Edward Hefferon Hired as Colgate Diving Coach

HAMILTON, New York, September 13. COLGATE University director of athletics David Roach and head swimming and diving coach Stephen Jungbluth have announced the hiring of Edward Hefferon as an assistant coach. Hefferon will assist Jungbluth in all aspects of the swimming and diving program, with his main focus being on coaching Colgate's divers.

"Colgate is extremely fortunate that Ed Hefferon has agreed to become our diving coach," Jungbluth said. "His enthusiasm for the sport will be infectious. His passion for a team atmosphere is exactly in line with my vision for the program."

Hefferon comes to Colgate from Cheshire, Conn., where he served as an assistant diving coach for the CT Elite Diving program. During his time as assistant coach, Hefferon coached the 2007 third-place finisher at the LL Division meet, as well as the State Open's fifth-place finisher. Hefferon also trained the 2007 SWC High School Champion and two SWC qualifiers. In 2007, his team was undefeated and broke pool and league season records.

Prior to his time with CT Elite, Hefferon was the aquatics coordinator at the Woodruff, Conn., YMCA. His duties included pool maintenance, lifeguard scheduling, swimming instruction, payroll management, and hiring new staff.

Hefferon was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While at UMass, Hefferon was a three-time NCAA qualifier. He holds the school records in both the 3-meter (11 dives) and 1-meter (6 dives) competitions. He placed in the top five at the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship all four years in both events.

Hefferon graduated from UMass in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in communications. He begins his duties at Colgate immediately.

Special thanks to Colgate for contributing this report.