Penn State Names Dan Carrington as Associate Head Coach

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Penn State Names Dan Carrington as Associate Head Coach

Penn State hired Dan Carrington as an associate head coach on Tuesday, bringing the veteran coach over after six seasons at Florida State.

Carrington arrived at Florida State after two seasons at Miami (Ohio) as an assistant and two stints at Duke University. He joins the staff of head coach Tim Murphy.

“I’m excited to work with Coach Murphy and his staff in their pursuit of excellence,” Carrington said in a university statement. “The entire Penn State athletic department is well prepared to achieve greatness. My wife and I grew up in Big Ten country, and we’re excited to return and show our daughters, Grace and Liana, all about the traditions and success.”

Carrington focused primarily on the distance group at Florida State, whose men’s team was ranked at the end of each of his six seasons in Tallahassee. He mentored six All-Americans and six ACC gold medalists there. He also coordinated Florida State’s recruiting efforts.

Carrington graduated from Ball State in 2002. He worked outside the pool as a chemist for several years.

In the coaching ranks, he started at Duke for the 2007-08 season, in addition to work at the Durham YMCA and other school teams. He was the head coach at Southwestern University in Texas from 2009-11, leading the team to a pair of SCAC titles and its first NCAA automatic qualifier. He won the ASCA Award of Excellence in 2011.

He returned to Duke, where he led 12 swimmers to All-ACC status from 2011-14. It culminated with the first women’s relay to automatically qualify for NCAAs in school history in 2013-14.

“We are excited to welcome Dan Carrington and his family to the Penn State swimming and diving program,” Murphy said. Dan brings a wealth of experience to our staff and will provide the necessary leadership for our student-athletes to achieve success both in and out of the pool.”

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Melissa Kling
2 months ago

He is an awesome coach! He will be greatly missed! He had an infectious laugh and encourages every athlete. Congratulations on hiring an amazing coach!

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