Passages: Former Wright State Swim Coach Matt Liddy, 50

ENGLEWOOD, Ohio, January 28. MATT Liddy, long-time coach and administrator within the Wright State University Department of Athletics, passed away Monday morning from an apparent heart attack at the age of 50.

Liddy will be remembered through a moment of silence prior to the men's basketball game with UIC on Thursday night. Visitation hours will be Friday from 4-8 pm at the Kindred Funeral Home on Union with the funeral set for Saturday at noon at Precious Blood on Salem. Donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

During his 16-year coaching career, the Raiders won seven conference titles on the men's side, including Horizon League crowns in each of Liddy's final three seasons, and nine on the women's side, including three straight on two separate occasions.

Liddy recorded a combined 228 dual meet wins, developed 170 individual conference champions and 65 conference relay championship teams. He was named the league's Coach of the Year 11 times. In the 14 years that WSU was been part of a conference under Liddy, the women's team never finished lower than second and the men never lower than third.

Liddy served the last four years as an assistant athletics director with the department.

On February 10, 2007, Liddy was inducted into the Al and Mary Schwarz Wright State Athletic Hall of Fame.

An outstanding swimmer himself at Chaminade-Julienne High School, the four-time YMCA national qualifier earned his bachelor's degree in education from Wright State in 1985.

Liddy was the head coach for the Dayton Northwest YMCA before coming back to the Raiders as an assistant coach. While an assistant under WSU Hall of Fame coach Jeff Cavana, Liddy helped guide the Raiders to five Top Ten finishes in NCAA Division II in a three-year span.

Liddy is survived by his three children, Jeremy, Kayleigh and Tyler, and his wife, Lisa.

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