March 13, 2009
Around the Horn
Head swim coach resignsWorld-class swimmer Dan Phillips, who was named as Susquehanna's head men's and women's swimming & diving coach and director of aquatics in August 2008, resigned from both positions, effective March 6. A search for his replacement has already begun.
Phillips, who came to Susquehanna from Ohio State, where he was an assistant women's swimming coach from 2003 to 2008 for the NCAA Division I Buckeyes, is pursuing another professional endeavor.
"I'm very sad to be leaving," said Phillips. "The people at Susquehanna, especially the student athletes that I had the privilege of coaching, make this a tough decision, but I was offered an opportunity somewhere else that made too much sense for my family to turn down.
"I have nothing but great memories from my time at Susquehanna, and I'll certainly be checking in to see how the university, particularly the swimming programs, are doing."
"Dan did a terrific job this year of developing our swimmers both in and out of the pool," Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson said. "He's been great to work with, and the athletics department all wishes him and his family the best."
Under Phillips, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished in fourth and second place, respectively at the 2009 Landmark championships. The second-place showing was the highest conference finish in the women's team's history, and two female swimmers won individual conference titles at the meet-the first two in school history.
Men's team earns accoladesSusquehanna swept the four major men's basketball awards handed out by the Landmark on March 3 and landed two players on the 2008-09 all-Landmark first team.
Senior guard/forward Joel Patch is the conference's Player of the Year, while freshman guard and fan favorite Spenser Spencer takes home Rookie of the Year honors. To boot, junior guard Bryan Majors earned the Defensive Player of the Year award, and head coach Frank Marcinek and his assistants Chad Bailey, Matthew Blue and Brent Ferko garnered Coaching Staff of the Year recognition.
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