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Olney native Michael Stephens was named the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Boston College.
“It is always special when you can hire an alum and Mike embodies everything we were looking for in a head coach,” Athletic Director Martin Jarmond announces in a July 5 press release.
Stephens, who at 26 is the youngest Division 1 swimming and diving head coach in a Power Five conference, according to the university, was named associate head coach in January 2016 and assumed the interim head coach title in December. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after joining the program in July 2013.
“I care deeply about this university and believe greatly in our swimming and diving teams,” Stephens says in a press release. “The opportunity in front of us as a program is extraordinary, and I am grateful to have such a passionate group of student-athletes to work with.’’
Stephens graduated from Boston College with an MBA from the Carroll School of Management in May 2016. He earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Boston College in 2012. A four-time letter winner, he was the captain of team in 2011-2012 and upon graduation he held the 200-medley relay school record and ranked in the top five all-time in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
He was a recipient of the Pawlak Award for Special Recognition in 2012 and the Conway Award for Outstanding Sophomore Swimmer in 2010. He also received the Leadership Award from the Athletic Department in 2011.
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