HEAD COACH CATHY JACOBS
Cathy Jacobs enters her 19th season as Grove City College's head women's swimming and diving coach. She joined the Grove City athletic staff in 1988, the first season of intercollegiate women's swimming and diving at Grove City.
Jacobs owns a 122-80 record in 18 seasons as Grove City's head coach. Under her guidance, Grove City has captured six Presidents' Athletic Conference championships.
In the program's first two seasons, Grove City posted a 6-15 combined record. But in 1990-91, the program's third year, Grove City posted nine dual-meet victories and its first Presidents' Athletic Conference title. Two years later, Grove City capped an 11-1 season by winning its second PAC title.
As the 1990s progressed, Grove City continued its dominance of the PAC by winning four consecutive league crowns. During that four-year span between 1995-99, Grove City posted a combined 35-10 record in dual meets. Grove City assembled nine consecutive winning seasons during the decade.
Jacobs also coached three-time NCAA Division III butterfly champion Peggy Whitbeck from 2001-04, helping Whitbeck accumulate eight NCAA All-America citations in her career. In all, Jacobs has coached five swimmers who have achieved NCAA All-America distinction. She has earned the American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence four times as head coach.
A native of McComb, Miss., Jacobs is also Grove City's women's tennis coach. In 16 years as women's tennis coach, Jacobs has directed Grove City to 16 PAC titles. She has compiled a 122-34 record at Grove City.
Jacobs earned her bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation from Delta State (Miss.) in 1983. She added her master's degree from Delta State in 1986. She is also the College's Director of Aquatics and is an assistant professor of physical education.
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