John Patnott
John Patnott
Title: Head Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Coach
Phone: 616-395-7697
Year: 38th
Previous College: Doctorate, Utah, 1989; Master's and Bachelor's, Cal State-Fresno
2015-16   5-0 Second 21st
2014-15   4-1 Second 24th
2013-14   4-0 Second 26th
2012-13   5-1 Second 51st
2011-12   5-3 Second 38th
2010-11   5-3 Second ----
2009-10   6-2 Second ----
2008-09   5-2 Second 18th
2007-08   7-1 Second 24th
2006-07   7-2 Second 10th
2005-06   7-3 Second 13th
2004-05   5-2 Second 12th
2003-04   10-0 First 10th
2002-03   8-3 First ----
2001-02   6-1 Second 44th
2000-01   6-1 Second 14th
1999-00   7-0 First 6th
1998-99   7-0 First 5th
1997-98   7-0 First 5th
1996-97   6-1 First 8th
1995-96   6-2 First 5th
1994-95   6-1 First 5th
1993-94   7-0 First 2nd
1992-93   8-0 First 7th
1991-92   6-2 First 7th
1990-91   8-0 Second 9th
1989-90   9-2 Second 48th
1988-89   9-0 First 10th
1987-88   10-0 First 5th
1986-87   7-0 First 8th
1985-86   7-1 First 6th
1984-85   8-0 First 25th
1983-84   Did not
1982-83   Did not
1981-82   10-0 First 17th
1980-81   7-2 First -----
1979-80   10-2 First -----
1978-79   6-3 Third -----

John Patnott started the Hope College swimming program in 1978 and has developed it into one of the nation's finest small college programs for men and women.

Three times in his career he has been voted the NCAA Division III national Coach-of-the-Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association. He was named the men's national Coach-of-the-Year in 1991 and the women's national Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1998.

Patnott has coached 120 All-Americans and had national champions 31 times during his 35-season Hope career. He has also had 41 Academic All-Americans since 1984.

Both Hope teams are annually competitive in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and at the NCAA Division III national championship meet. He has coached Hope teams to 31 conference championships — 19 by the women and 12 by the men.

Patnott was raised in the San Francisco Bay area where he swam competitively at the high school, YMCA and AAU levels. He earned the bachelor and master of arts degrees from California State University at Fresno and received the doctoral degree from the University of Utah in 1989. He lettered two years on the Fresno varsity swimming team, serving as team captain in 1969. As a senior he was voted the team's most inspirational swimmer.

Patnott was an assistant coach at California State University in Fresno while working toward his degree and was a full-time instructor and the head swimming coach from 1972-77. Prior to coming to Hope, he was head coach of the varsity swimming and water polo teams at Bullard High School in Fresno and the advanced team coach of the Fresno Swim Club. Bullard was undefeated, winning its league title and section meet.

A professor of kinesiology at Hope, Patnott in 2003 was named the recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of demonstrated excellence in specific activities or aspects of teaching.

Patnott and his wife, Phyllis, have three children.