Ptasnik served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the past three seasons under former coach Dan Schemmel, who recently accepted the head post for the Stanford men’s swimming and diving program. Ptasnik has been a part of three straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s championships and one MPSF men’s championship and in 2019, UH claimed both a men’s and women’s conference title in the same season for the first time in program history.
“We are pleased to announce Elliot as the Rainbow Wahine and Warrior Head Swim Coach,” UH Mānoa Athletics Director David Matlin said. “Elliot and the current coaching staff have been instrumental in developing a championship culture in and out of the pool. His passion for Hawaiʻi is evident and we are excited to watch him continue to have a positive effect on our student-athletes as the leader of both programs.”
“I am honored and grateful to continue my coaching career at the University of Hawaiʻi. I would like to thank David Matlin and the entire administrative staff for having the confidence in me to lead our Rainbow Wahine and Warriors,” Ptasnik said. “Hawaiʻi’s academic and athletic prowess, along with rich culture and natural beauty, will continue to attract the best local, domestic and international student-athletes. In the past three years our team as seen a meteoric rise, and I truly feel we are just getting started.”