Assistant Coach / Head Recruiting Coordinator
Career at Kansas (2003 - Present)
Jen Betz knows exactly what life is like balancing intense pool workouts with school and a social life, being a former Jayhawk swimmer herself. Since joining the KU team as assistant coach in 2003, Betz has established close relationships with the swimmers and led strong recruiting efforts for the team. She knows what it takes on a daily basis to be successful both in and out of the pool, helping the team achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher and recognized by the CSCAA achieving Team Scholar Awards for all 22 of her semesters with KU.
Betz is a mentor for KU swimmers and creates strong one-on-one relationships. Each year, she looks to challenge the swimmers and bring in high-level recruits to continue successful performances – the team boasts an 88-39 dual meet record in her tenure. In total, she has helped train 18 swimmers to compete at the highest level college swim meet, the NCAA Championships.
Betz returns for the 2014-15 season, her 12th season at Kansas assisting the team under coach Clark Campbell. At the 2014 Big 12 Championships, she helped lead the team to a second-place finish, marking the highest in program history. At the meet, the Jayhawks garnered their first individual Big 12 Champion in Chelsie Miller in the 400-yard individual medley. Betz aided the team to a 6-4 dual meet record, breaking seven school records and placing nine members on the All-Big 12 Academic Team.
Her career at KU began in 2003 as she took the position of assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator under Campbell. She was a student assistant under former KU head swim coach Cathy Burgess during the 2000-01 season. In her first season, she assisted the Jayhawks to a 9-3 season and a third place finish at the Big 12 Championships.
Swimming Career at KU (1996-2000)
Former head swimming coach and assistant athletic director Gary Kempf recruited Betz to swim for Kansas. Betz competed in the backstroke and the freestyle events. She was a seven-time scorer at the Big 12 Championships during her four years as an athlete at KU from 1996-2000.
After graduation, the Mansfield, Ohio native joined the full-time staff of Athletes in Action, a Christian sports organization that helps student-athletes throughout the country. AIA sent her to the University of Virginia where she became a volunteer assistant under head coach Mark Bernardino and worked with the men’s and women’s swimming teams. Both teams finished top 10 in the NCAA.
Jen Fox was married to Tate Betz in November 2015.