Article Written By Brigitte Rec
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As Roanoke College prepares to make room for their new Maroons Swim Team arriving in fall 2017, the college has proudly hired Scott Thacker as their first men and women’s swim coach to blaze the trail.
A 29 year old Lynchburg native and lifelong swimmer, Scott Thacker holds an impressive resume of aquatic accomplishments. He began his college career at Florida State University in 2006 was a dedicated member of the Seminole’s swim team for four years. During his time in the water, he qualified for the NCAA, earned All-ACC honors his senior year, and set two FSU swim records as the breaststroke leg in the 200 and 400-meter relay. A few years after Thacker graduated, he competed in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2012 Olympic Trials, which also marked the end of his swimming career.
Since his last race in 2012, Scott has shared his knowledge of the sport by coaching at multiple YMCA’s across the state of Virginia. Beginning his coaching career at the Greater Richmond YMCA, Thacker found his niche after he led the team to 125 team records, helped qualify six swimmers for YMCA Nationals, coached three athletes for the 2013 NCSA Junior National Championship, and trained one swimmer to YMCA All-American status.
Over the course of his time at the Greater Richmond, Lynchburg, and Waynesboro YMCAs, where he’s spent the past year and a half coaching, Scott has helped swimmers find a home in the water as well as obtain lifelong accomplishments. Some of Thacker’s coaching highlights include training 16 YMCA All-American swimmers, 14 YMCA National qualifiers, six NCSA Junior National Qualifiers, two YMCA National Top-16 finishers, and a USA Swimming Junior National Qualifier.
His personal and coaching accomplishments definitely caught Roanoke College’s eye, however, it’s his experience developing training programs and organizing team travel and competition schedules that highlighted him as the perfect candidate for RC’s Swimming coach position.
Eager to begin his college coaching career, Scott expressed his excitement to Swim Swam, a website dedicated to broadcasting accomplishments of national swimmers, by stating, “My long-term goal was always to make the transition to college coach. Through the interview process, I was very drawn to the environment, very drawn to the mission of Roanoke, the institution as well as the athletics department. I was very excited about the opportunity.”
Very excited and tremendously qualified for the coaching position, Scott Thacker is sure to provide a bright and hopeful future for Roanoke’s newest swim team.