Nick Lakin took over the helm of UNI swimming and diving August 2017.
Lakin has served as the head coach and program director for the Black Hawk Area Swim Team since 2003. He has designed and implemented competitive swimming progressions for more than 200 athletes aged 5-22 annually. He has developed and maintained working relationships with area high school coaches, local organizations and donors. Lakin has developed more than 50 athletes who have competed at the collegiate level.
He also has gained experience in recruiting and communication while in his role with the Black Hawk Area Swim Team. He has designed recruiting and marketing plans for new athletes along with retention reports to track the progress of his team. Lakin has developed booster and sponsor programs that have increased alumni and community involvement. Lakin also has overseen a club communication program that has increased knowledge and support with athletes and families.
Lakin has served on the Iowa Swim Coaches Association Board of Directors since 2004 and has been the president since 2014. He also was the vice president for the ISCA from 2006-2014. Lakin has been honored as the Iowa Senior Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He and his staff have been named the Age Group Staff of the Year in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising at Marist College in 2002. Lakin was a 10-time conference champion and was a four-time conference all-academic selection as a swimming student-athlete. He captained the men’s team to a top-10 mid-major ranking and two conference titles.
He and his wife, Jen, have two children Trey and Maddax.