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Boston College Swimming & Diving Names New Coach

Michael Stephens, who was previously interim head coach, will take over the program

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Martin Jarmond has named Michael Stephens head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving at BC. Stephens will the youngest Division 1 swimming and diving head coach in a Power Five conference at 26 years old. He is a Double Eagle (Bachelors and MBA) and swam at BC as an undergrad. Stephens has been an assistant coach for the team since 2013 and was named interim head coach in 2016. He takes over from Tom Groden, who resigned in the middle of the 2015-16 season after coaching BC for 45 years.

Stephens takes over a program that has been at the center of some controversy in recent years. BC is the only ACC school to not offer scholarships in swimming & diving, which can make recruiting difficult. Adding to that struggle is the fact that the plans for the updated rec plex have been met with frustration by current and former BC swimmers. The new building will have a pool, but the student athletes will have to share it with the community. Additionally, the new plex will not will not have a three-meter diving board or ten-meter diving tower. The lack of a three-meter diving board in particular is troubling for the team, as three-meter diving boards are used during collegiate meets.