CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Gallaudet University men's and women's swimming coach Bill Snape has been named the new United States Deaf Swimming (USDA) Head Coach and will oversee the national teams at the 2011 World Deaf Swimming Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, and the 2013 Summer Deaflympic Games in Athens, Greece. This is a four-year appointment for Snape.
“I am truly honored to be the next United States Deaf Swimming National Team Head Coach,” said Snape, who is also the Assistant Director of the USDS and previously served as its Director. “We have the talent in the United States to compete at the highest level. The challenge is to channel that talent into Deaflympic gold, something we have lacked the last few years.”
This is the second time Snape has coached the USDS national program as he served in the same capacity at the 2007 United States Deaf World Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. Snape is an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity and a practicioner-in-residence at the American University Law School.
“Coach Snape is a terrific selection to lead the national deaf swimming program. I know he is capable in helping the United States bring home many medals in 2011 and 2013. This is great for the Gallaudet University athletics program to be represented on the national and international level,” said GU Director of Athletics Michael Weinstock.
Snape just completed his sixth season as the head coach of the Gallaudet swimming program. The Bison finished sixth in the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference men’s and women’s championships last month in St. Mary’s (Md.) College. The 2009-10 Gallaudet women’s swimming team finished with a 5-7 record, the best dual meet record in 20 years. The 2008 CAC Coach of the Year has coached two all-conference swimmers and has seen over 50 program records broken in his tenure.
The first order of business for Snape is to evaluate talent at the United States Deaf National Team tryouts scheduled for July 17-18, 2010, in San Fernando, Calif. Snape encourages all deaf swimmers, young and old as well as fast and beginner, to attend this summer’s swim festival.
US Deaf Swimming, Inc., is based out of Chatsworth, Calif., and is run by its Director, Dale T. Parker, a former All-American swimmer at University of Mary Washington and a Deaflympian swimmer. Parker still holds the 100-yard breaststroke record in the Capital Athletic Conference set in 2006. For more information about the USDS please visit its Web site www.unitedstatesdeafswimming.org.