BALTIMORE – UMBC head swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock has received a three-year contract extension through the 2014-2015 academic year, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced.
Entering his 11th season with the Retrievers, Cradock leads both the men's and women's programs which are each looking to repeat as American East champions in 2011-2012. After last year's championship, the men have won 10 consecutive conference titles, including eight straight America East championships.
Beginning his time coaching at UMBC as an assistant from 1997-2000, Cradock has been a part of 20 of the 21 league titles won by program. As the head man, he has led the Retrievers to an impressive 161-49-1 record, 15 combined conference crowns.
"The support we receive from Dr. Brown and the administration is tremendous, and it allows us to continue to grow." "I, along with my staff, am very excited to progress forward and to bring continued success to UMBC."
Only the second coach in program history, Cradock has made the Retrievers into one of the best programs in Division I during his reign.
In 2004-05, Cradock guided the men's team to a perfect 10-0 season, the first undefeated season for any sport in UMBC history. Just two years later, the women's team made history of their own winning UMBC's first-ever America East Conference championship in a women's sport.
"Chad's commitment to the programs and the overall running of our facilities services the entire UMBC community in the highest possible way and his leadership has impacted everyone," Dr. Brown said.
A native of Ontario, Canada and an alum of UMBC, Cradock enjoyed four successful years as a member of the Retriever swimming and diving team, receiving the Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award as a senior.
Cradock's teams officially kickoff their 2011-2012 campaigns in a dual meet with Rider this Saturday, Oct. 15 in Lawrenceville, N.J., beginning at 1 p.m. Last season, both the men's and women's teams defeated the Broncs at the UMBC Natatorium.