|Swimming and Diving Coaching Staff|
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
Clark earned his bachelor's degree from UMass in biochemistry in 1993.
This season, Qu will be helping coach freshman standout Tin Wai Siu from Hong Kong, China.
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.
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.
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.