J. Agnew
J.  Agnew

Last College:
Ball State '96

Assistant Coach


11th Year


Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


Tucker Wins 100m Free National Championship at U.S. Open

Rising senior breaks Purdue's LCM record with the first sub 50-second time.


Nine Boilers to Represent Purdue at Six-Team SMU Classic

Conway joins Friede, Kiel & Petric as Boilers to make SMU travel squad as freshmen.


Purdue Hosts Michigan State For Senior Salute

Selected members of the men's program also traveling to Dallas for the Classic @ SMU.


Purdue Hosts Michigan State For Senior Salute

Selected members of the men's program also traveling to Dallas for the Classic @ SMU.


Purdue Hosts Indiana Intercollegiates

Purdue Swimming & Diving hosts the 2012 Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.


2011 Black & Gold Intrasquad

Purdue opens its new season with the Black & Gold Intrasquad

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J Agnew completed his 10th year as Purdue men's swimming and diving assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2016-17 school year.

Agnew's tenure on deck has been one of the most successful stretches in Purdue history. In 2009, 2010 and 2015, the Boilermakers tied their highest Big Ten finish by placing fourth. The 2009 and 2010 teams posted Purdue's first set of consecutive fourth-place finishes since 1947-51. At the NCAA Championships, the Boilermakers' 13th-place finishes in 2009, 2010 and 2017 matched the program's best national showing in the modern era.

During Agnew's tenure, Boilermakers have broken a school record 33 times and taken down a freshman record 23 times.

Agnew also has shown to be more than capable of finding top talent and bringing the best swimmers from around the country to West Lafayette. His recruiting classes to date -- which include swimmers from more than a dozen different states, Canada, Croatia, Russia, Spain, Slovenia and Poland -- have been responsible for a USA Swimming national title at the U.S. Open, more than 75 scoring finishes at the Big Ten Championships, 17 freshman records, 15 school records and one U.S. Open Water 5K crown. The 2010 class was ranked 10th in the country by CollegeSwimming.com. The 2014 class was tabbed 12th nationally by SwimSwam.com.

The Purdue men were represented by 10 swimmers at 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Marat Amaltdinov is a two-time Big Ten champion in the 200 breaststroke, becoming the first Purdue swimmer to repeat in an event since 2003 to 2005. He went on to qualify for the championship final of the event at the 2017 NCAA Championships, becoming Purdue first full-fledged swimming All-American since 2006. A year earlier he would have been seeded third at the NCAA Championships but opted to forgo his spot in order to train for the Russian Olympic Trials.

Kiki Komlenic and Jake Thomas teamed up to eclipse the 100 and 200 backstroke records at the 2017 Big Ten Championships. Thomas broke the 200 record that had stood since 2005. New records were also established in the 400 medley and 800 free relays.

Six swimmers qualified for both the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Championships. Guillermo Blanco and Lyam Dias both qualified for three individual events as seniors in 2015. Amaltdinov became Purdue's first freshman swimmer to qualify via an individual event since 2006.

In recent seasons numerous Boilers have earned berths at the NCAA Championships three years in a row, including Matt Friede and Danny Tucker in 2014. Along with establishing new records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Dias became the program's first individual All-American in a swimming event since 2010. After winning the 200 breast at the 2015 Big Ten Championships to become Purdue's first conference champ since 2009, Dias again earned All-America accolades at NCAAs.

At the 2014 Classic @ SMU, Blanco broke a Purdue record in the 400 IM that had stood since 2007. He was named the MVP of that prestigious meet and went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Blanco graduated as the program record holder in the 200 IM as well.

In 2013, the Boilers' 200 freestyle relay team garnered Honorable Mention All-America recognition for the second year in a row by qualifying for the consolation final at NCAAs. While taking third in the consolation final, the 200 free relay team of Chuck Destro, Friede, Tucker and Benjamin Ziolkowski -- all Agnew recruits -- placed 11th nationally. Friede, Tucker and Ziolkowski were part of the quartet for the second year in a row.

Tucker also competed individually at NCAAs after finishing as the runner up in the 50 and 100 free at Big Tens. He was named Second Team All-Big Ten and broke the program record in the 100 free twice at Big Tens, finishing the finals race in 42.84. His 50 free time of 19.35 was just one hundredth of a second shy of the program record.

Tucker went on to win the 100m free at the 2013 U.S. Open in Southern California.

The record-setting 200 freestyle relay team that earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition and five other new program benchmarks highlighted the 2011-12 season for Purdue. Ben Wachtel, Friede, Tucker and Ziolkowski teamed up to post a time of 1:17.71 in a one-chance time trial opportunity at the Big Ten Championships, eclipsing the school record and earning a berth at NCAAs. At the national championship meet, the quartet placed 13th in preliminaries to earn Honorable Mention All-America acclaim.

Ten swimmers also represented the program at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha.

The 2009-10 season in the pool was highlighted by Sam Wilcher. The senior capped his career by breaking the Purdue 200 butterfly record, which he had held since his sophomore season, twice at the NCAA Championships. Wilcher eventually lowered the record to 1:43.82 and finished 11th for honorable-mention All-America status. Wilcher also broke the record at the Big Ten Championships, where he finished third and completed a career sweep of scoring in both the 100 and 200 butterfly at all four conference championship meets.

The 2008-09 season saw Andrew Langenfeld's 19.34 clocking in the 50 freestyle that gave him the Big Ten title, the Doris Z. Holloway Pool record and made him the fastest swimmer in conference history (record since broken). Langenfeld helped lead Purdue to a fourth-place finish that earned Purdue head coach Dan Ross his third Big Ten Coach of the Year honor.

In addition to championship success, the Boilermakers also have excelled in dual meets throughout the season. In Agnew's 10 seasons at Purdue, the team is 63-33 in dual meets.

Before accepting the job at Purdue, Agnew was a successful coach with Yorktown High School and the Yorktown Swim Club. He brought the Yorktown H.S. swimming program to unprecedented heights during his seven-year tenure, coaching eight individual state champions and 22 high school All-Americans. In his final season with the Tigers, Agnew produced seven swimmers who are continuing on to compete for NCAA Division I schools.

The Yorktown boys and girls squads combined for 10 top-10 state finishes under Agnew's watch, including a runner-up showing by his girls' team in 2006. Agnew was named Indiana High School Girls Swimming Coach of the Year following the 2003-04 season after leading the team to a fourth-place finish.

Agnew graduated from Ball State University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education. He is married to the former Kelly McKinley. The couple lives in West Lafayette and has two daughters, Haley and Neely.


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