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Clark Steps Aside As Head Coach Of Swimming & Diving Program
Eight-year head coach will not return for 2014-15 campaign
June 9, 2014Tweet
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Vestal, N.Y.—After serving 10 years as an assistant and then head coach with the Binghamton men’s & women’s swimming and diving program, Sean Clark has decided to step away from his head coaching position with the Bearcats. Clark, a native of Massachusetts, spent a successful decade with the Bearcats, a tenure that included eight years at the helm.
“It has been a tremendous pleasure for me to grow with the swimming and diving program here at Binghamton for the past decade,” Clark explained. “We have made a deep impact on the culture of our sport here, and I am so very proud to have been a part of it. I could not have had better people to work with in building amazing student-athletes. Although it is time for me to move on, I will treasure my experiences here. I know how blessed I’ve been to coach such remarkable swimmers and divers.”
Clark brought his excitement and enthusiasm to the program beginning as an assistant in 2004 and was later promoted to head coach during the start of the 2006-07 season. A three-time America East Coach of the Year (Men: 2007 & 2010, Women: 2011), he guided the men’s team to a pair of America East runner-up trophies and an overall dual meet record of 34-36 (.486). On the women’s side, Clark propelled the Bearcats to three winning seasons and helped BU finish in the top-5 at the America East Championships on three different occasions.
Since 2005, the BU men’s program has produced 53 America East gold medals and 51 all-conference selections. In addition, the Bearcats have claimed four Most Outstanding Swimmer awards under Clark’s watch. In 2007, Clark sent the first Binghamton male swimmer to the NCAA championship when David Holmes qualified in the 200 free, the 500 free and 200 fly.
During his time at Binghamton, he helped transform the women’s program into a strong competitor in the Northeast. Most recently in 2014, BU had eight different swimmers earn all-conference honors at the America East Championships, including Caitlin Kelly who swept both sprint events (50 & 100 free). Kelly became the first women’s swimmer since 2005 to accomplish the feat. In total, the Bearcats have climbed atop the America East podium seven times and have accumulated 18 all-conference picks since 2006-07.
In the classroom, Binghamton swimmers and divers have excelled with Clark at the helm. From 2006-11 both the men and women’s programs were honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) with Scholar All-America team accolades. A combined 26 student-athletes have garnered All-Academic nods since 2006 and a total of five men’s swimmers have been chosen as the top Scholar-Athlete in the sport by the America East conference.
A national search for Clark’s replacement will begin immediately.