Record-setting Chelsea swimmer Kurt Jolly announced his commitment on Thursday to continue his fantastic career at Albion College. Jolly finished his swimming career at Chelsea in excellent fashion, etching his name in the record books for the Bulldogs.
Jolly, the son of Dave and Joni Jolly, has been swimming competitively since he was 10 years old. His favorite strokes are the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke because those are the first events he ever placed in at states.
Jolly, who will major in Biology or Pre-Med, chose the Britons of Albion over several other colleges including Calvin, Grand Valley, and Kenyon. Albion made it clear and obvious from the get-go they really wanted him there. It should be a smooth transition for him because he knows a lot of other guys from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) where he has competed so he will have many peers on his new team. Also, Albion is ranked twelfth in the nation so he will be competing on a great team.
Jolly’s dad David, the head coach of Chelsea swim for the last 29 years, has been his son’s coach for many years. “It’s going to be a big transition for me,” the younger Jolly stated. “It will be a big change competing for a different coach. I know I’ll adjust but I think I’m going to miss it. It will be different though not being coached at home.”
“It has been very unique coaching my son for the last 8 years.” Head Coach Jolly said. “It’s a very tough situation to be in, coaching your own child. Many people wouldn’t understand. But it has been great the last 8 years watching my son go from a boy and transforming into a young man in many ways. Coaching my son has been one of the greatest honors in my life and I’m looking forward to the fun of watching him compete, not as a coach, but as a father.”
“I really can’t express enough how grateful I am for all the encouragement from the Chelsea community and the school,” Kurt Jolly said. “I am so thankful for all my friends, family, teachers, anyone that has helped me grow and encouraged me in my swimming career. I’m really excited for this next phase in my life.”