FAIRMONT—1993 Grafton High School graduate Patrick Snively, who enters his 20th season as the Fairmont State head men’s’ and women’s’ swimming coach, was recently named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Board of Directors.
Snively will serve as one of two representatives among NCAA Division II coaches. He fills a position left vacant by Jeff Hegle of Saint Cloud State who just completed his third two-year term. The other Division II coaching representative is served by Heidi Voigt of Northern Michigan.
Also elected were Fresno State head coach Jeanne Fleck and Illinois Wesleyan head coach Teresa Fish. Cincinnati head coach Mandy DiSalle was named President-Elect and Purdue Assistant Athletic Director Brad Boswell will serve in a newly-created administrative position on the board.
The nine-member Board of Directors is voted upon each year at the CSCAA convention, but due to the current coronavirus epidemic, voting was held virtually. The board is made up of two members from each division, one diving representative, one at-large representative, and one administrative representative. A five-member executive board also assists the CSCAA’s professional staff in the guidance of several committees and advisory groups.
“I’m excited to get to work with this group,” said Snively. “We’ve already had a couple of brain-storming sessions and it has been energizing to see how invested everyone is in not only preserving our sport, but growing it. I have always felt that swimming and diving is pretty unique in that coaches are always willing to share and help even their competitors excel, but it is even more apparent now when everyone is struggling just a bit more. The idea sharing, planning, and support shown by coaches all over the country has been incredible and the CSCAA has fostered a good bit of this collegiality.”
Snively also detailed his other roles that he looks to grow within the organization.
“The work groups I signed on for are of particular interest to me,” he stated. “I want to continue to foster this growth and I think working with the convention and mentoring groups will help with this growth. I am particularly excited about the Centennial work group because of the history. The CSCAA is the oldest college coaches association and is almost 100 years old. I am looking forward to celebrating that rich history and finding unique ways to do so.”
Founded in 1922, the CSCAA was the nation’s first association for intercollegiate coaches of any sport. The CSCAA works to serve and provide leadership for the advancement of swimming and diving on the collegiate level.