Teacher, coach, mentor, friend

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Early in her coaching career, Lynn Schweizer guided the women’s swimming and diving squad while teaching a number of physical education classes.

When Lynn Schweizer took a part-time coaching job at Denison back in 1973, she didn’t know it would turn into a 40-year career with stints as the head women’s basketball coach and the head women’s swimming and diving coach. She didn’t know she would take a record six athletes to the Division III National Championships in 1983 or that she would be the coach behind Denison’s first national champion — Nancy Dunn ’85 in the 50-yard butterfly — that same year. She didn’t know that three years later, in 1986, she would be named NCAA Women’s National Diving Coach of the Year.

Schweizer’s role at Denison has touched thousands of students through coaching, and later administrative, roles. She helped develop the Physical Education program and served as its chair for nearly two decades, for example, and today she’s the senior associate director of athletics and the director of Denison’s club and intramural sports programs.

With all of that behind her, it makes perfect sense that the NCAA took notice with an article titled “Long-Term Commitment” that chronicles her contribution to campus and to Division III athletics. It’s a good read, and we suggest you check it out.

“Little did I know at the time how lucky I was to accept Denison’s offer, and the rest is history,” Schweizer told the NCAA recently.

We think it’s pretty safe to say that Denison lucked out a little, too.

Teacher, Coach, Mentor, Friend

Some 40-plus years after joining the Denison family, Lynn Schweizer continues to help shape the successful future of Big Red athletics, and more importantly, Big Red athletes.

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