Albion College Athletic Director Matt Arend announced today Keith Havens’ intention to retire as head coach of the swimming & diving programs at the completion of the 2011-2012 season. In addition to his duties with swimming & diving programs for the past 27 years, Havens has served as the advisor for Albion’s canoe club which has captured national championships in the American Canoe Association’s Collegiate Championships.
“Keith has breathed life into the Albion Advantage with his mentorship to generations of students who have participated in the swimming & diving program, the canoe club, and his first aid courses offered through the kinesiology department,” President Donna Randall said. “Keith leaves us as one of the great figures in the history of Albion athletics.”
“On behalf of all our current and past coaches and student athletes, I want to thank Keith for his 27 years of loyalty and service to Albion College Athletics,” Athletic Director Matt Arend said. “His leadership and mentorship has made a significant difference in the lives of many young men and women. He has helped so many maximize their potential and become successful members of the community. We will miss Keith tremendously in the pool, classroom, and boat house.”
As the ’11-’12 season approaches, Havens has mentored 12 men who have earned 25 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association individual event titles and 14 women who have achieved 25 MIAA event titles. Paul Krone, ’09, was the MIAA’s most valuable swimmer in 2007, and Lindsay Brown, ‘07, Dan Fradeneck, ’07, Ty Lattimore, ’10, and Emily Magyar, ’10, combined to claim six of the MIAA’s most valuable diver awards.
On the national level, Havens has coached a roster of All-Americans including Brown, Fradeneck, Krone, Magyar,Chris Behling, ’94, Steve Cohen, ’94, TerryAnn Evelyn, Molly Maloney, ’00, Erik Scollon, ’94, and Ed Weber, ’95. Carl Johnson, ’92, Deb Webb, ’94, Kellie Gehrs, ’95, Audrey Janelle, ’94, Ron Face, ’90, Ty Lattimore, ’10, Brandon Reiss, ’07, achieved honorable mention All-America status.
More impressive than the awards in the pool and diving well, however, are the academic awards Havens’ program has achieved. Behling was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America for first team Academic All-America status in 1994 and the Britons have been presented with MIAA Team GPA and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s Scholar All-America Team awards numerous times.
“It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with the outstanding Albion College students, faculty and staff for the last 27 years,” Havens said. “Sue and I have many fond memories of our time in Albion. I’m confident that the transition planned for the swim coaching position will result in the continued growth and improvement of Albion College’s swimming and diving program.”
Arend said Albion will launch a national search to find Havens’ successor.
“We will begin the process of searching for Keith’s replacement immediately,” Arend said. “It is my hope that we will identify and hire his successor in a timely manner to minimize the impact on our current swimmers and recruiting process. The successor will take over full leadership of the program beginning Aug. 1, 2012, but it is my hope that we will identify the new coach shortly after the first of the new year so he or she can begin recruiting.”