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Alan A. Switzer



-Alan A. Switzer began coaching at Hebron Academy in 1955 until 1962. In 2001 he was voted into the schools Hall of Fame.

-He went onto coach swimming at The Hill School in Pennsylvania.

-In 1971 he became the University of Maine’s first intercollegiate swimming and diving coach.  The program soon added a dedicated diving coach and Coach Switzer coached the program until 1990.

-In his early years at Maine, Switzer introduced and hosted the U Maine Developmental Meet attracting some of New England’s premier swimmers. The format of the meet offered swimmers stroke events at the 200 yard distances and freestyle events at the 500, 1000, and 1650 distances, events, at that time, not available at Maine meets for most developing swimmers.

-Under Switzer, the Black Bears won 139 dual meets and lost only 61

-In 1976, UMO won their first of two New England championships adding a second title in 1978.  In the 1978 championship, Switzer’s team won 15 of the 18 events, set 5 New England records, and outscored the second place team by 336 points. During this period, the Black Bears won 5 Yankee Conference crowns until the conference dissolved.

-Seeking the next level of competition, the Black Bears competed at the prestigious Eastern Seaboard Swimming and Diving Championship from1979-84. Following the 1984 season, Maine competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships until 1988 when they again competed in the New England championship meet until Switzer’s retirement after the 1990 season.

-Coach Switzer became Plymouth State University’s (N.H.) head swimming and diving coach in 1991 and continues to this day.

-In 2001 he was elected to the University of Maine’s Sports Hall of Fame.

-He also holds a diving leadership position for divers competing at the New England Championship.