Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00
The Jean Freeman Scholarship is given annually to a male and a female assistant coach in each NCAA division whose exceptional contributions have brought recognition to their college or university, and whose leadership, integrity, honesty, competitive attitude and personal graciousness epitomizes those characteristics reflected by Jean Freeman. The scholarship will provide each of the six selected assistant coaches with the convention fee, transportation and lodging to the annual CSCAA Convention and Clinic.
To apply for the Jean Freeman CSSCA Convention Scholarship:
Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years assistant coaching experience and submit a completed application form. Applications will be reviewed and selections made by a committee of THE SUMMIT (The Summit for Empowering Women in Swimming), a group in which Jean Freeman was a founding member. Selections will be approved and announced by the CSCAA Board of Directors.
Applications should be emailed by February 28, 2014 to:
Or, mail to: Joel Shinofield
Executive Director, CSCAA
1585 Wesleyan Drive, Unit A
Norfolk, VA 23502
2014 Jean Freeman Scholarship Application:
Please include your name, institution, NCAA division, length of coaching in current position along with 1-2 pages describing your coaching philosophy and rationale for consideration for the Jean Freeman Scholarship. You may also include a copy of your current resume.
Jean Freeman was a pioneer in collegiate women’s athletics who served as a mentor and leader to numerous women and men who have gone on to become head swimming coaches in the collegiate ranks. Jean Freeman swam for the Minnesota Gophers from 1968-72 and then went on to serve as an assistant coach with the team for one season before being named as the program’s head coach in 1973. From there, Freeman took the program to new heights and national prominence. During her 31-year tenure in Gold Country, Freeman produced 27 winning seasons; won two Big Ten Championships in 1999 & 2000; won 208 dual meets; coached two National Champions; 14 Big Ten Champions; 175 All Americans; and most of all, enjoyed coaching over 1,000 student-athletes.
Furthermore, Freeman also coached nationally and internationally as well. In 1992, she was the assistant coach on the women’s Junior National Team that won the Quebec Cup; in 1991 she helped coach the West team to a gold medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival; and in 2004 was on the World University Staff for the U.S. team that competed in South Korea. Jean served as the Minnesota senior chair for USA swimming for many years, was a key member of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules and Championship Committee as well as a member of the CSCAA Board of Directors.
Freeman was one of the first full-time female collegiate swimming coaches at the NCAA Division I level. Among her many honors and accolades, Freeman was a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (1984, 1986, 1996, 1999); collected over 20 American Swimming Coaches Certificate of Excellence Awards; and was inducted into the Minnesota Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1999 she was the recipient of the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy, awarded annually by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The award is the highest honor in collegiate swimming coaching and Freeman was the first female to win the award in its 41-year history.
In addition to being a highly successful coach, Jean Freeman was a difference maker in the college swimming community. She showed up, spoke up, and got involved to do what was best for our sport. Her influence can be seen on pool decks across the country where she is remembered by many coaches as a mentor, which is why these scholarships in her honor are such a fitting way to honor her memory.
Monday, 10 February 2014 18:57
I have had the great pleasure of meeting many incredible swimming coaches who have retired from collegiate coaching, but with the final dual meet of their careers now 48 hours past and their final conference and NCAA championships looming in the coming weeks, I’d like to take a moment to thank Wally Morton and Tim Welsh for being true ambassadors for our profession. You can read all about their accomplishments as gauged by wins, conference championships, etc in their respective bios, which are linked at the bottom, but what stands out to me is what they have meant to their athletes, their institutions and their professions.
As Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick said on Saturday "There is no better fit between a coach and a university than Tim Welsh and the University of Notre Dame." He also referenced Coach Welsh's dedication to the values of the University of Notre Dame saying, "He has lived them, taught them and modeled them." Not only has Coach Welsh dedicated himself to his athletes, he has served as a leader in our profession as a member of the CSCAA Board of Directors and as a past president of ASCA. When there are tough issues to address, Tim Welsh provides a frame of reference that is utterly reliable. As Josh Davis commented on the Swimming World article about Coach Welsh’s final dual meet “Coach Welsh is one of the great coaches in collegiate swimming but more importantly he is one of the great human beings in all of swimming. Thank you for your commitment to shaping young men with integrity and excellence!”
As far as I can tell Wally Morton takes nothing for granted, he is thankful for his opportunity to coach at Cleveland State and spent a career as a servant to his athletes and the university. Wally has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Cleveland State and not just for the swimming and diving program. The Robert F. Busbey Charitable Foundation he established gives directly to Cleveland State, including tens of thousands of dollars annually to the CSU Radiance scholarship program that assists over 100 CSU undergraduates who are at risk for dropping out of school because of finances. These scholarships enable students to stay in school and make progress towards their degrees uninterrupted. This is on top of the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has raised for Viking Swimming and Diving scholarships, operation's budget and facility upgrades. Wally has truly paid it forward and as Ohio State Women’s Coach and CSU alumni Bill Dorenkott stated “The true hallmarks of a leader are if they left things better than they found them and will they be missed. Simply put, Wally has made a difference in countless individuals lives. I will always be grateful for having Wally in my life."
Coach Morton and Coach Welsh are tremendous people. As you see them on deck in the coming weeks, please take a moment to thank them for their service to their athletes, their institutions and our sport.
Thank you Coach Morton and Coach Welsh.
Executive Director, CSCAA
For more information on Coach Welsh and Coach Morton:
Friday, 07 February 2014 00:00
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Team Rankings are voted on by a committee of CSCAA member coaches and one member of the media. This is the final poll of the 2013-14 season.
The CSCAA DIII Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 20 best performing NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country.
CSCAA NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Rankings as of February 7, 2014
1. Denison University
2. Kenyon College
3. Emory University
4. Johns Hopkins University
5. Williams College
7. Amherst College
8. The College of New Jersey
10. St. Olaf College
11. (Tie) Stevens Institute of Technology
11. (Tie) University of Chicago
13. Washington University (MO)
14. DePauw University
15. Carnegie Mellon University
16. Keene State College
17. Connecticut College
18. Ithaca College
20. Calvin College
Also receiving votes: Ohio Northern University
1. Emory University
2. Denison University
3. Kenyon College
4. Johns Hopkins University
5. Williams College
7. Washington University (MO)
9. University of Chicago
10. (Tie) Amherst College
10. (Tie) Gustavus Adolphus College
12. Wheaton College (IL)
13. Stevens Institute of Technology
14. Carnegie Mellon University
15. Ithaca College
16. Connecticut College
18. Middlebury College
19. Luther College
20. University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse
Also receiving votes: DePauw University, SUNY-Geneseo, St. Thomas University
CSCAA Division III Team Ranking Committee Regional Chairs:
Beth DeLaRosby, Carthage College; David Fritz, Grove City College; Nikki Kett, Johns Hopkins University; Peter Solomon, Wesleyan University
Scott Felix, Union College; J.P. Gowdy, Pomona-Pitzer; Tony Lisa, Rowan University; Jake Taber, Albion College; Tom Till, Goucher College, John Westkott, United States Coast Guard Academy;
Jason Marsteller, Swimming World Magazine
CSCAA Board of Directors Division III Representatives:
Anne Goodman James, Colorado College; Sean Tedesco, United States Merchant Marine Academy
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00
The CSCAA DI Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Rankings are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets.
CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of February 5, 2014
4. (tie) Southern California
4. (tie) Ohio State
13. North Carolina
17. Florida State
18. Virginia Tech
20. North Carolina State
24. Penn State
25. Louisiana State
Also receiving votes: Notre Dame, Navy, Missouri, Alabama, South Carolina, Northwestern, Denver
CSCAA NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving Team Poll Committee
Chair: Bill Roberts, United States Naval Academy; Chad Craddock, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Braden Holloway, North Carolina State University; Jeff Commings, Swimming World Magazine; McGee Moody, University of South Carolina; Vic Riggs, West Virginia University; Dan Ross, Purdue University; Brian Schrader, University of Denver; Dorsey Tierney-Walker, Arizona State University
Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Team Rankings are voted on by seven CSCAA member coaches and one member of the media. This is the final DII Ranking for the 2013-14 season.
The CSCAA Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country.
CSCAA NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Ranking as of January 31, 2014
(Current Rank, school, previous rank)
1. Drury, 1
2. Queens (Charlotte), 2
3. Wayne State, 17
4. Simon Fraser, T6
5. UC San Diego, T6
6. Wingate, 3
7. Florida Southern, T4
8. Delta State, T4
T9. Grand Valley State, 9
T9. Cal Baptist, 14
11. LIU Post, 11
12. West Chester, 8.
13. Indianapolis, 23
T14. Northern Michigan, T15
T14. Lindenwood, 10
16. Alaska Fairbanks, 12
17. Tampa, 13
18. Ashland, 19
19. Nova Southeastern, T15
20. St. Cloud State, 20
21. West Florida, 18
22. Truman State, T21
23. Edinboro, T21
24. Indiana (PA), NR
25. Gannon, 25
Also receiving votes: Cal East Bay, Bridgeport, Southern Connecticut, Limestone, Findlay, Hillsdale
1. Drury, 1
2. Florida Southern, 4
3. Queens (Charlotte), T2
4. Grand Valley State, T2
5. Wingate, 5
T6. Lindenwood, 7
T6. Tampa, 6
8. Wayne State, 18
9. UC San Diego, 8
10. Bridgeport, T10
11. Indianapolis, 12
12. West Chester, 9
13. St. Cloud State, T10
14. Delta State, 15
15. Nova Southeastern, 14
16. Missouri S&T, 13
17. Ashland, 20
18. Limestone, 19
19. Fairmont State, 16
20. Cal Baptist, 17
21. Lewis, 22
22. Malone, 23
23. Saint Leo, 21
24. Simon Fraser, 24
25. Lake Erie, 25
Also receiving votes: Colorado School of Mines, Gannon, Mesa State, Indiana (PA), Ouachita Baptist, Florida Tech, Bloomsburg, LIU Post, Pfeiffer, Wheeling Jesuit, Truman State
CSCAA Division II Team Ranking Committee
Chair: Jimi Kiner, University of Tampa; Andy Boyce, Grand Valley State University; Corrie Falcon, University of California San Diego; Paul Graham, Ashland University; Doug Grooms, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Patrick Snively, Fairmont State University; Kyle Almoney. Millersville University; Jason Marsteller, Swimming World Magazine
Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00
The CSCAA D1 Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Ranking are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets.
CSCAA NCAA Division 1 Women’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of January 30, 2014.
3. Texas A&M
5. Southern California
9. North Carolina
13. (Tie) Louisville
13. (Tie) Minnesota
16. Ohio State
19. Penn State
21. North Carolina State
24. Notre Dame
Also receiving votes: Boise State, Florida State, San Diego State, Utah
CSCAA NCAA Division 1 Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Ranking Committee
Chair: Matt Barany, University of Richmond; Arthur Albiero, University of Louisville; Dan Colella, Duke University; Roric Fink, University of Texas; Naya Higashijima, UCLA; Kristin Hill, Boise State University; Sue Novitsky, University of Illinois; Brian Smith, University of Georgia; Suzanne Yee, Princeton University; Jeff Commings, Swimming World Magazine