Nick McAdam, Tangerine Clerk
In the summer of 2018, the Utica Pioneers women’s swim and dive team brought in alumuna Krysta Rehrig as an athletic assistant alongside head coach Erin Knight. The move meant that Rehrig would assist with recruitment, practice, and operations.
Rehrig was a two-sport athlete during her time at UC, competing in water polo and swimming. In water polo, Rehrig notched over 100 goals in her career and swam backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle for the Pioneer swim team.
Away from the pool, Rehrig holds credentials worth noting for her new position. Rehrig graduated from Utica College in the spring of 2018 with a degree in criminal justice and did extracurricular work as a lifeguard.
Knight explained that Rehrig’s qualifications as both a student and athlete make her a perfect fit for her position as assistant coach.
“Krysta has a unique understanding of the position from her tenure here as an undergrad,” Knight said. “As a lifeguard and member of both the swimming and water polo teams, she is familiar with the expectations of the position and the college as a whole.”
Rehrig noted that the transition from being in the pool swimming to on the sidelines coaching has been tough, but seeing her team-members grow each week is always a plus.
“The coaching experience, so far, has been a good one,” Rehrig said. “I have spent a lot of time with most of the team over the past couple of years, so it was easy for them to talk to me and for me to help them since we were all so close already. I love being around all my old teammates again and seeing them swim and improve.”
In addition to coaching, Rehrig is also continuing her education at UC by pursuing a master’s degree.
“I have been a part of the aquatics programs here for four years and knew how it worked and was friends with Erin and loved being a part of the team,” she said. “So when I was asked to apply for the position, it was a no-brainer since I was planning on continuing my education anyway.”
Given her experience and accomplishments over the course of her swimming career, Knight said that Rehrig is “a great motivator” for the team moving forward. Add in the fact that the head coach also believes in her ability to learn quickly and Rehrig could be an instrumental part of the team for the foreseeable future.
“Krysta is very easy to work with, smart, and is a quick learner,” Knight said. “She brings several years of experience as an athlete in two sports, as well her understanding of the college community. She is also a college record-holder and natural leader, so she rallies the troops quite well.”