Swimming and Diving Coaching Staff
 
 

photoHead Coach
Sean Clark

Sean Clark begins his fifth season as the head coach of the Binghamton men's and women's swimming program this fall, as well as his seventh year at the University.

During his four years as coach of the Bearcats, the enthusiastic Clark has produced a strong Binghamton swimming and diving program in the pool and in the classroom.

From the beginning, Sean Clark has led his teams to success. After joining the program as an assistant for the 2004-05 season, Clark has led the men's squad to four winning dual meet seasons for an admirable overall record of 40-22 (.645). Last year, Clark also led the BU women to his first winning dual meet season, the women's first in six years. The 2009-10 Bearcat women finished their dual meet season with a 7-6 (.538) record while the men posted a 5-5 (.500) mark.

Sean Clark has prospered as a recruiter. The 2010 recruiting class put in strong performances throughout the season. David Gleason brought home an America East championship in the 500 free and Tin Wai Siu broke two individual school records while swimming on relay teams that set two team records, as well.

Both the men and women enjoyed success at the 2010 America East Championships. Three BU men earned all-conference honors - David Gleason, Nolan Slesnick and Anthony Foiles, while six women earned finalist honors. Amanda Ciccone (200 IM), Melissa Lindahl (200 back) and Tin Wai Siu (200 fly) all placed in the top eight of their events. On the one- and three-meter boards, Morgan Neal and Jenna Easton both finished in the top eight, while Liz Esposito took eighth on the three-meter board.

A young underclassmen-laden Bearcat women's program continued to make strides in 2009-10, delivering its highest scoring effort at the conference championship in the last six years, which included nine all-conference performances. The 2009-10 marked the third straight season the Bearcat women put in a strong performance at the America East championships.

The women set six school records during the season with 2009-10 captain Amanda Ciccone and standout freshman Tin Wai Siu leading the way. Records were broke in the 200 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 free relay, 800 free relay and 200 medley relay. Ciccone is now the holder of the 200 IM record while Siu holds both the 200 free and 400 IM BU records.

During Clark's tenure as head coach, the program has produced 20 individual conference titles, 142 all-conference performances (top-eight finishes), and four top-three team finishes at the America East Championships. Upon Clark's arrival, the program has manufactured four America East Outstanding Swimmers (Brenno Varanda, David Holmes and Kaan Tayla, twice) and one America East Most Outstanding Rookie (Nolan Slesnick) under his tutelage. Three swimmers have also been name America East Scholar-Athlete of the year (Varanda, Brian Koizim, twice, and Robert Kaczynski). Clark has also witnessed three swimmers receive the coaches' award for most points scored in a career at the championship meet (Varanda, Koizim and Kaczynski).

The Bearcat men enjoyed a banner year in 2006-07. In Clark's first year at the helm, David Holmes '07 became the first male NCAA qualifier in school and conference history placing 22nd in the 200 free. The team produced a 6-3 dual meet record, and concluded the season by delivering a championship performance for the ages at the America East meet.

Binghamton captured a conference-best 11 gold medals and broke nine school records en route to a runner-up finish. The Bearcats were honored with three league awards. Holmes earned America East Most Outstanding Performer honors, Brian Koizim '07 captured the Senior Coaches Award, and Clark, along with diving coach Anna Tutunnikova and then-first-year assistant Aimee Bourassa garnered America East Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

A week later, the efforts of the Bearcat coaching trio was again recognized, garnering the top staff honors at the ECAC Championship meet. A nine-man Bearcat squad delivered a spirited effort claiming four individual titles and three relays gliding to a sixth-place finish at the regional competition. Holmes, Binghamton's most decorated D-I swimmer, once again led the way winning three individual titles and earning Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet honors for the second time in as many years.

Binghamton's memorable 2006-07 campaign made waves regionally among the collegiate swimming ranks. In addition, to the program-best sixth-place finish at the ECAC meet, the Bearcats earned their highest-ever ranking (No. 13) in CollegeSwimming.com's Mid-Major poll - marking the second straight top-15 finish for the program.

The 2007-08 men faced the difficult task of replacing its most storied senior class in program history. Despite the major losses to graduation, a deep Bearcat squad once again proved it is a program on the rise.

After dropping its first four dual meets, the Bearcats reeled off a Division-I era record seven consecutive wins to close out the season for their fourth straight winning season (7-4). At the 2008 conference championship, Binghamton produced four gold medals and 13 overall medals (top-three finishes). The Bearcat diving corps enjoyed its finest season in 2007-08 as well. Ryan Graham '09 set school records on both the one- and three-meter boards becoming the first Binghamton diver to qualify for NCAA Zones.

While the team's successes in the pool over the last five years have instantly put Binghamton on the map within the Northeast's swimming circles, Clark has committed to fostering an environment where success is expected in all facets of life. For Bearcat swimmers and divers, that committment begins in the classroom.

Upon BU's arrival to the America East in 2002, the program's student-athletes have consistently been among the finest the conference has to offer. Under Clark's watch, Binghamton's swimming and diving program has continued to excel academically.

This past season both programs earned Scholar All-American Team honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the 2009-10 academic year. The men ranked No. 35 out of 143 Division I programs with a 3.10 overall GPA while the women placed 67th out of 200 programs with a 3.28 GPA. The women finished with the highest GPA of any team coached by Clark. In order to earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors, a program must have at least a 3.00 GPA. Amanda Ciccone was also awared the SUNY Chancellor's Scholar Athlete award, becoming the third Bearcat to earn such an honor (Kaczynski in '05 and Yun Qu in '04).

Both Bearcat squads had already seen success in the classroom. Binghamton posted the highest number of men on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll (GPA of 3.5 or higher) with four. The women, meanwhile, had 27 individuals post at least a 3.0 GPA overall--which tied for the most in the conference.

Clark has enjoyed success at every level of his collegiate swimming career.
He came to Binghamton after serving as a volunteer assistant from 1994-96 and as the lead assistant coach from 2000-03, at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts. During his tenure, the Minutemen won the Atlantic-10 Conference title four times. They also had their first national qualifier in 2001.

While an undergraduate at UMass, Clark swam both the sprint freestyle and backstroke events for five years and was on three varsity record-breaking relays. As a fifth-year senior, he served as team co-captain.

At the head coaching level, Clark also comes well prepared. Of his five previous head coaching stints, the two most significant were at South Hadley High School (during the 1995-96 and 1999-00 seasons) and with the Amherst Tritons swim team (2000-03).

Under Clark's leadership, South Hadley won the 1996 women's division title and as the head coach of the Tritons, Clark worked with several assistants in the education and training of 120 swimmers from the ages of 5-18.

Clark earned his bachelor's degree from UMass in biochemistry in 1993.

 

photo Assistant Coach
Yun Qu

Yun Qu, Binghamton's first-ever NCAA Division I All-American, returns to her alma mater for a second year as assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming & diving program. A 1996 Olympian for her native China, she has been the assistant coach at Iowa State the past two years.

This season, Qu will be helping coach freshman standout Tin Wai Siu from Hong Kong, China.

In her three-year undergradutate career at Binghamton, Qu was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the butterfly events and earned All-America honors with a 13th-place finish in the 200 fly at the 2002 meet. She was also the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the 2002 America East Championships and earned the conference's Scholar-Athlete honors in 2004. Qu graduated Summa Cum Laude from Binghamton in 2005 and went on to earn her master's degree at Ithaca College the following year.

Prior to arriving at Binghamton, Qu was a member of the Chinese National Swimming Team from 1993-2000. She placed fourth in the 200 fly at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. During all eight of her years on the team, she was ranked among the top 10 swimmers in the world in both the 100- and 200 fly.

Following her graudation from Binghamton, Qu was a student-assistant coach during the 2004-05 season. While earning her master's degree at Ithaca, she was an assistant coach during the 2005-06 season and helped lead the women's team to the New York State Collegiate Athletic Association championship.

 
photoDiving Coach
Reuben Rappe

A 2008 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Rappe returns to Binghamton for his second year as Diving coach after completing a successful four-year tenure as a decorated diver for the Minutemen.

As a junior and senior captain, he led the UMass swimming and diving squad to two Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships. Rappe was crowned the Atlantic 10 Conference one meter diving champion all four of his collegiate years, while also adding one three meter crown. Rappe concluded his stellar career with four university records, and two Atlantic 10 conference records. Rappe was also named the A-10 Most Outstanding Diver in 2008.

Prior to his time at Amherst, he enjoyed a celebrated high school swimming career in Minnesota that included an individual state championship in diving. Rappe also competed in the pole vault, and was an avid soccer player.

In addition to the wealth of experience that Rappe has in competitive swimming, he has taught public and private swim lessons and worked as a lifeguard for the past ten years. Swimming lessons taught to children as young as two, contrasted with supervising for a white water rafting company highlight the wide range of experiences Rappe has had in and around the water.

Rappe graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in kinesiology.