Swimming and Diving Names Dan Carrington as Associate Head Coach


UNIVERSITY PARKDan Carrington has been named an associate head coach for Penn State swimming and diving, head coach Tim Murphy announced Tuesday. Carrington comes to Penn State after serving as an assistant coach for the last six seasons at Florida State.

Murphy on Carrington: “We are excited to welcome Dan Carrington and his family to the Penn State swimming and diving program. Dan brings a wealth of experience to our staff and will provide the necessary leadership for our student-athletes to achieve success both in and out of the pool.”

Carrington on joining Penn State swimming and diving: “I’m excited to work with Coach Murphy and his staff in their pursuit of excellence. The entire Penn State athletic department is well prepared to achieve greatness. My wife and I grew up in Big Ten country, and we’re excited to return and show our daughters, Grace and Liana, all about the traditions and success.”

Carrington Bio: In his tenure at Florida State, the men were ranked in the final poll every season (No. 21-2021-22, No. 16-2020-21, No. 14-2019-20, No. 22-2018-19, No. 20-2017-18 and No. 21-2016-17) with the women ranked No. 25-2020-21 and receiving votes several other years.

Carrington primarily coached the distance group and instructed with a big focus on technique, which includes the use of video feedback and personalization of stroke for each swimmer. In total, he helped the school produce six All-Americans, six ACC gold medals and 25 ACC podium performances.

Serving as the recruiting coordinator, FSU consistently secured top recruiting classes, including the eighth-ranked women’s class according to swimswam.com for the 2018-19 season.

Carrington was as an assistant coach for Miami (Ohio) University the previous two seasons, following a second stint at Duke.

While at Duke, Carrington helped 12 swimmers achieve All-ACC status from 2011-2014, in addition to qualifying athletes for the NCAA Championships. Under his guidance, the 2013-14 women’s team became the first NCAA automatically qualified relay (200 Medley Relay) in school history.

Carrington also served as the head coach at Southwestern University from 2009-11 in Georgetown Texas, where he helped produce the first SCAC champion in two seasons and first NCAA automatic qualifier and All-American in school history.

In 2011, Carrington earned the ASCA Award of Excellence, which is an honor that recognizes those coaches who coach a swimmer to a top-eight finish at one or several USA national championships.

His first stint at Duke came in the 2007-08 season, which was his first collegiate job.

In addition, Carrington served as the site director and coach at the Durham YMCA and was an assistant and age group coach for Delaware Community Schools and Yorktown High School.

Carrington earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State in 2002. In addition to his coaching experience, he served as an Associate at Biogen Idec from 2013-2014 and was a QC Chemist for Eisai from 2011-2013.

Carrington and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Grace and Liana.

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