After 33 years at the helm, Kevin Weldon has announced that he will be stepping down as the head coach of the Dayton Raiders Swim Club at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Weldon announced the news with a Facebook post on Wednesday, though he added that he’s not retiring, and will remain with the club moving forward, just in a lesser role.
Weldon expanded on his future plans with SwimSwam, saying that he had been thinking about stepping aside from the head coaching role for some time, and is now hoping to stay on to do more “targeted coaching” with the club.
“I plan to remain working with the Dayton Raiders, just not as head coach,” Weldon said. “I felt now was as good a time as any if this was the long-range goal of mine.
“The Dayton Raiders have been my baby for the past 33 years. I am so proud of what I have accomplished here with a lot of sweat and hard work from not only my athletes, but my staff. I have been so blessed to be surrounded by so many great coaches, friends, families, and of course done exceptional athletes. The Dayton Raiders have been wonderful to myself and my family ever since we arrived in 1989.
“I see no reason to move or leave something that has been so dear to my heart. However, it is time for some new blood, new enthusiasm and a new direction. If I can be of any help whatsoever, then I wish to remain involved here for as long as they will allow me.”
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The Raiders, based out of Dayton, Ohio, have been named a USA Swimming Gold Medal Level Club of Excellence three times under Weldon’s watch, most recently in 2019.
During his tenure leading the club, Weldon has developed 30 Olympic Trials qualifiers, four National Age Group Record holders and two senior national champions.