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|DAVE FRITZ- Head Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Coach|
1994 Grove City College graduate, Dave Fritz is in his 12th season as
Grove City College’s head men’s swimming and diving coach. Under his
direction, Grove City has returned to the national spotlight as one of
the nation’s premier small-college programs.
Grove City has captured the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title five times in the last six
seasons. Overall, he has led the Wolverines to six conference championships.
In 2007, two Grove City swimmers earned NCAA Division III championships as Tim Whitbeck won the national title in the 50 free and Caleb Courage repeated as national champion in the 100 free.
Five years ago, 11 Grove City swimmers earned NCAA Division III All-America distinction as the Wolverines placed sixth in the team standings at the NCAA Championships. During the 2008-09 regular season, Grove City went 12-2 overall and won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title for the second straight season.
In 2010, Fritz guided Grove City to an 11-2 overall record and a third straight conference title. Eight Wolverine swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships. Fourteen men’s swimmers have earned NCAA All-America honors during his tenure as head coach. In 2006, Courage became Grove City’s first men’s swimmer to earn a national title.
Fritz has guided Grove City to a 98-42 overall dual-meet record, including a College-record 15 victories during the 2006-07 season. In 2006-07, Grove City posted victories over eventual NCAA Division III champion Kenyon, perennial power Case Western Reserve, NCAA Division I institution Butler and archrival Westminster.
In his second season as head coach, 2003-04, Fritz led Grove City to the PAC championship, along with a 6-3 dual-meet record.
Fritz is a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and has served as a collegiate and scholastic water polo official. He has been awarded the ASCA’s Certificate of Excellence seven times. He has also earned Level Four certification from the ASCA.
He is also in his fifth season as Grove City’s head women’s swimming and diving coach. He has guided the women’s team to four conference titles. Last year, Grove City’s women’s team posted its best-ever finish at the NCAA Division III Championships by placing ninth nationally. Grove City placed 10th in the team standings in 2012 after taking 11th nationally in each of the previous two seasons.
He owns a 43-20 dual-meet record as women’s head coach. His combined record is 141-65 (.685).
Fritz spent eight seasons as head coach of Grove City’s women’s water polo squad. In the spring of 2002, Fritz directed the women’s team to a 7-11 mark after taking over on an interim basis. In 2007, Fritz led the women’s water polo team to a program-record 18 victories and a fifth-place finish at the Collegiate III National Championships.
In 2008, Fritz guided Grove City to a fifth-place finish at the Collegiate III Championships in New London, Conn., as the Wolverines finished 13-12 overall. Six Grove City water polo players earned All-America honors under his guidance.
He 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.