Kuehl, Ljone to assist Rams in weight room
Tracy Ljone comes to CSU with 14 years of Division I coaching experience splitting these years between Strength and Conditioning and Swimming. Ljone began her collegiate coaching career at Georgia Southern University in 1998 as a graduate assistant in the weight room where she was the primary strength coach for men's and women's swimming and diving, track and field, soccer, golf, tennis and volleyball. She also served as an intern at Arizona State University (2000), where she helped with football, women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving and wrestling. In 1999 she was asked to be the head swimming coach at GSU and remained there for the following three seasons taking the women's squad to their highest finish (2nd) in the Southern Conference. In 2002 Ljone migrated west and once again found herself back in the weight room at the University of New Mexico assisting the strength and conditioning coaches while pursuing her Ph.D. in Sport Management and Health Education. In 2004 she was asked to be the Assistant Swimming Coach for the women's squad where she served for only one year before being promoted to the head position in 2005, which she held for the past seven seasons. During Ljone's tenure as the Head Swimming and Diving Coach at UNM her squads rewrote the record books breaking 20 out of the 22 school records, had three NCAA B qualifiers and two NCAA automatic qualifiers. Ljone believes in strong community relations and her teams continually surpassed 500 hours of service each year in the Albuquerque community. In 2009 and 2012 her teams GPAs ranked 9th and 19the nationally among all Division I squads, earning All-Academic Team honors every semester and putting UNM swimming at the top of the MWC Scholar Athlete list.
Ljone earned her Bachelor's of Science from the University of South Carolina in Exercise Science, a Master's of Science in Sport Management from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science from the University of New Mexico.
Outside of academics she was a three-year letter winner in swimming, 1993-1997, at the University of South Carolina specializing in the butterfly for the Gamecocks. She qualified for the 2004 Boston Marathon and was the 1st American woman finisher (9th overall) at the 2008 Great Wall of China Marathon. In 2009 she competed in her first Ironman triathlon competition in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where she was the first woman, both professional and amateur, out of the water. She qualified for the Ironman World Championships in this first attempt (10 hr 57 min) and went on to compete in the 2009 event where she was the second woman out of the water.
Ljone returns to the strength and conditioning side of coaching because she says that's where her true passion resides. She enjoys working with the various sports and all types of athletes in their quest for success. She has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1998. Her primary sports at CSU will be women's swimming and diving, men's and women's middle and distance track and women's tennis.