The Dean of Coaches at McDaniel, Easterday enters her 33rd
season with the same enthusiasm that has been her trademark since
taking over the program in 1976.
Easterday’s experience restored her squad’s presence at the NCAA Championship meet in 2002 after a seven-year absence.
Success is nothing new to Easterday. Under her leadership, eight different Green Terror swimmers have attained All-America status, including Denise Frech, who earned the honor 15 times between 1980 and 1983. Easterday still guides Centennial Conference (CC) champions with regularity, several of which are poised to become All-Americans this season.
Easterday also serves as the aquatics coordinator and is a lecturer in the Exercise Science and Physical Education Department. Her understanding of the importance of academics is one of the many reasons she annually produces swimmers for the CC Academic Honor Roll as well as Academic and Scholar All-American teams.
A graduate of Denison University, Easterday has worked alongside Maryland’s top swimmers for more than a quarter-century. She was also the Green Terror women’s lacrosse coach for two decades before stepping down to focus solely on swimming in 1999.
Extending the McDaniel family with her own, Kim’s husband Steve is a 1972 graduate of the College and is a former soccer and golf coach on the Hill. Steve and Kim are the proud parents of Matt, Mary and Catie. Matt and Mary both swam for the Green Terror.