Max Obermiller
Max Obermiller
Title: Head Swimming & Diving Coach
Phone: (931) 598-1546
Year: 25th

Office Phone: 931/598-1546


MAX OBERMILLER is in his 25th year as swimming and diving coach at the University of the South.

Under Obermiller's leadership Sewanee boast one of the top all-around programs in the SAA. A season ago, the Tigers had 12 All-SAA selections. That included conference champions Charles Boclair III and Caty Hueske.

Outside the pool, former Tiger Brian Glatt earned the University's 31st NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Glatt was a three-time Southern Athletic Association (SAA) champion while earning 15 all-conference honors. A talented swimmer, Glatt posted three NCAA "B" Cut times while setting new school records in the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

Additionally, Glatt was part of the 200, 400, and 800 school-record setting freestyle relay teams.

Outside the pool, Glatt was a four-time All-SAA Academic performer and a multiple CSCAA Scholar Academic First-Team All-American.

Under Obermiller, Sewanee has now had six NCAA Postgraduate Scholars. That includes three (Glatt, Sara Neil, Phillip Link) since 2013.

In 2011-12, Sewanee led the league with four All-Americans and 14 All-SCAC swimmers. Individually, Glatt (200 freestyle), Day (200 breaststroke), Astrid Escobar (100 and 200 breaststroke), and Abigail Nebb (1-meter dive) all broke previous school records. In addition to those accomplishments, Day broke the SCAC 200 breaststroke record with a time of 2:03.20. Finally, Link, Marcus Rochelle, Jaime de la Fuente, and Glatt broke the 200-medley relay school record with a time of 1:35:07.

Overall, during his Sewanee tenure, his teams have set all 62 school swimming and diving records. That includes 14 records since 2013.

In 1999 Sewanee set records for wins (women, 14; men, 12) and won the 1999 SCAC women's title. 

In addition, Obermiller's teams have been academic All-America for 42 consecutive semesters.

Highest National Finish: At the 2000 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship, the Sewanee men's and women's teams recorded their highest finish ever. The men finished 24th in the nation, led by All-American diver Jon Morris' second place finish in the 3m diving and third in the 1m diving.

The women placed 34th and boasted their first ever All-American in JH Chapman (6th in the 200 freestyle).

Obermiller has coached five athletes who have won nine SCAC Athletes of the Year Awards.

* JH Chapman - three-time Female Swimmer of the Year recipient (1999-2000-2001)

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

* Keith Salazar - 2000 Male Swimmer of the Year.

* Jon Morris - 1999 Male Diver of the Year

* Mackenzie Johnson - 1999 Female Diver of the Year

Obermiller was voted the 1999 SCAC Women's Coach of the Year.

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.