Athletic officials at the University of Northern Iowa plan to begin an immediate search for a new head swimming and diving coach following the resignation of Doug Humphrey.

After leading the program to unprecedented heights the past five seasons, Humphrey has accepted a similar position at South Dakota State University, UNI athletic officials confirmed on Monday (May 22, 2017).

"Doug did a great job in turning around our swimming and diving program," UNI Director of Athletics David Harris said in a press release announcing Humphrey's resignation. "Doug made tremendous strides to give our student-athletes opportunities to compete for and win Missouri Valley Conference championships."

Humphrey was named the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Swimming Coach of the Year in 2015-16 after leading the Panthers to a third-place finish, their highest finish ever. The squad matched that third-place effort in the 2016-17 MVC Championship meet hosted by UNI in Iowa City.

"His vision and leadership provided an ideal environment that allowed our program to grow," Harris said. "We will remain committed to having successful swimmers and divers at UNI and will begin our national search for a successor immediately."

Humphrey has served as UNI's swimming & diving coach for the past five seasons. When he took over the program prior to the 2012-13 season, the Panthers had won only one Missouri Valley Conference individual/relay championship. At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, Humphrey had led UNI to 14 MVC individual/relay titles.

In each of the past two seasons, UNI has had seven first-team all-conference performances. During his tenure as head coach, Humphrey earned a total of 16 first-team all-MVC honorees – doubling the Panthers' all-time first-team all-MVC honorees to 32 in the history of the women's swimming and diving program.