Bunting To Stay With Swimming And Diving Team As Student Assistant

June 14, 2011


Even though her four years in the pool are now behind her, former Jayhawk swimming and diving captain, Joy Bunting will remain with the team as a student assistant coach for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Bunting finished her swim career at KU last spring with a strong showing at the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas, where she scored a total of 27-points for her team in just three individual events.

The Greeley, Colo. native competed in the breast stroke, butterfly and individual medley during her Crimson and Blue career, and has left a few sizeable ripples in the pool she once swam in. Bunting owns the second-best time in school history in the 200-yard IM with her 2:00.28 performance during the 2010 Big 12 Championships. She also can claim the second and third fastest times in the program in the 400-yard IM category with her 4:14.46 time during the 2010 Big 12 Championships and in College Station, Texas and her 4:15.80 performance a year later at the 2011 Big 12 Championships in Austin.

“Joy will be an awesome addition to our staff,” said head coach Clark Campbell. “Her presence as a leader and coach will help our athletes get better because Joy has the ability to develop our team in and out of the water.”

Assistant coach Jen Fox agreed. “Joy brings a lot of enthusiasm, heart and energy to this program,” she said. “I can’t wait to start working with her on deck.”

Bunting will join Campbell, Fox, diving coach Eric Elliott and volunteer assistant Danielle Herrmann on a staff that already has 25 years of combined coaching experience at KU and well over 40 years during their careers at other colleges and universities.

She plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies next May.