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Dane Pedersen
Position: Associate Head Coach
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Phone: 540.568.3948

E-mail: pedersdc@jmu.edu


Dane Pedersen joined the JMU women’s swimming and diving program as an assistant coach in July of 2007. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2012-13 season.


“I am honored to receive this promotion,” Pedersen said. “JMU is an amazing place and has been the perfect environment to learn and grow in my coaching career. I want to thank Mr. Bourne, Mrs. Phillips and all the administration for this acknowledgement. I also want to thank Sam and Becky who I work alongside every day. We have built a special program together, and I have learned so much from both of them. Lastly, I want to thank Sam for this recommendation. I have learned from her leadership, guidance and mentoring. I look forward to the things to come with JMU swimming and diving!”


Pedersen was integral in helping JMU win the program's sixth Colonial Athletic Association Championship in 2012. The Dukes dominated the nine-team event, finishing with 771 points, 146 more than their nearest competitor. Madison swimmers set 15 school records, including two CAA marks, and won eight total events in the four-day meet. 


In his first season in the purple and gold, Pedersen helped the Dukes turnaround from one win the previous season to an 8-4 record in dual meets and a seventh-place finish in the CAA meet.  JMU broke nine school records, including eight in swimming events.


The 2008-09 campaign saw more success with another 8-4 mark and a fifth-place showing in the CAA championship meet.  Fourteen school records fell, including 12 in the pool and all five relay races.

JMU continued its climb in Pedersen's third season.  The Dukes achieved a third-place finish in the CAA meet and went 7-2 in dual meets.  Eight school records fell and JMU claimed nine All-CAA honors at the league meet.  JMU also posted a pair of NCAA B qualifying marks at the CAA meet.  One came in the 200 medley relay, the first relay NCAA cut in program history.  The other came from freshman Andrea Criscuolo, who was also named the CAA Rookie Swimmer of the Year and a Mid-Major All-American.

Pedersen assisted JMU in reaching new heights in 2010-11 as they went 10-4 in dual meets and finished second at the CAA Championships. JMU broke nine individual school swimming records during the year and also set new marks in four of the five relays. Four Dukes were named Mid-Major All-America honorable mentions and junior Eva Hannesdottir was the CAA champion in the 100-yard freestyle.

Academically, the Dukes have received NCAA APR recognition for performing in the top 10% of all Division I programs during each of Pedersen's two seasons in Harrisonburg.


Pedersen competed four years for the University of Missouri of the Big XII Conference from 1999 to 2003.  In his first two seasons, he set school records in the 1,000- and 1,650-meter freestyles.  His marks currently rank third all-time in both events.  Pedersen was named Big XII All-Conference in three of his four seasons and was a four-year member of the All-Academic squad.


After his collegiate career, Pedersen remained in Columbia as a graduate assistant for the Tigers swimming program from 2004 to 2007.  Both the men’s and women’s programs were ranked in the top 25 during his tenure.  In his first season, three school records fell.  By his third season in 2006-07, 26 school records were broken.  In addition, three athletes reached the NCAA cuts in year one, whereas 19 made the cut in his third season.  Pedersen worked primarily with the distance and middle-distance swimmers while also assisting in all areas of recruiting.


Pedersen is looking forward to the next stop in his coaching career.  “I think JMU is a wonderful, challenging school in a great town in Harrisonburg.  I feel like this school and program are the complete package for potential and current student athletes.  I knew this was the place I wanted to coach as soon as I arrived.” 


Originally from Brandon, Mississippi, Pedersen graduated from the University of Missouri in 2004 with bachelors degrees in English and communications.  He went on to receive his masters from UM in English education in 2007.