By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College men’s and women’s swimming teams will start off their upcoming season with new assistant coach Warren Dolben.
Dolben was named assistant coach in mid-August, which was announced by Head Coach Kim Lessard. Dolben brings along beneficial experience to both teams.
Dolben graduated from Alfred University where he won a conference championship in the 100 backstroke in 57.33 seconds in his last season. The passion for swimming came early for Dolben. He started swimming at the age of five.
Dolben comes to Washington College from Kings College where he was also the assistant coach of the men and women’s swim teams.
“I got into coaching in college because I was interested in possibly pursuing the career in the collegiate realm. I started off coaching for the club team in my college town in Alfred, N.Y. – Kanakadea Valley Aquatic Club. This gave me a little taste for it, and I decided to continue to go this route when I graduated. Last year I was hired as an assistant at King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pa.”
Through coaching ties at King’s College, Dolben was able to find the coaching position here at Washington College. “My boss there, head coach Matt Easterday, started off his coaching career here at Washington College and I was lucky enough to get the position,” Dolben said.
“I’m very happy to have gotten it, as it is a highly esteemed college program.” Dolben said.
Dolben brings a very passionate attitude to the swimming program at Washington College. To describe coaching he said, “I like coaching because it allows me to give back to the sport of swimming and help people advance themselves in a positive way. It’s rewarding to be with athletes through a journey, (a season of swimming), and to see them improve at the end of the season.”
The Washington College men’s and women’s swimming team look to do just that. Many swimmers have felt the positive energy brought along from coach Dolben. Junior Catelyn McMenamin has really enjoyed the addition Dolben brings to the program. “Coach Warren’s first year is going really well. He brings a really positive energy to the team and is always excited about practice. He offers great advice and tips for us to improve,” McMenamin said.
Seniors Greg Lee and Steven Bilinski both feel Dolben will have a huge impact on the swimming program. “He is going to be a key player in the success of our team and I’m excited to see what he brings to Washington College swimming” said Bilinski.
“He is already getting along with the team and motivating us to work hard every day,” said Lee.
Coach Dolben looks to fill the shoes of former assistant coach Jillian Hancock. He is looking to help the swimming program improve as a whole. With the swimming season on the verge of opening anticipation is high and the program is looking to stride the right way from the beginning. Dolben will be a huge help in doing this.
The mens and womens team’s next meet will take place on Nov. 8 at home against Gettysburg at 1 p.m. On the men’s side, the Bullets have won four straight CC titles and were picked as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 title, receiving six first place votes. The Shoremen were picked to finish second in the conference.