Eddie Lovell joined the LSU swimming and diving staff at the beginning of August after serving as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech for the past two seasons.
Lovell, a native of Miami, Fla., will focus his coaching duties on sprint races and recruiting, areas he has excelled in as member of the Hokie staff. Lovell qualified two swimmers for the Olympic Trials and his expertise was evident when in two years, the Hokies shattered 70 percent of the school’s records.
A proven athlete himself, Lovell earned All-America honors three times in several sprint events at Hawaii between 1998 and 2001. While at Hawaii, he swam under the direction of former LSU head coach Sam Freas, just as current LSU head coach Adam Schmitt did.
Lovell, 26, began his athletic career at Westminster High School in Fort Lauderdale. There he became an All-American in swimming and was a member of the water polo team.
Upon completing high school in 1997, he competed one year at the University of Miami during the 1997-98 season. He left Miami for Hawaii and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2002. Lovell would go on to earn his masters degree in education during the summer of 2004, while serving as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech.
The Eddie Lovell File
Born: Oct. 24, 1978 in Miami, Fla.
High School: Westminster Academy; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1997
College: Hawaii, 2002; B.S. in Communications
Virginia Tech, 2004; M.S. in Education (Science)