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Kristy Castillo
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Akron
Graduating Year: 2003
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 765.285.5173
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Kristy Castillo Bio
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 07/19/2012

Kristy Castillo enters into her second season as the head coach of the women’s swimming and diving team after a successful first year at the helm of the program.

In the 2012-13 season, the Cardinals accumulated an 8-2 dual record, including going 2-2 in MAC meets. Ball State won four individual medals at the MAC Championship, including three golds. The 400 medley relay also took home a gold medal after setting a school record. Bridgette Ruehl became the third woman in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships, competing in the 100 and 200 breast. Diver Madie Zirzow also qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving meet.

Castillo promoted success not only in the pool, but in the classroom during her first season as head coach. The team was named a 2013 CSCAA Scholar All-America team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The team finished with a 3.45 GPA. Seniors Mallory Miles, Haley Richter and Emily Wisolek earned the distinction of being named to the Honorable Mention All-America list. In addition, Miles, Richter, Wisolek and Ruehl were named to the Academic All-MAC Team.

Castillo came to Ball State after serving as an assistant swim coach at Akron Univeristy from 2003-2012. In addition to her coaching at Akron, Castillo served as an assistant lecturer at Akron from 2008-12. She also served as a coach and camp counselor at the Stanford Swim Camp in the summers of 2006-2009.

2003 graduate of Akron, Castillo began her coaching career as the head swim coach at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn, Ohio, in the summers of 2003-04. She earned her master’s degree from Akron in 2006.

As a student-athlete for the Zips, the North Canton, Ohio, native served as team captain for Akron in 2001 and 2002 and was as four-year letterwinner. She set school records in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and as a member of four relay teams in her career. She still owns some of the school’s top times in several events.