May 2, 2008

Dave Rider To Retire

BLOOMSBURG-- Bloomsburg University women's swim coach Dave Rider has announced his retirement from coaching effective at the end of the school year.

Rider, who recently completed his 22nd season as head coach, posted a career record of 142-78-1. This past season the Huskies finished 5-4 giving Rider and his team's a winning record in 20 of his 22 seasons as head coach. Rider was also honored by the coaches of the PSAC by being named the PSAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year for 2007-08.

Athletic director Mary Gardner wished Rider all the best in retirement.

"Dave has been a devoted member of our coaching staff for a long time and everyone here at Bloomsburg wishes him the best," said Gardner, who Rider took over for back in 1986. "He has served this institution well as both a faculty member and coach."

Rider has coached 53 different swimmers to 97 All-American honors and multiple relay teams to PSAC championships. Nearly all of the Bloomsburg University swimming records have been set during Rider's coaching era with Dianna Smith setting the last of the marks when she established a new record in the 100-free event at this year's PSAC championships. Smith went on to earn honorable mention All-American honors in both the 100- and 200-free events.

Rider received his bachelor's degree in Near East archaeology from the University of Chicago in 1968 and was a member of the school's varsity swimming and water polo teams. His physical education certification was awarded in 1973 at Slippery Rock and his Master of Science degree in sports sciences from Indiana (PA).

He is certified by the Red Cross in standard swimming and first aid. In addition, he is a life guard instructor, CPR instructor and water safety instructor.

Rider holds memberships in the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches' Association and is a past president of the Pennsylvania High School Swimming Coaches Association. Rider is also a member of the Bloomsburg University faculty.

His son, Andrew, is a 2001 graduate of Bloomsburg University and was a four-year member of the men's swim team.

Dave Rider in Action

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