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Hollie Bonewit-Cron

Assistant Swimming Coach

Hollie Bonewit-Cron enters her seventh season as an assistant coach with the University of Florida men’s and women's swimming programs.

“Hollie gives our coaching staff a dual threat. With her background in sports psychology, she takes our coaching staff to another level away from the pool,” Florida head coach Gregg Troy says. “On the deck, Hollie is one of the most respected female coaches in the nation.”

Working primarily with the UF breaststrokers, Bonewit-Cron helped the Gators send four swimmers to the finals of the 200 breast at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Bill Mrazek swam to a fifth-place finish in the event with a school-record time of 1:55.37, while current Florida junior Bradley Ally touched sixth with a mark of 1:55.85. Luca De Matteis clocked in at 1:56.27 in the prelims session, making him the third Gator to break the school record in the 200 breast on the final day of the NCAA meet. She also helped guide Caroline Burckle to the 2007 SEC title in the 100 breast, the Gator women’s lone conference championship of the year.

UF’s breast-strokers came away from 2008 with several accolades, thanks to Bonewit-Cron’s mentoring.  Under her direction, the Gators made history when brother-sister combo Clark and Caroline Burckle both won the 200 breast title at the SEC Championships to become the first brother and sister to win an event title in the same event, in the same year, at the same meet.  Caroline came away with the second fastest time in school history, while Clark set the school record in the 100 breast and would later go on to set the 200 breast record at the NCAA Championships. 

Bonewit-Cron adds experience as both a swimmer and a coach to the Florida staff. Before coming to Florida, she served as the interim head coach and assistant coach for the Georgia Southern University women's swimming team.

A three-time All-Mid-American Conference first team selection, Bonewit-Cron earned four letters in swimming at Ohio University from 1996-2000. As a senior, she earned All-America honors in the 200 breast. She won six MAC Championships in 2000, capturing titles in the 200 breast, 400 IM, 200 and 400 MR and the 400 and 800 FR. Bonewit-Cron also led Ohio to the MAC team title and was a Senior National qualifier for the third straight year.

During her four-year career at Ohio, Bonewit-Cron was a 17-time MAC champion, including three consecutive titles in the 200 and 400 MR and 400 and 800 FR. She set school records in the 400 IM and MAC records in the 200 breast, 400 FR and the 200 and 400 MR. A three-time medalist in the 400 IM and two-time medalist in the 200 breast, she was awarded MAC Swimmer of the Year honors after her junior season.

In 2000, Bonewit-Cron was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 breast and the 400 IM.

Bonewit-Cron is an Athens, Ohio native. She graduated from Ohio University in 2000 with a B.A. in psychology, and received her master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2002.

Bonewit-Cron resides in Gainesville with her husband, Chad.

The Hollie Bonewit-Cron File

Birthdate:  April 28, 1978
Hometown:  Athens, Ohio
Education: B.A. in Psychology, Ohio University, 2000; Master’s in Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University, 2002

Coaching Career:
Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern University, 2000-2002
Interim Head Coach, Georgia Southern University, 2002
Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2002-present.

Career Highlights:

  • 2000 Olympic Trials qualifier (100- and 200-yard breast, 400-yard IM)
  • 1999-2000 NCAA All-America Honorable Mention (200-yard breast)
  • 1998-99 NCAA qualifier in 400-yard IM and 200-yard breast
  • 1998-99 MAC Swimmer of the Year
  • 17 MAC Championship honors
  • Three-time All-MAC First Team
  • Three-time Senior National qualifier
  • 1996 Junior National qualifier
  • Four-year letterwinner at Ohio University
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