Bob Rueppel

Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving - Director of Natatorium

Phone: work802.443.5010
Alma Mater: St. Bonaventure '83
Years at Midd: 3

Rueppel is now in his third season at the helm of the men’s and women’s swimming programs as well as the director of the college’s natatorium. He came to Middlebury from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., where he has served as the men’s and women’s coach since 2001.

In his first three seasons at Middlebury, Rueppel saw his athletes break 19 school records. Seven have earned All-American honors with 14 more owning honorable mention status. His women’s team earned its highest finishes since ’08 at the NESCAC Championship, placing third overall.

During his 10-year run at F&M, Rueppel’s teams won 10 conference titles (seven men, three women) and broke nearly 90 school records. He coached three NCAA Champions, 37 All-Americans as well as five Academic All-Americans, while his teams earned Team Academic All-American honors for nine-straight years. His student-athletes won Centennial Conference individual titles 139 times, setting 55 Conference marks. Rueppel’s men’s team compiled a 44-10 mark in dual conference meets during his tenure, while the women were 53-10. He was named the Centennial Conference’s inaugural Coach of the Year in 2010.

Rueppel is a 1983 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he received a degree in business administration and management. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1983, taking over the reins of the women’s program until 1989. He worked as an assistant at Wright State University in Ohio from 1994-1995 before becoming the head men’s and women’s coach at Wittenberg University, also in Ohio, from 1995-2001. At Wittenberg, where he coached 33 All-Americans, his student-athletes broke 58 school records, and the team earned Academic All-American honors for six-consecutive seasons.


Kimi Schmidt

Diving Coach

Alma Mater: Westfield St. '12
Years at Midd: 1

Schmidt was named the new diving coach in the summer of '14. She is a ’12 graduate of Westfield State University, where she was a member of the diving team. The Longmeadow, Massachusetts native qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of her four years, earning All-American honors in ’12. She also served as a team captain during her junior and senior seasons. She was named the Little East Conference (LEC) Diver of the Year in ’11 and ’12, winning the New England Championship in each of her four seasons.

After earning her degree in movement science, she attended Springfield College where she served as a graduate assistant coach for the past two seasons. While at Springfield, she earned a master’s degree in exercise science.

Schmidt is a certified lifeguard who also owns certifications in waterfront skills, CPR/AED/first aid and lifeguard management.


Zack Wahl

Asst. Swimming Coach

Alma Mater: Union '14
Years at Midd: 1

Wahl joined the staff as an assistant swimming coach in the fall of 2014. He comes to Middlebury from Union College, where he graduated in the spring of 2014 with a degree in biology and geology.

Wahl was a four-year member of the swim team at Union, three times earning team most valuable player honors. He owns four school records, including the 100 and 200 fly, while being a part of the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay squads. Wahl earned NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors three times, while being named the Liberty League Swimmer of the Year in 2014.

The Webster, New York native has also worked as an assistant coach for the Webster Blue Fins Swim Club from 2012-14. He has also staffed the Union swim camp and worked as a lifeguard at the Webster Aquatic Center.