“It is with great excitement that I am looking forward to sharing our pool deck with Becca,” Litzinger noted. “As a former collegiate head coach, assistant at Wisconsin and as a B1G Ten Champion athlete, Becca will add an incredible amount of experience to our staff. She has the knowledge, presence and demeanor on the pool deck that our athletes at Notre Dame will enjoy and respond to.”
Weiland departs the head women’s coach position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks after one season in which she coached Oda Bygdnes to qualify for the NCAA DII Championships and earn Division II All-American honors, leading the Nanooks to a seventh-place finish at the PCSC Conference Championships.
“I am incredibly honored to be granted the opportunity to work with some of the best student-athletes and coaches in the nation,” Weiland expressed. “The University of Notre Dame has a rich history filled with exciting campus traditions, elite-level academics, campus pride and overall program success. I am looking forward to what the future will bring at Notre Dame and being a part of the Fighting Irish family”
Weiland’s first stint as a collegiate coach with the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant coach. With the Badgers, Weiland assisted UW swimmers in breaking 13 school records and five B1G Ten Conference records, and oversaw three swimmers who earned NCAA DI All-America status with three others named Division I All-America Honorable Mentions.
Weiland was a four-year letter-winner at the University of Minnesota from 2011-2015. She won four consecutive B1G Ten Conference titles, broke B1G Ten Conference Records in the 100-yard Butterfly and 200-yard Freestyle Relay, earned four consecutive NCAA Championship appearances and garnered 13 NCAA Division I All-American Honors and multiple B1G Ten Conference First Team and Second Team honors. Additionally, Weiland competed in both the 2012 and 2016 United States Olympic Trials.
Out of the pool, Weiland was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, and graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development.
Weiland graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in coaching, going on to earn her master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development from St. Cloud State University in May 2017.