Christopher Culp, who owns 17 years of coaching at a variety of levels, has been named the head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach at UW-Oshkosh.
Culp’s diverse background includes the tutoring of swimmers and divers from novice to elite and age group to collegiate. He has trained under two Olympic coaches, Sherm Chavoor and Mike Hastings.
"I’m excited to be a part of the UW-Oshkosh community and look forward to contributing to the success of the Titans,” Culp said. “UW-Oshkosh swimming and diving has the foundation to be a successful program, and I can’t wait to build on that foundation and create a program that the university can be proud of.”
Culp comes to UW-Oshkosh from Concordia University Irvine (Calif.), where he served the 2014-15 season as a graduate assistant coach while finishing work on a Master of Arts Degree in Coaching and Athletics Administration.
At Concordia University Irvine, Culp assisted with the organization of all swimming & diving practices, meets, recruiting and fund raising. This past season the Eagles finished fourth in both the men’s and women’s standings at the National Association of the Intercollegiate Athletics Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Prior to his one season at Concordia University Irvine, Culp coached the boys and girls swimming & diving teams at Burlingame High School (Calif.) from 2005-14. He joined the Burlingame Aquatic Club in 2004 and served as the organization’s head swimming & diving coach until his departure for Concordia University Irvine.
Culp earned his first coaching position at San Francisco State University (Calif.) in 1997. He served three years as the school’s assistant swimming & diving coach before being named head coach in 2000. Culp coached the Gators until the school dropped its swimming & diving program in 2004.
Culp received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University in 1999. The Sacramento, Calif., native swam one year for the Gators and established school records in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Culp helped San Francisco State University finish 13th at the 1997 NCAA Division II Championship by placing 10th in the 100-yard butterfly, 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke.
“We’re extremely pleased to have someone with Chris’s credentials join our swimming and diving program,” said UW-Oshkosh Director of Athletics Darryl Sims. “Chris has been dedicated to the sport for over two decades and has earned this opportunity to coach our male and female student-athletes.”
Culp, who has been involved with numerous community service projects, is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association and the National Interscholastic Swim Coach Association.
Culp, and his wife, Ellen, have one son, Neil (two months).
Coaching 10 WIAC Outstanding Diver winners in nine years (2004-12), Amy (Krysiak) McQuillan has established UW-Oshkosh as the premier diving program in the league. McQuillan became the men’s and women’s diving coach during the 2003-04 season.
McQuillan has guided three men to nine WIAC Outstanding Diver awards and one woman to two WIAC Outstanding Diver honors.
McQuillan was named the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Diving Coach of the Year after helping Phil Devine to the national title in the 3-meter event and a third-place finish at 1-meter. Devine ended his career with two national crowns, seven All-America results and eight WIAC titles.
During 2004, McQuillan received the National Women’s Diving Coach of the Year award. She trained Rachel Heitkamp, who won the NCAA title at both 1 and 3 meters.
McQuillan also guided Jacob Chadderdon to second-place national finishes on the 3-meter board in 2008 and 2009. Chris Hansman posted another All-America showing at 3 meters during 2004.
At the conference level, McQuillan coached both the men’s and women’s Outstanding Diver during 2004. She tutored Chadderdon to the honor from 2006-08, before Devine dominated the field from 2009-12. Overall, McQuillan’s divers have captured 15 individual championships at the league meet.
McQuillan, a Neenah High School graduate, earned four letters on UW-La Crosse’s swimming and diving team from 1995-98. She earned her bachelor’s degree in community health education.
Andrew Lum has joined the UW-Oshkosh athletics staff as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant.
Lum, a former four-year member of the Willamette University (Ore.) men’s swimming team, will also assist UW-Oshkosh’s efforts in hosting NCAA Division III championships in the sports of women’s volleyball (2016) and baseball (2017).
Lum has been involved in swimming since the age of 6. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native specialized in the butterfly events while competing at Willamette University. Last year, he finished 12th in the 200-meter butterfly race at the Northwest Conference (NWC) Championship. In 2013, Lum was named the Bearcats’ Rookie of the Year.
“UW-Oshkosh swimming & diving is excited to welcome Andrew to the coaching staff,” second-year UW-Oshkosh head coach Chris Culp said. “I am thrilled to have Andrew on deck to help assist our team in reaching the next level. I believe that his experience will have an immediate impact on our men’s and women’s teams.”
During his collegiate career, Lum was named president of the student-athlete advisory committee for both Willamette University and the NWC. The three-time national scholar-athlete also interned at Willamette University’s Office of Admission and served as captain of the men’s swimming team from 2014-16.
Lum earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science from Willamette University in 2016.
The NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant is designed to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts and to retain ethnic minorities and women within Division III athletics administrative and coaching staffs. In addition to the benefit gained by participating institutions, interns receive funding for professional development, memberships to professional organizations, and other enhancement initiatives.