Alec Kandt joins the Razorbacks after serving as an assistant coach during the 2021-22 season for Davenport University. While at Davenport University, Kandat led the men’s team to multiple top-eight finishes at the GLIAC Championships. In addition, he also helped the women’s team earn a top-5 finish at the GLIAC Championships.
“First off, I want to thank Neil for this opportunity to join his staff! Throughout the entire hiring process, everyone associated with the program was extremely welcoming and it just made it feel like home! After a conversation with one of my mentors Gregg Troy, the position just was the right move and the right fit for me where I am in my career, so it was an easy choice to accept the position to join this incredible team. Let’s go Hogs!”
Kandt was also Head Master Coach of East Grand Rapids Aquatics from 2018-2021. Prior to his stint at East Grand Rapids, he was a volunteer assistant swim coach at the University of Florida from 2017-2018, during which the Gators won an SEC Championship. While in Florida, Kandt served as an assistant swim coach for Gator Swim Club as well.
In the pool, Kandt was a four-time varsity letterman at Michigan State. Not only was Kandt a four-time letterman but also earned Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year in 2014. Furthermore, he would go on to win Male Swimmer of the Year three times from 2015-17, as well as being a Big Ten Championship Finalist during his time in East Lansing. Kandt currently holds the record in the 100 Breaststroke at Michigan State and also represented the Spartans at the US Open as well as Olympic trials Qualifier in 2016.
Alec is a native of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.