HEAD COACH DAVE FRITZ

A 1994 Grove City College graduate, Dave Fritz is now in his seventh season as Grove City's head women's water polo coach.

During his first six seasons as head coach, Fritz has transformed the Grove City program from its humble beginnings into one of the top Division III teams in the United States.

In 2007, Fritz directed the Wolverines to their best-ever season as Grove City placed fifth at the season-ending Collegiate III National Championships. Grove City set a new program record with 18 victories, including a 4-3 mark in the rugged Western Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

The 2007 Wolverines set numerous school records while also achieving several milestones. Grove City earned its first-ever win over Western Division rival Gannon and also won the Carthage Invitational with a 6-0 record.

He has coached four All-Americans in water polo, including current senior and three-time All-American Keala Walter. In 2004, goalkeeper Julie Zedaker became the first two-time water polo All-American in program history while her twin sister Jessica became the first Grove City field player to become an All-American that same season.

Fritz took over as head women's water polo coach early in the 2002 season and guided Grove City to a sixth-place finish at the Collegiate III National Championships. Two years later, Grove City won a then-record 17 matches and made its fourth consecutive trip to the national championships.

Fritz is also Grove City's head men's swimming and diving coach. In 2008, he guided Grove City to its 13th Presidents' Athletic Conference title. In six years as head men's swimming and diving coach, Fritz has led Grove City to two conference titles and a 52-16 dual-meet record. He is second all-time in program history in career wins. His .764 win percentage also ranks second.

Seven swimmers have attained NCAA Division III All-America honors under Fritz's guidance, including two-time national champion Caleb Courage and 2007 NCAA 50-yard freestyle champion Tim Whitbeck.

Fritz returned to his alma mater after seven successful seasons as the head boys swimming and diving coach at Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. In that time, Fritz compiled a 67-24-1 (.734) record as the Colts' head coach and also won a pair of section titles. Twenty-nine Chartiers Valley swimmers qualified for the PIAA Championships under his guidance.

He also started the boys and girls varsity water polo programs at Chartiers Valley.

Fritz graduated from Grove City in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics/secondary education. He also owns master's degrees from both Duquesne University and Slippery Rock University.

Fritz lives in Slippery Rock with his wife Tammy, daughters Emily and Mary, and sons Hayden and Harrison.



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