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Sun, Apr. 14, 2013 - [Swimming M&W]

By José Larios, Athletic Director
Emmanuel College is proud to announce the hiring of former NCAA Division II swim head coach Allen Gilchrest to lead the Lions' new intercollegiate swim program.

With collegiate coaching positions that include Hamilton College, Bethany College, Washington College, University of Maryland, Limestone College and the University of Wyoming, Gilchrest has coached 34 NCAA All-Americans, 13 Olympic trials qualifiers, four NCAA national champions, and one NCAA national record (NCAA Div. II 200 free relay).

"Emmanuel College is excited about bringing Coach Gilchrest on board," EC's athletic director José Larios says. "His strong history in recruiting, leading and teaching young men and women in and out of the pool separated him from many other candidates. Most importantly, Allen gets it—he understands very clearly our mission of using these athletic platforms as a privileged opportunity to share Christ's love."
Coach Gilchrest says he is looking forward to the opportunity to begin and build the Lion's new swim program at Emmanuel College.
"First, I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for this new leadership/coaching position," Coach Gilchrest says. "Second, I would like to thank President Stewart, athletic director José Larios and those who met with me during my interview process for giving me this amazing opportunity. It is my privilege and honor to lead and guide the student athletes of Emmanuel College through their collegiate career for God's glory!"

His USA Swimming club and high school coaching stops include the Clinton Cudas Aquatics (N.Y.), Shomen Aquatics (Md.), Maverick Aquatics (Md.), Badfish Aquatics (N.C.) and Charlotte Country Day High School (N.C.). He has also coached hundreds of age-group swimmers, including two high school state championship teams.

Gilchrest is originally from Rahway, N.J., where he swam competitively four years for Rahway High School and the Rahway Rapids YMCA Swim Team breaking seven high school and seven YMCA swim records. In college, he swam competitively two years for Kutztown University and two years for Rowan University breaking two Kutztown school records and three Rowan school records.

He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Rowan University in 1999 and his master's degree in U.S. history fromWashington College in 2003. He is married to Liz Gilchrest, a former NCAA Div. I basketball player at the University of Maryland.

Men's and women's swim teams begin competing next year along with EC's other new teams in water polo and bowling. For more information about the swim program or nearly 30 other sports offerings at EC, please email agilchrest@ec.edu or visit www.goeclions.com.