Swimming & Diving
Following the resignation of long time coach Keith Kennedy, who is moving to southern California to take the position of Head Coach and CEO of San Clemente Aquatics, St. Francis de Sales High School has named Tony Kurth as Head Coach of the St. Francis swim program. Kurth will also serve as Head Coach for the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club.
A 1999 graduate of St. Francis, Kurth is returning to his alma mater. For the past nine years he has been working with Michigan’s Cranbrook-Kingswood High School’s swim program. For the last three years he served as head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming teams and assistant coach for six years prior to that.
Under his coaching and supervision in 2011 the school won its first MSAA state women’s swimming championship in the program’s history, earning Kurth the MHSAA Swim Coach of the Year Award for his division. Under his leadership Cranbrook’s program produced two All-Michigan record holders, 14 State Champions, 33 varsity records, four NISCA All-Americans, and 14 NISCA Academic All-Americans.
Kurth was the most highly recruited swimmer in the nation during his senior year at St. Francis. While at St. Francis he set several Ohio High School state championship records, as well as St. Francis school records, some of which he still holds, in addition to a National High School Record as a member of St Francis's 400 Free Relay.
He was recognized by the coaches’ association his senior year for “Outstanding Boy’s Performance at the State Meet.” In addition, he competed on the SFS Water Polo Team for four years which won the state championship each of those four years.
He was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Michigan and competed for Olympic Coach Jon Urbancek. He set a UM record while competing there, was selected for the USA National Junior Team and swam for the USA at the 1999 Pan-American Games. He has been a successful coach and swim clinic coordinator at the University of Michigan and at Cranbrook-Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills.
“It is a great opportunity for me to come back to St. Francis and give back to a program that was very instrumental in launching my successful swimming career,” Kurth stated. “St. Francis has a rich tradition and historical success that I am pleased to be part of. The St. Francis swimmers will have a face in me that has been where they are, gone through the same trials and tribulations of training and swimming required for St. Francis.”