Josh Udermann begins his third year as Missouri State's assistant swimming coach in 2013-14. He was promoted to assistant coach in 2011 after spending a season as a graduate assistant for the Bears.
Udermann leads the charge in Missouri State's international recruiting and works primarily with the sprint freestyle groups. His recruiting efforts produced Missouri State's first top-100 signee in 2012 Olympian Uvis Kalnins (Latvia). CollegeSwimming.com listed Kalnins as the No. 68 overall swimmer in the 2012 recruiting class. He also brings specialized experience in dryland programs and sports nutrition.
His training and on-deck coaching has paid dividends in the pool, as the Bears have broken all but one of the sprint freestyle records during the past three seasons. Under Udermann's guidance, the Bear sprinters have totaled eight NCAA consideration times, including four by Ukraine standout Vitalii Baryshok and three by Amber Green in 2011.
In 2012-13, Missouri State reclaimed the 50 freestyle crown at the MVC Championships as freshman Kate Gately (St. Louis, Mo.) raced to a first-place finish in Carbondale, Ill. The All-MVC first team selection also moved into third all-time in MSU history in the 50 and 100 free.
Another of Udermann's charges, was 2013 senior Andrea Uzcategui. The Indian River State College transfer made her way onto the All-Time Top-Five list at No. 4 in the 50 and 100 free. In addition, Uzacategui dropped more than six seconds from the beginning of the season to become just the second MSU swimmer to break 1 minute 50 seconds in the 200 freestyle. Uzcategui finished third overall at conference with her time of 1:49.95.
At the 2013 MAC Championships, the Bears totaled eight A-Final appearances in the sprint events highlighted by Kalnins runner-up finish in the 100 free and freshman Jack Snow's significant time-drop in the 50 free to finish fourth overall. Additionally, Kalnins added a pair of sub-20 second splits to pave the way for the Bears' sprint relays in Carbondale.
The previous year, Vitalii Baryshok debuted at the MAC Championships as a freshman and picked up an individual title in the 200 free, while the Missouri State women ran away with their fifth-consecutive Valley championship.
A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Udermann has a bachelor's degree in art & design and print journalism, while minoring in history and Spanish. In 2011, he also earned his master's degree from Missouri State in administrative studies with a sports management emphasis. As a student-athlete at MSU, Udermann excelled in the pool and the classroom. He appeared on the Dean's List eight consecutive semesters and was named to the MSU Academic Honor Roll all four years. He earned All-Sun Belt honors, helped the Bears win their first-ever Sun Belt Conference championship and was selected as a captain his senior year.
After completing his undergrad, Udermann served as an age-group coach for Missouri State Aquatics from January 2010 - May 2012. Currently, he is in his second season as head coach of the Hickory Hills Country Club summer-league swim team.
Aside from coaching, Udermann enjoys training for triathlons. In 2012, he successfully completed the Branson Half Ironman, finishing the race (1.2 mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1 mile run) in 5:36:28.