Jerry Champer
Jerry Champer

Associate Head Coach

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Champer Inducted Into WIU Athletic Hall Of Fame

Champer Inducted Into WIU Athletic Hall Of Fame


Swimming & Diving - Staff

Jerry Champer returns for his 11th year as a member of the Georgia coaching staff and his second as Associate Head Coach.

In 2013, under Champer's direction, Lauren Harrington came in second in the 200 butterfly at the NCAAs, setting the school's second-fastest time.

Virtually every top performance in the butterfly on Georgia's all-time list has been established during Champer's tenure, including Mary DeScenza's marks in the 100 and the 200 and the records of Gil Stovall in the 100 and Mark Dylla in the 200. DeScenza, Dylla and Stovall are were NCAA champions.

Champer previously served as the head coach at Western Illinois from 1994-2001. He was named to the WIU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 as the school's winningest coach. Champer was named the Mid-Continent Conference Men's Coach of the Year four times and the Women's Coach of the Year twice. Champer led Western Illinois to five conference titles.

Champer earned Southern States Conference Men's Coach of the Year honors in 1999 and 2000 after leading his team to conference titles. His 2001 men won the Midwest Championships title and he was chosen as the Midwest Championships' Coach of the Year. He also named the 1998 and 2001 Illinois Men's University Division Coach of the Year.

Under Champer's direction, Western Illinois produced 44 individual conference champions and 46 all-conference distinctions. One of his former pupils represented the country of Georgia in the 2000 Olympics.

Champer is married to the former Lu Harris-Champer, Georgia's softball coach. The Champers have three daughters: twins Emma and Jenna, and Mya.

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