WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University men’s and women’s swimming head coach Bill Snape has resigned from his post for personal reasons after serving eight years with the program he helped to build from the ground up to a championship level. Snape will remain on as Coordinator of Swimming Operations to help the new head coach with scheduling, recruiting, training and consulting.
“Bill has done wonders for our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program during his eight wonderful years with Gallaudet University,” said GU Director of Athletics Michael Weinstock. “We thank Bill for all he has done to help build this program and turn it into a championship caliber one. Bill will still be around the teams, which is great to know because his knowledge and experience is invaluable to our athletics program and the many, many student-athletes he has influenced over the years. We wish Bill all the best with his future plans.”
Snape leaves behind a swimming and diving program that has won three conference titles in the past two years and will enter the 2012-13 season as the two-time North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) champions on the men’s side. The young women’s team placed third overall at the recent conference championships after capturing the NEAC title in 2010-11. Gallaudet has been apart of the NEAC for the past two seasons, prior the Bison competed in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
“I am excited and grateful to remain a part of the Gallaudet Athletics family. While I obviously will not have day-to-day on the deck involvement with the team as I did in the past, I will continue to help oversee training, meet schedule and recruitment with the new coaching staff,” said Snape. “My goal is quite simply to further build upon the program's successes to reach even greater heights. I will always wear buff and blue with tremendous pride.”
Snape was named the NEAC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year twice (2010-11, 2011-12), NEAC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year once (2010-11) and was the CAC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year once (2007-08). Over the course of the past two seasons he coached the two-time NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year in senior Brian Bennett (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 2011 NEAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year in Carlisle Robinson and 2012 NEAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year in freshman Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden). In the two seasons in the NEAC, the Bison swimming program has earned 50 all-conference honors (29 men’s honors, 21 women’s honors). Gallaudet has amassed an impressive total on the first team with 24 (13 men’s, 11 women’s). Robinson was the lone Bison to earn all-conference honors in the CAC when she was honored for the 200 butterfly in 2009.
Snape’s swimming teams have been record setters during his time at Kendall Green. The men’s swimming program has broken every single school record in the past eight seasons, 20 records total (15 individual, five relays), under Snape’s watch. The women’s swimming program, steep in tradition, has broken nine records total (seven individual, two relays), with Snape as the head coach. The grand total of all of the record set and broken during Snape’s career at GU is larger than 29 because some records were broken several times.
Snape will still continue his role as Head Coach and Assistant Director of United States Deaf Swimming.