Veteran Hiram swim coach Jack Groselle resigns

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Record-Courier staff report

Longtime Hiram College swimming and diving head coach Jack Groselle announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Groselle had spent a combined 22 years coaching the Terriers, leading the program in two separate stints from 1988-95 and 1999-2014.

"It has been my honor to represent the Hiram College swimming program for parts of the past three decades as a swimmer, assistant coach and head coach," said Groselle.

"I've been very proud of the fact that my teams have traditionally attracted extraordinary student-athletes, who were a good fit for Hiram both academically and athletically."

Hiram College athletic director Ellen Dempsey voice her appreciation for Groselle's tenure.

"Jack has had a long and storied career as both a swimmer and coach for Hiram College Swimming," Dempsey said. "The contributions that Jack and the Groselle family have made to Hiram College swimming will forever be a part of the Hiram swimming legacy and will not be forgotten."

Groselle graduated from Hiram College in 1976 and was a Division III national champion in the 50-meter freestyle in 1976. Twice he was an All-American and was also named the Presidents' Athletic Conference in 1976. He also captured numerous conference championship event titles, including being a four-time champion in the 100-yard freestyle.

Groselle held as many as six school records during his collegiate days and currently still owns the school record in the 50-yard freestyle (21.20 seconds), which he set in 1975.

Groselle's coaching tenure produced numerous all-conference swimmers, two Swimmers of the Year and five national qualifiers and All-Americans.

Groselle was named Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times in 1991 (men), 1994, 1995 and 2006 (women).

Additionally, all three of Groselle's children are alum of Hiram -- John (Class of 2003), Jason (2004) and Beth (2006).

Beth was a 12-time individual All-American and a two-time OAC Swimmer of the Year.

"The opportunity to coach my kids and to see my daughter, Beth, win a national championship, are memories I will always cherish," Groselle said. "But what I will remember most will be the privilege I've had to work closely with my swimmers and see them mature, both as student-athletes and as young adults."

In addition to coaching, Groselle continued to compete as a swimmer in USA Master's Swimming and has set over 30 world and national records, including setting two world records this year alone. He is also the oldest person to swim in the United States Open Championships and Sectionals for U.S.A. Swimming and competed in the FINA (Federa­tion of International Athletics) Masters' Swim Meet in Palo Alto, Calif., on the campus of Stanford University, winning four gold medals and setting two world records.

"Hiram College has been a huge part of my life for almost four decades," Groselle said. "There is nothing I wouldn't do for my alma mater. While I step away from the duties as head coach, I'm excited about new opportunities which will allow me to continue to enhance the experience for our students.

"I am a lifelong resident of Hiram and will continue on as a member of the Hiram College community," said Groselle. "I look forward now to making a contribution from a different role, that of Swim Coach Emeritus, and to being active with the Hollinger Hall of Fame, Terrier Club, Day with Hiram and with helping my successor to be successful in any way I can."

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