Jen Betz knows exactly what life is like balancing intense pool workouts with school and a social life, being a former Jayhawk swimmer herself. Since joining the KU team as assistant coach in 2003, Betz has established close relationships with the swimmers and led strong recruiting efforts for the team. She knows what it takes on a daily basis to be successful both in and out of the pool, helping the team achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher and recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSAA) achieving Team Scholar Awards for all 22 of her semesters with KU.
A mentor for KU swimmers, Betz creates strong one-on-one relationships. Each year, she looks to challenge the swimmers and bring in high-level recruits to continue successful performances – the team boasts a 97-42 dual meet record in her tenure. In total, she has helped train 18 swimmers to compete at the highest level college swim meet, the NCAA Championships.
Betz returns for the 2015-16 season, her 13th, at Kansas assisting the team under coach Clark Campbell. At the 2015 Big 12 Championships, she helped lead the team to a third-place finish, marking KU’s fourth top-three finish during her time at Kansas. Betz aided the team to a 9-3 dual meet record, the Jayhawks’ best record since the 2008-09 season.
Her career at KU began in 2003 as she took the position of assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator under Campbell. She was a student assistant under former KU head swim coach Cathy Burgess during the 2000-01 season. In her first season, she assisted the Jayhawks to a 9-3 season and a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championships.
Former head swimming coach and assistant athletic director Gary Kempf recruited Betz to swim for Kansas. Betz competed in the backstroke and the freestyle events. She was a seven-time scorer at the Big 12 Championships during her four years as an athlete at KU from 1996-2000.
After graduation, the Mansfield, Ohio native joined the full-time staff of Athletes in Action (AIA), a Christian sports organization that helps student-athletes throughout the country. AIA sent her to the University of Virginia where she became a volunteer assistant under head coach Mark Bernardino and worked with the men’s and women’s swimming teams. Both teams finished top 10 in the NCAA.
Betz was married to Tate Betz in November 2015 and the couple resides in Lawrence.