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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 fifth season as
Grove City College's head women's swimming and diving coach. He has
guided the Wolverines to four Presidents' Athletic Conference titles and
four-straight top-11 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Last year, Grove City posted its best-ever finish at the national championships by placing ninth in the team standings. A program-record seven competitors earned NCAA Division III All-America honors. The Wolverines won their fifth-straight league title and 16 athletes earned All-PAC honors.
Angela Palumbo concluded her career as a 21-time NCAA All-American and also became the first two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history.
His first season as Grove City's head coach turned out to be the finest in program history as the Wolverines finished 13-1 overall in 2009-10, captured the Presidents' Athletic Conference title and finished 11th as a team at the NCAA Division III Championships. Six competitors earned NCAA All-America honors in 2010.
Overall, Fritz owns a 43-20 record in dual meets as women’s head coach, including a 16-1 mark in conference action.
Fritz has also coached the College’s men’s swimming and diving team for the past 11 seasons. Under his direction, the men’s team returned to the national spotlight as a premier small-college program.
In 2006-07, 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.
In 2009, 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 regular season, Grove City went 12-2 overall and won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title for the second straight season.
Two years ago, the Wolverines captured their fifth straight conference title and Fritz earned the league’s Coach of the Year award. Sixteen Grove City performers earned All-PAC recognition in 2011-12.
In 2006, Courage became Grove City’s first men’s swimmer to earn a national title.
Fritz has guided Grove City’s men 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.
Fritz spent eight seasons as head coach of Grove City’s women’s water polo squad. 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. The next year, 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.