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  • Seth Weidmann

Seth Weidmann


Head Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach


TARC 1106

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Seth Weidmann (32-4 dual-meet record), a five-time College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Men’s Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year, is in his seventh season as head coach in 2020-21. An active member of the Carthage community, Weidmann serves as the athletic department’s NCAA Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Designee (ADID) and co-chairs the Carthage Athletics Advocacy Task Force. He has served on Carthage’s Equity and Inclusion Committee since 2017 and the Carthage Staff Council since 2018, representing athletics. Seth’s community participation reaches beyond campus as a member of the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism and the city’s Safety Around Water Coalition.

Coach Weidmann’s teams have won four-straight CCIW Championships in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. His swimmers and divers have set or reset 15 CCIW records and 39 school records, amassed 65 CCIW All-Conference honors, 43 NCAA qualifying standards and 20 individual Scholar All-American honors. Collectively, the teams have been recognized as a College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team in every semester since Seth’s arrival in 2014.

The 2019-20 season was no exception to that success, as the Carthage 200 freestyle relay team of juniors Ethan Hare, Mitchell Mages, Nick Nevins and Mitchel Steinke landed on the CSCAA All-American Team. Additionally, Hare, Nevins, Steinke and senior Cooper Hawkins made it onto the CSCAA Scholar All-American Team, senior diver Connor Pierson tallied his highest career finish at NCAA Diving Regionals, and Mages added individual All-American honors in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Mages also earned three prestigious individual awards; Carthage Falduto Athlete of the Year, CCIW Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year and CCIW Most Valuable Swimmer of the Meet at the conference championships.

Prior to his time at Carthage, Weidmann spent nine years at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore as Head Senior Coach and Community Outreach Manager. He was an active member of the YWCA’s Equity & Inclusion Team and Illinois Swimming’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, along with serving as head coach for Team Illinois at USA Swimming’s Central Zone Multi-Cultural/Diversity Meet. Coach Weidmann was a founding organizer of Evanston Swims, a community collaboration that offers water safety and swim instruction to Evanston second graders at no cost to their families.

A native of Skokie, Ill. and graduate of Evanston Township High School, Weidmann attended Gustavus Adolphus College, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. As a swimmer for Gustavus Adolphus, Weidmann was a three-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titlist and a CSCAA All-American. He holds a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in Leadership in Education from Carthage College. Seth and his wife, Emily, live in Kenosha.

Favorite thing about working at Carthage

Canoeing to work. I’ve only done it once but the fact that it can be done is still amazing to me.

Other interests?

Running, biking, canoeing, music, podcasts, short story collections, rabbits, and British television detective dramas.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …