resigns to take post at Arkansas
Assistant coach Back to take over both swim programs
University head swimming coach Benji DeMotte has resigned
in order to accept a position as assistant womens swim
coach at University of Arkansas. Patrice Back, who was
DeMottes assistant coach for five years, has been elevated
to head coach for both the mens and womens programs.
DeMotte, who served as head coach at BU for five years, was named
2003 America East Coach of the Year after leading his mens
team to the conference championship this past winter. He also
advanced two women to the NCAA Championship the only school
in New York to do so.
opportunity is the second opportunity of a lifetime that has
come my way," DeMotte said. "The first opportunity
was getting the chance to coach in my hometown (Binghamton).
For Binghamton to have given me this chance and for me to have
been recruited by a school in the Southeastern Conference speaks
volumes of the University."
Benji has done a terrific job of transitioning our program
to Division II and now Division I, Athletic Director Joel
Thirer said. Its a great credit to him and to our
program that he was highly recruited by a top program in the
Southeastern Conference. We wish him great success.
DeMotte had a knack for recruiting talented international student-athletes,
and that skill made him attractive to the Lady Razorbacks. This
season alone, the Bearcats had swimmers from six foreign countries
(England, China, Sweden, Egypt, Poland and Turkey).
In five years, DeMottes teams won seven conference titles,
and he was named conference coach of the year six times.
Back, a former captain and school record holder at University
of Delaware, spent five years as DeMottes full-time assistant,
where she was instrumental with year-round training and on-deck
were sad that Benji is leaving, we have absolute confidence
in Patrices ability to take over, Thirer said. She
has had a high-profile position here for five years, and is a
poised coach who carries herself with dignity. The program is
in very good hands.
"I am very excited to be stepping up into this position,"
Back said. "Having worked with this program for five years,
I am confident that we will continue to be successful."
will be a smooth transition for Binghamton," DeMotte said.
"Patrice has worked as a partner with me in building up
this program. Any team honor we have gotten over the years has
had a lot to do with her."
Back holds two degrees from Delawarea bachelors degree
in business administration (1992) and a masters degree
in physical education (1998). Before coming to Binghamton, she
served as an assistant coach at Delaware for two years.