Dick Guyer up for school-board approval to return as York Suburban's head swimming coach

  • Dick Guyer appears set to return as York Suburban's head swimming coach.
  • Guyer led theSuburban swim programs for 41 years, winning three state crowns and 19 district titles.
  • Guyer is set to succeed Craig Brennan, who has stepped away as the Suburban head coach.

A legendary name in York County swimming circles appears set to return as a head coach in the York-Adams League.

Dick Guyer, seen here in a file photo, is set to return as York Suburban's head swimming coach. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

On Monday's York Suburban School Board agenda, Dick Guyer is listed for approval as the Trojans' head boys' and girls' swimming coach.

Guyer guided the Suburban swim programs for 41 years before retiring in 2009.

His swimming teams won team and individual honors at every level — state, district and league.

That included three state team titles, 19 District 3 team crowns and 28 York-Adams division championships.

The highlight of his career likely came when the Suburban boys won three straight PIAA 2-A state crowns from 2006 through 2008.

The following year, however, Guyer was forced to step down because of deteriorating health.

He was diagnosed with a type of leukemia, underwent chemotherapy for a year, lost 50 pounds and underwent a bone-marrow transplant.

It was a long and hard road back to where Guyer was before the devastating illness forced him to step away from coaching, but with the support of friends and family, combined with his strong will, he made it.

In 2015, he returned to the York Suburban pool deck in a new role: assistant coach under one of his former swimmers, Craig Brennan, who took over the Suburban programs after Guyer stepped away.

"I'm a pretty positive person, and I'm a pretty good fighter," Guyer said in 2015 when he returned as an assistant. "Plus, the alternative (not undergoing treatment) wasn't good. Now, that I'm healthy, I don't want to just sit around and be a grump. I have things I can share with people and I'm excited about doing that."

Brennan was thrilled to have him back.

"He (Guyer) hasn't missed a beat," Brennan said in 2015. "... His passion is just as good or better than I've ever seen it. That's great to have on our pool deck."

Now, Brennan has decided to step away, a move confirmed by Suburban athletic director Matt Marshall, and Guyer has apparently opted to return as head coach.

Since Guyer retired, the Suburban swim programs have continued to excel under Brennan. During that time, the Suburban boys went 42-3 in Y-A D-II action while winning six outright D-II titles, while the Suburban girls went 40-4-1 with  four outright D-II crowns and one shared D-II crown.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. A 2015 report by Dick VanO'Linda contributed to this report.