York College has a new man in charge of its successful NCAA Division III swimming programs.
Tuesday, York's assistant dean for athletics and recreation, Paul Saikia, announced that Eric Rasmussen has been chosen to succeed Greg Doyle as the Spartans' new head swimming coach/aquatics director.
Doyle recently left York after two-plus seasons to become an assistant coach at Wingate University, an NCAA Division II university in North Carolina.
While at York, Doyle's student-athletes set 45 school records. He was also the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Coach of the Year.
Doyle’s teams earned five College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team plaques. In Doyle's last two years at York, the men's team compiled an overall mark of 21-4, while the women's team went 18-7.
Experienced coach: Rasmussen, meanwhile, comes to York with more than 25 years of coaching and aquatic experience.
He has served as the head coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Saint Peter’s College (now University) while also serving tenures as an assistant coach at Manhattan College and Loyola (Maryland).
Rasmussen began his NCAA Division I coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Texas. Most recently, he served as the aquatics director at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
“I believe the future is bright for the York College swim program and I think we can achieve remarkable things through dedication, a positive attitude and the willingness to work hard. I am looking forward to coming to York and getting started,” Rasmussen said in a news release.
Saikia is excited to get Rasmussen on board.
“He shares our very positive assessment of York College's potential to build a nationally competitive Division III swimming program. We're looking forward to forging ahead in that pursuit,” Saikia said in the news release.
Stahl headlines strong returning core: Rasmussen will have a strong core to build on to start his Spartan tenure. Sophomore All-American Keven Stahl headlines a group of talented swimmers.
“I am eagerly looking forward to getting started. With school already in session, we’re going to hit the ground running. It is very exciting.” Rasmussen said in the news release. “This program has had good success over the last few seasons. I am looking to build on that success, ultimately becoming the premier team in Capital Athletic Conference.”
He's worked for Olympic coaches: Rasmussen’s experience includes work with some of the top college and international-level coaches in the country. At Texas, he worked directly under the legendary Eddie Reese. Coach Reese has been the head coach of the US Olympic team three times and had led his Longhorns to 14 NCAA Division I crowns, including two when Rasmussen was his assistant.
Rasmussen also worked as the head counselor/coach for the Longhorn Swimming Camp for many summers. In that role, he worked under two more Olympic head coaches — Mark Schubert and Richard Quick.
“I was very lucky to have the opportunity to learn from some of the top coaches in the country. I use ideas that I got form each of them in my workouts on a regular basis,” Rasmussen said in the news release.
Rasmussen served eight years as a head coach at Division I Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, leading the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Upon his departure, only two school records predated Rasmussen’s tenure as head coach.
Rasmussen officially begins his duties Sept. 4.
Information for this story was provided by York College and Wingate University.