Jeff Kostoff will be entering his third season with Minnesota Swimming & Diving in 2021-22. He was named Associate Head Coach of the men's and women's programs in August 2019.
In his first season with the Maroon & Gold in 2019-20, Kostoff quickly gained the trust and support of his student-athletes at the U. Bringing fresh new training tactics to Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, countless Gopher swimmers sped their way to new lifetime bests under Kostoff's tutelage in 2019-20. Kostoff also brought a wealth of recruiting experience to Minnesota in his first year with the team, as the Gophers attracted one of their best recruiting classes yet in the incoming 2020 freshman class.
A member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame, Kostoff comes to the Maroon and Gold after spending three seasons as an assistant coach for the Cardinal. During his tenure with Stanford, Kostoff coached the men’s team to a 2017 Pacific-12 Conference Championship. Also under Kostoff’s tutelage, junior Abrahm Devine swam his way to a national championship in the 400 IM in the 2017-18 season, the school’s first NCAA title in any event since 2014. Additionally, Kostoff led a strong group of swimmers to NCAA qualifying times in each of his three years on staff.
Prior to Stanford, Kostoff served as an assistant coach at Indiana University from 2013-16, where he coached U.S. National Team members Zane Grothe and Lindsay Vrooman. Kostoff’s coaching resume also includes four years as an assistant at the University of Maryland.
In addition to his collegiate coaching career, Kostoff previously coached throughout various USA Swimming clubs, summer leagues and high school teams from 1991-99.
As a student-athlete at Stanford, Kostoff was a two-time U.S. Olympian and five-time NCAA Champion (1983-87). Kostoff also swam on two U.S. World Championship teams during his collegiate career, setting 12 American records from 1982-86 and winning three NCAA team championships from 1985-87. Kostoff graduated from Stanford in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
Kostoff resides in Minneapolis, Minn. His wife, Carol, works in hospital administration for Kaiser Permanente. Kostoff has two stepsons with Carol, the eldest of which, Nick, is a sophomore baseball player at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. The younger of the two sons, Ben, is currently a junior in high school in the Washington D.C. metro area.