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Coach Switzer inducted into UMO Hall/Fame

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's women's swimming and diving coach has received one of the highest honors from the University of Maine Orono. Alan Switzer, who is in his 11th season as PSC's coach, will be inducted into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame this Friday, Oct. 19th. Switzer coached the Black Bears men's swimming and diving team from its inception in 1971 until 1990. Switzer will be one of six people being inducted this weekend. The festivities include a banquet Friday evening as well as recognition on Saturday during the Homecoming football game against Villanova. This year's group of inductees runs the total number in the 15-year-old Hall of Fame to 102. "I am thrilled and honored to be inducted into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame," said Switzer. "It has been a privilege to be able to touch the lives of so many young men and women in the coaching profession."

During his 19 seasons with the Black Bears, Switzer compiled a record of 139-61 with two New England Division I Championships in 1976 and 1978. From 1979-84, UMaine competed in the Eastern Seaboard Swimming and Diving Championships and then competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships through 1989. Switzer coached James Smoragiewicz, who was elected into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. Switzer has had similar success in his 10 seasons coaching the women at Plymouth State. He has led the Panthers to a 63-35 record, and enjoyed seven straight winning seasons from 1992-99. Switzer has guided the Panthers to several strong individual and team performances at the New England Division III Championships. "We are extremely proud of Al, both with the work he does at Plymouth State and for his induction into the UMaine Hall of Fame," said PSC athletic director John P. Clark. "We congratulate him, and the University of Maine for selecting him for this esteemed honor. He has been an outstanding coach, and an excellent role model for young men and women."