Swimming & Diving will return to JCC
Special to the OBSERVER
Jamestown Community College has announced the return of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs for the 2020-21 intercollegiate athletic season.
Todd Conklin has been named head coach by JCC athletics and recreation director George Sisson.
“We wanted to bring swimming and diving back to JCC,” said Sisson. “Todd was hired earlier this year as the coordinator of recreation and he has a strong background in swimming and diving.”
Conklin swam competitively, specializing in the butterfly and backstroke, at Panama Central School and Salem-Teikyo University, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school in West Virginia.
For the past 20 years he has coached at all levels of swimming, including the STAR program and other youth programs.
He also served as coach of the Panama Central School boy’s and girl’s varsity swimming and diving teams for 11 seasons, building a powerhouse in the Southern Tier. Conklin coached the girl’s team to four Chautauqua-Cattaraugus County Athletic Association championships, a Class C sectional team runner-up finish, and a league championship. Conklin helped guide the boy’s team to a league championship, two Class C sectional titles, a sectional championships, and numerous county championships, while also having five swimmers compete at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to coach at the college level,” said Conklin. “We’re fortunate to have several successful high school swim teams in the area who are led by great coaches.”
Conklin hopes to inspire that same success at JCC as he begins building next season’s roster.
“Bringing back the swimming and diving program gives students the chance to compete at the collegiate level,” said Conklin, “and it provides another opportunity for them to excel as student athletes.”
Conklin plans to recruit at least eight and as many as 12 competitors for each team.