Andrew Hendricks was appointed head coach of the Franklin College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams prior to the 2008-2009 season. As the founding coach of the program, Hendricks brings a personal and passionate approach to coaching and has fostered a family-like culture within the framework of the teams. He has made quick work of the men's and women's teams that have both raced into the national spotlight. By 2011, the program was one of the fastest growing collegiate swim programs in the nation, and by 2013, both the men’s team and the women’s team had achieved respective national rankings.
"To most people in the sport, swimming is a culture, and we have quickly made it a culture on the Franklin campus. Our success starts with high expectations and the right mix of student-athletes," said Hendricks. "Part of my ambition is to challenge the swimmers in all parts of their lives. Be it team records, national qualifications, or Olympic aspirations, our coaching staff is dedicated to working with the athletes on an individual level to give them the absolute best experience possible." In addition to its national rankings, Franklin also served as the host school of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships in 2012 and 2014 and will once again serve as host in 2018.
Coach Hendricks has an extensive competitive swimming background over a 37-year span. He has competed at every level of swimming posting AAAA times as an age-grouper in his early days and swimming at the national level with U.S. Masters and USA Triathlon in more recent years. He has coached swimmers of all ages including multiple Indiana state champions. Hendricks himself trained under famed and Olympic swim coach James “Doc” Councilman and a number of other successful Indiana swim coaches and swim clubs. Hendricks is a member of USA Swimming, Indiana Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming, USA Triathlon, the American Swim Coaches Association, and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Post-college, Hendricks worked in the Fortune 500, served at the director level of an $800 million organization here in Indiana, and owned a successful business until he joined Franklin College full-time. In addition to coaching at Franklin, Hendricks has served as an adjunct instructor of mathematics and currently works as the coordinator of research for Institutional Analytics.
“Franklin is a prestigious college, and we intend to offer a social, athletic, and academic value to our student-athletes that transcends the typical college program. Given my interaction on campus, I feel I am much more able to help swimmers in and out of the pool than I would be able to do as a coach alone. Further, with my experience in the business world, I feel I can provide positive and beneficial direction to the swimmers as they pursue their post-graduate and professional goals.”
In just 8 seasons, Hendricks has coached 139 All-Conference honorees, 58 Conference champions, two NCAA National qualifiers (including a 12-time qualifier), and two Academic All-Americans. His women’s teams have won the Heartland Conference five times in the last 6 years (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012) and the NCAA Division III Liberal Arts Championship in 2017. His men’s teams have won the Liberal Arts Championships for four straight seasons (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) and won the Heartland Conference in 2017. In 2014, he also guided Artur Schneider to multiple top-eight finishes and a national title and gold medal at the Swiss National Championships. Hendricks was named as the NCAA Liberal Arts Women’s Coach of the Year in 2017 and has been named the NCAA Liberal Arts Men’s Coach of the Year three times (2017, 2015, 2014).
Hendricks holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University, graduating as an Academic All-American Scholar, and also earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University with a 4.0 GPA. He resides locally with his wife and their three daughters. Mrs. Hendricks is an elementary school teacher in the Center Grove Community School Corporation and has served on the board of the local USA Swim Club, the Franklin Regional Swim Team. Each of their daughters also swims competitively on the local club teams. Swimming in the Hendricks’ household is definitely a family affair, and that family atmosphere is evident every day within the team!
Accomplishments and Statistics
- Heartland Conference Invitational Champions: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012
- 2016-2017 Dual Meet Record: 10-0-1
- Four-Year Dual Meet Trend (2013 – current): 43-3-1
- Record Since Inception: 51-19-1
- Academic All-Americans: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
- 13 Team Records Broken in 2016-2017
- 58 All-Conference Honorees
- 15 Conference Champions
- 2 NCAA Provisional National Time Standards
- 1 NCAA National Qualifier
- 1 NCAA Academic All-American
- NCAA DIII Liberal Arts Champions: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
- 2016-2017 Dual Meet Record 10-0-1
- Four-Year Dual Meet Trend (2013 – current): 40-6-1
- Record Since Inception: 50-21-1
- Academic All-Americans: 2017, 2016, 2015
- 12 Team Records Broken in 2016-2017
- 81 All-Conference Honorees
- 43 Conference Champions
- 18 NCAA Provisional National Time Standards
- 3 NCAA National Qualifiers
- 1 (3-time) Academic All-American