Penn State University has begun rebuilding its swimming & diving coaching staff after the departure of two associate head coaches for non-collegiate jobs this offseason. On Tuesday, the Nittany Lions announced the hiring of Dan Carrington as the program’s new associate head coach.
Carrington spent the last 6 seasons as an assistant coach at Florida State. The Seminoles have also lost two assistant coaches this offseason. Besides Carrington, assistant Emma Svensson left coaching. One of those positions has been filled with the hiring of Athena Miller as an associate head coach.
At Florida State, Carrington was a recruiting coordinator and primarily worked with the distance group. The Seminole women scored a total of 9 points across the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyles at last year’s ACC Championship meet, which was their lowest-scoring discipline, en route to an 8th-place team finish. The men’s group did a little better, scoring 22 points in the 200 free, 28 points in the 500 free, and 48 points in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships. That 1650 free was the team’s highest-scoring individual event at the meet as part of a 6th-place team finish.
Sophomore David Quirie finished 9th in that mile for the Seminoles last season, clocking a 15:12.96. He placed 5th in the same race as a freshman in 2021 with a time of 14:57.82.
Prior to his time at Florida State, Carrington spent 2 seasons as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) and three seasons as an assistant coach at Duke from 2011-2014. He also was the head coach at NCAA Division III program Southwestern University in Texas from 2009-2011. Before that, he had another one year stint at Duke, which was his first collegiate job.
In addition, Carrington served as the site director and coach at the Durham YMCA and was an assistant and age group coach for Delaware Community Schools and Yorktown High School.
Carrington earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State in 2002. In addition to his coaching experience, he served as an Associate at Biogen Idec from 2013-2014 and was a QC Chemist for Eisai from 2011-2013.
In 2011, Carrington earned the ASCA Award of Excellence, which is an honor that recognizes those coaches who coach a swimmer to a top-eight finish at one or several USA national championships.
Carrington and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Grace and Liana.
The Penn State men finished 8th out of 8 teams at last year’s Big Ten Championship meet, 11 points behind 7th-place Minnesota. That was the 8th-straight season in which the men’s team finished 7th-or-lower (though this was the first year where the conference was reduced to 8 teams). The Penn State women, meanwhile, finished 10th out of 12 teams after placing 10th of 13 in 2021 and 8th of 13 in 2020.