N.C. Swimming Hall of Fame Taps Dave Allen

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Former UNCW swimming and diving head coach Dave Allen, the founder of UNCW's program and a key contributor in the development of aquatics in the Cape Fear Region for nearly 40 years, will be inducted into the N.C. Swimming Hall of Fame during a special ceremony next month.

Allen is one of five honorees who will be honored on April 5, 2019. Jeff Gaeckle, Janis Hape, Abby Johnston McGrath and Todd Torres will make up the five-member class. It marks the third Hall of Fame induction for Allen, who was previously inducted into the Potsdam State Athletic Hall of Fame and Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.

Allen coached 44 years at three different institutions and racked up 542 dual meet wins before announcing his retirement from UNCW in 2014.

Overall, Allen guided the Seahawks to a combined 16 conference championships, along with a pair of Eastern titles. The successful coach was named CAA Coach of the Year an impressive 15 times.

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