|Dave Fritz A 1994 Grove City College graduate, Dave Fritz is in his ninth season as Grove City College's head men's swimming and diving coach and second as head women's swimming and diving coach. Under his direction, Grove City has returned to the national spotlight as one of the nation's premier small-college programs.
In 2006-07, two Grove City swimmers earned NCAA Division III Championships as Tim Whitbeck won the national title in the 50 free and Caleb Courage repeated as national champion in the 100 free. Their efforts helped Grove City place ninth nationally at the NCAA Championships, the program's best-ever finish at the Division III Championships.
In 2008-09 after a year away from Grove City training for Olympic Trials, Courage returned to Grove City and led the team to a sixth place finish highlighted by a new NCAA record in the 100 free.
Last season, Fritz guided the Grove City men to their third consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title and a 12-2 dual meet record. The women also successfully defended their title. More impressively, though, in his first season leading the women the team earned their highest NCAA ranking as six women earned All American and finished 11th as a team.
A total of twenty Grove City swimmers have earned NCAA All-America honors during his tenure as head coach. In 2006, Courage became Grove City's first men's swimmer to earn a national title. Grove City placed 13th as a team at the NCAA Championships that season.
Fritz has guided Grove City to an 89-21 overall dual-meet record, including a College-record 15 victories during the 2006-07 season. During hs tenure Grove City has posted multiple victories over NCAA Division III champion Kenyon, perennial power Case Western Reserve, NCAA Division I institutions Butler and Canisius, and archrival Westminster.
In his second season as head coach, 2003-04, Fritz guided Grove City to the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship, his first of five. He has helped Grove City extend its streak of consecutive winning seasons to 59.
Fritz is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and has served as a collegiate and scholastic water polo official. He has been awarded the ASCA's Certificate of Excellence six times. He has also earned Level Four certification from the ASCA.
Fritz was also head coach of Grove City's women's water polo squad from 2002-2009. In the spring of 2002, Fritz directed the women's team to a 7-11 mark after taking over on an interim basis. In 2007, Fritz led the women's water polo team to a program-record 18 victories and a fifth-place finish at the Collegiate III National Championships. The women were invited to the national championship tournament seven times during his eight seasons as head coach. Seven Grove City water polo players have earned All-America honors under his guidance.
He owns master's degrees from both Duquesne University and Slippery Rock University. Fritz lives in Slippery Rock with his wife Tammy, daughters Emily and Mary, and sons Hayden and Harrison.
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