Mark Davin Out as Head Coach at American University
In May 2021, shortly after the end of their 2020-2021 season, the American University announced that former head coach Mark Davin would be leaving his swimming program. The school has promoted the program’s former assistant coach Garland Bartlett to the new interim head coach.
The University has yet to release any information regarding the reasons for the change in coaches or the circumstances surrounding Davin’s departure from the program. Davin finished the 2020-2021 season with the Eagles at the Patriot League Challenge Meet in mid-April, and the sports department announced that Davin will be off the schedule on April 27.
The 2020-2021 season marked former head coach Mark Davin’s 25th season with the American University swimming and diving program. Their website remains complementary to Davin on his team’s bio page. They claim that Davin “embodies the American university ideal of creating a program to attract and support student-athletes who embody both students and athletes of the term.”
Throughout Davin’s time with the Eagle program, 115 individual conference and relay titles were won by American University swimmers and divers. The university participates in the Patriot League, where it has maintained its membership since the 2001-2002 season.
His list of accomplishments continues. Davin has coached two All-Americans, two Olympians, 30 Academic All-Americans and 10 Olympic Trials qualifiers. His individual accolades include two CAA Coach of the Year awards (2000 and 2001) and a Patriot League Coach of the Year award in 2002.
Also during his tenure, 331 athletes were appointed on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. For seven semesters, Davin’s athletes achieved the highest possible honors, earning their team the honors of having the highest team GPA of any other swim and diving program in the Division. I of the NCAA. These accomplishments reflect Davin’s commitment to âthe development of the complete student-athleteâ.
Although the university has yet to comment on the specifics of the coaching change so far, it has published a brief statement from athletic director Dr Billy Walker regarding the decision:
â’We thank Mark for his long time commitment and many contributions to our men’s and women’s swimming and diving programsâ¦ Mark has led the American University of Swimming and Diving to many successes. We certainly wish him good luck in his future endeavors.
Before landing his new job, Garland Bartlett served as an assistant coach with the program under Davin. She was first hired prior to the 2016-2017 season and has worked continuously with the program since. The team’s website states that if Bartlett “works with all aspects of the Eagles’ swimming and diving program, âshe specializes in distance freestyle events.
During her personal swimming career, Bartlett also specialized in distance freestyle events. She swam collegially for Franklin & Marshall College. Bartlett graduated from Franklin and Marshall in 2012 with a degree in American Studies. Prior to graduating from the American University swimming program, she spent one season as an assistant coach at the College of New Jersey, two seasons at Trinity College and one season at Middlebury College. She came to America after her stint in Middlebury. While there, she supported the program by qualifying four swimmers for the NCAA Division III Championships.
The Eagle’s final season almost ended prematurely after the Patriot League Championships, which run April 21-24, were canceled. Instead of the originally planned championship, Bucknell University chose to host a tri-competition comprising their program, the American University swimming and diving teams and the Loyola Marymount program.
Numerous all-time Top 16 times were posted at the Patriot League Challenge competition, which would become Mark Davin’s final meeting as head coach of the American University swim team. . Some school registers were broken on the women’s side, including Mimi Watt’s new record of 200 flies of 1: 59.71, record of 100 flies of 53.71 and record of 50 free flights of 23.15. Several women and men have achieved some of the best times in the history of the program. However, both teams took third place in the tri-meet.