Easterday to step down as swim coach after year

Easterday to step down as swim coach after year

Hiestand to be promoted to head coach for 2010-11

WESTMINSTER, Md. - For the first time in more than three decades, there will be a new Green Terror head swimming coach. McDaniel Director of Athletics Jamie Smith announced on Thursday that 2009-10 will be Kim Easterday's final year with the swim team and nine-year assistant Jeff Hiestand will be promoted to head coach, effective July 1.

"It was our desire that we made this announcement early," Smith said. "It is important for the recruiting process that we make prospective student-athletes aware that there will be consistency in the program and it is definitely his job going forward. We are grateful to Kim for her dedication to McDaniel athletics, especially her many years as head swim coach."

The Dean of Green Terror coaches, Easterday has been at the helm of the swimming program since 1976. Prior to 1999, she was also the women's lacrosse coach for 23 seasons where she guided those teams to a conference championship and 161-102-5 mark before relinquishing those duties to focus solely on swimming.

"It is with mixed emotions that I step down," Easterday said. "Change is always difficult but I know in my heart that it is the right time. I truly cherish all of the wonderful relationships and memories from the past 34 years. I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement especially my family and husband Steve.  I want only the best for the College and its dedicated student/athletes and I congratulate Jeff on his new position as Head Coach. I have confidence that he will continue and expand the tradition of Green Terror Swimming and guide everyone to new heights."

Easterday will remain with the College, continuing to serve as aquatics director and a lecturer in the Exercise Science and Physical Education Department.

Hiestand, a native of Reading, Pa., has been an assistant under Easterday since 2000.

Entering this season, he has helped coached five individual conference champions in eight events and pushed swimmers to no fewer than 30 program records.

In addition to his duties with the McDaniel swim teams, Hiestand also serves as the head coach of the Green Terror Aquatic Club, a USA Swimming program. Under his direction, the club has produced three Olympic Trials qualifiers (2004, 2008), six national age-group records and numerous USA Senior and Junior National qualifiers. The club has recently been named a Silver Medal club in USA Swimming's prestigious Club Excellence Program for the eighth consecutive year.

Hiestand has garnered individual awards, as well. He has been named the Maryland Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year three consecutive seasons and has been selected as an assistant coach for both USA Swimming's Regional and National Select Camps in 2007.

Hiestand brings over a decade's worth of coaching experience to McDaniel. He has seen success at every level he has coached, from age-group National Champions to high school All-Americans to collegiate national qualifiers.

"I would like to thank McDaniel College, especially Vice President of Finance and Administration Ethan Seidel and Director of Athletic Jamie Smith, for giving me this great opportunity," Hiestand stated. "I am looking forward to building upon the successes of the program and taking it to the next level for many years to come."

The Green Terror opens the 2009-10 season at Susquehanna on Saturday. The women will also compete against Juniata. Meet time is 1 p.m.