Alma, Mich. - Jason Lintjer has resigned as head swimming and diving coach of Alma College and has accepted the same position at Saginaw Valley State University, as announced by Director of Athletics Sarah Dehring on Thursday (Apr. 30). The change will take effect on May 1. A search for Lintjer's replacement will begin immediately.
"Since arriving at Alma College, Jason has done an incredible job rebuilding our swim and dive program and he will be truly missed," said Dehring. "He is leaving the team in a great place for the next person to take over. I wish Jason all the best in his new position."
"I can't thank everyone at Alma enough for the support," said LIntjer. "I truly looked forward to coming to work every single day. I'm leaving behind a program that is very promising and has a bright future, but I'm looking forward to an awesome opportunity at SVSU. I wish Sarah Dehring and the entire athletic department my very best."
Lintjer assumed the role of head coach of the Scots' program in 2017. In those three years, the team has grown by 12 athletes, including seven swimmers on the men's team. Lintjer oversaw the development of seven student-athletes that landed on the Alma College Top-10 Timing list, including Eric Ferrara, who broke the school records in the 500 free, 1000 free, and 1650 freestyle events as a senior in 2018-19; Nate Sutton (Livonia, Mich. / Livonia Churchill) topped all three of Ferrara's records as a freshman in 2019-20; Kate Lehman recorded the best 100 fly time under Lintjer's tutelage; Allison Brown (Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake) posted the fastest time in the 100 back.
In October 2018, Lintjer guided the Scots to their first home-meet win since January 2013 with a 376-120 victory over Hiram College (OH). In January 2019, the Scots defeated Olivet for their first combined conference victory since January 2015.
A former collegiate swimmer at Michigan State University, Lintjer came to Alma College after serving as the assistant coach for the Kalamazoo College swimming and diving program in 2016-17, where he was also the program's recruiting coordinator. At the same time, Lintjer served as the aquatics director at Spring Lake Country Club in Spring Lake, Mich., a position he has held since 2014.
Lintjer began his coaching career in 2012 at Spring Lake (Mich.) High School, where he was the head swimming and diving coach until 2016. Under his guidance, Spring Lake won three Coastal Conference championships, and he was named Coach of the Year three times. The Lakers also set six school records and four pool records and earned academic all-state recognition while Lintjer was at the helm.
Collegiately, Lintjer was a four-year member of the Michigan State University swim team, competing for the Spartans from 2008-2012. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in his final three seasons and was a member of State's 200 medley relay team that broke the school record.
A former All-American swimmer at Grand Haven (Mich.) High School, Lintjer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 2012.