Falcons open the season Oct. 8 at New Mexico.
Carrie Renter (formely Ellis)enters her third season as the assistant women's swimming coach at the Air Force Academy.
Renter, a five-time NCAA All-American, comes to the Academy after spending two seasons, from 2007-2009, at the University of Alabama.
"We are excited to have CarrieRenter join our staff," said Converse. "She brings a wealth of high-level athletic experience as a former All-American sprinter and national team member. Her exposure to some of the top club and NCAA programs in the nation adds great depth to her background. I look for Carrie to make her mark on our sprint program right away, and attract top athletes to the Academy in future years through her recruiting efforts."
Renter, a 2006 graduate of Florida State University, has spent the past two years as a volunteer/graduate assistant coach with the Crimson Tide, working primarily with the sprint groups. She also served as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater for the 2006-07 season.
Renter's resume of swimming experience is quite impressive, including her college years. Beginning her collegiate career at the University of Virginia, Ellis earned All-America honors in 2002 as a member of UVA's eighth-place 200 medley relay team. She then transferred to Florida State, where she was a member of the swim team from 2004-2006. She again earned All-America distinction and helped lead FSU to a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships.
A two-time team captain and most valuable swimmer for the Seminoles,Renter was a key contributor as the team won its first-ever ACC Swimming Championship title in 2006. She was also the recipient of the Golden Nole Award, given to the top all-around athlete on the team, in 2005 and 2006. In 2005,Renter set the FSU record in the 100 free, a mark which still stands today.
Meanwhile, Renter' swimming career continued after graduation. A member of the U.S. national team competing at the 2008 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships in Manchester, England,Renter placed 12th in the 50-meter freestyle. She was also a three-time U.S. Swimming Nationals finalist, placing fourth in the 50 free during the summer of 2007, while finishing sixth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in December 2008. In addition,Renter was honored as the USA Swimming/Florida Swimming Female Senior Swimmer of the Year in 2007.
Renter, who completed her master's degree in human performance with an emphasis on kinesiology at Alabama in 2009, is the daughter of retired Lt. Col. Michael Ellis and Susan Ellis, who currently live in Tampa, Fla.Renter lived at the Academy from 1986-88, as her father served as a captain with the 50th Airmen Training Squadron, while also teaching Navigation.Renter also has a younger brother, David, who graduated from Florida State as well.
Renter was married in Sept. of 2011 to Maj. Jason Renter, an AOC at USAFA. Renter is now step mom to daughter Julia and son Carson.