By Alberto Gilman
Mount Saint Mary College Swim Coach Daniel Drury received the Women’s Coach of the Year Award and outstanding recognition at the Skyline Conference Championship meet from Jan. 26-27.
This is Drury’s first time accepting the award on behalf of the entire Skyline Conference. The same weekend, upon winning the award, the women’s team received runner-up recognition at the meet and the men’s team placed third.
Winning the award was an unexpected feat for Drury. Humbled by this achievement, he attributes the award to the hardworking women’s team who have had a successful season since beginning in September.
Drury was hired in August 2013 and served as an assistant to the former swim coach, Danielle Lindner. Under her guidance for two seasons, Drury worked and helped the team grow.
Upon Lindner’s departure for SUNY New Paltz, Drury eventually was considered for the position.
He was hired as the head coach going into the 2015-2016 season and enters his third year as head coach.
As a coach in a sport that tests your limits and pushes your body, his main emphasis for both the men’s and women’s teams is that no matter the natural talent or current skill level, the sport as a whole depends on “the attitude you bring to the sport, the team and to each and every practice.”
For his athletes, Drury wants them to be at their top caliber. In his short time as a coach, Drury has helped his team grow as a whole. He hopes that in the future the team will continue to develop, and that he can continue in his own growth as a coach and mentor to the team – both at school and later in life.
The Knights Swim teams conclude their season with one last trip to Rutgers University where they will compete in Metros Feb. 16-18.