Max Obermiller
Max Obermiller
Title: Head Swimming and Diving Coach
Phone: (931) 598-1546

Office Phone: 598-1546


Since arriving at the University of the South, legendary coach Max Obermiller has built and maintained one of the most successful programs in all of NCAA Division III swimming and diving.

During his Sewanee tenure, Obermiller has guided his swimmers to new school records in every event.

In the past two seasons, Sewanee has set 20 school and conference records, placed 29 swimmers on the all-conference teams, and had six All-Americans.

Back in 1999, the Tigers won the SCAC women's title while breaking the program's wins total with 14 victories.

Outside the pool, Obermiller's teams have been academic All-America for 39 consecutive semesters.

A native of Grinnell, Iowa, Obermiller earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Beloit College (Wisc.) in 1979. He earned his master's in exercise and sports science from East Carolina in 1989.

Obermiller lives in Sewanee, Tenn. and has three children.

Notable Acheivements

46 school records

19 pool records

Since 1997, 16 All-Americans

Highest National Finish: At the 2000 (men -24th) (women - 34th)

1999 SCAC Women's Coach of the Year

* Phillip Link - SAA Male Athlete of the Year (2012-13)

* JH Chapman - SCAC Female Swimmer of the Year (1999-2000-2001)

* Lizzi Land - SCAC Female Swimmer of the Year (2002-2003-2004)

* Keith Salazar - 2000 SCAC Male Swimmer of the Year

* Jon Morris - 1999 SCAC Male Diver of the Year

* Mackenzie Johnson - 1999 SCAC Female Diver of the Year