.
A middle-distance freestyle swimmer at Brown, Pullman brings extensive collegiate racing experience in the Ivy League to Yale. She was the swimming team’s representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was selected as a Meiklejohn Peer Leadership advisor for incoming freshmen. Pullman graduated in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in the History of Art & Architecture, and hails from Shrewsbury, Mass.
“I’m excited to have Toni joining our coaching staff,” said Cristina Teuscher, Yale’s Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women’s Swimming and Diving. “Her background in coaching and personal experience in the Ivy League will bring a different perspective to our program. Toni has tremendous integrity and solid values which are essential to a strong coaching staff. In addition, she’s a very down-to-earth woman whose energy is contagious.”
Norman comes to Yale from the University of the South, where he was an assistant coach last year, helping both the men’s and women’s teams to top-four finishes at the SCAC Championships. The Tigers finished the year with 14 All-Conference performances and an NCAA Division III All-American. In addition, Norman led the team’s strength and conditioning program and worked with all swimmers, particularly focusing on the distance group. In 2008-09, he was a volunteer assistant at Yale, while also serving as an assistant coach for the Omni Swim Club. In his season at Yale, Norman coached the Bulldogs at the ECAC Championships where they finished eighth with just 10 swimmers.
Norman is a 2006 graduate of North Carolina-Wilmington where he served as captain of the swimming team and helped the Seahawks to four consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championships. He earned the Seahawk Award as a senior for his leadership skills before spending another year in Wilmington as a strength and conditioning intern and student-assistant coach. Following graduation, he earned his M.S. in exercise science-human performance at Southern Connecticut in 2009.
“I am excited to have Kevin join me at Yale in a formal capacity,” said Tim Wise, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Men’s Swimming and Diving. “Kevin and I have known each other for 10 years, beginning when he swam for me during his high school years. We have worked closely together over the last few years in a club capacity. He brings a familiarity to Yale having volunteered during the 2008-09 season and knows many of the swimmers on the team already. I am looking forward to us continuing to work together.”