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UMBC Swimming and Diving Head Coach Chad Cradock Signed to Four-Year Contract Extension Through 2011-2012 Season
BALTIMOREóUMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock, along with UMBC's men's soccer and baseball coaches, has signed a four-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced recently.
Cradock has been absolutely dominant in coaching his sport as he has lead his menís and womenís teams to a combined 13 overall league titles in seven years, including five straight America East Conference titles for the men.
ďIíve been with the UMBC program for quite a long time as a student-athlete, assistant coach, and now a head coach,Ē Cradock said. ďIím thankful for the opportunity to coach at UMBC and very appreciative of the decision by the upper-level administration to continue my coaching career for another four years at UMBC. Iíve been fortunate to coach some great teams in the past and the incoming team for the 2008-09 season is stronger than ever and Iím excited to see what the future holds.Ē
Cradockís tenure with the Retrievers reads like pages from a record book, with his most recent accomplishment coming during the past, 2007-08, season, which saw his menís and womenís teams become the first-ever, back-to-back dual conference champions in the history of the America East Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. The men also broke an all-time conference record by capturing the title for the fifth straight year, a feat never before accomplished, in a meet-record 929 points, which also accounted for their 11th straight conference title.
New accomplishments were beginning to become standard fare for Cradock, however, as his menís team became UMBCís first-ever America East champion during the 2003-04 season, the first season the Retrievers competed in the conference, while the womenís team became UMBCís first-ever womenís America East champion in the 2006-07 season.
Cradock wasted no time in making his mark when he took over the team in 2001 as he coached both teams to conference titles in each of UMBCís last years in the Northeast Conference, as well as the fifth and sixth consecutive ECAC titles on the menís side.
Also in his first year at the helm, Cradock coached UMBCís first swimmer in 13 years to an individual appearance at the NCAA National Championships, as Lindsey Prather represented the Retrievers in 2002.
The 2003-04 season saw identical, school-best dual meet records of 12-1 for both the men and the women as the men claimed their first of five consecutive conference titles, with a new meet record of 901 points, which would be broken the following year with 920 and then again in 2007-08.
After setting a school-best record in 2003-04, Cradockís menís team went undefeated, 10-0, in 2004-05, while the coach reached the 100-win milestone in 2006-07 and now stands at 123-30 (.804) combined for his career. This past season, the Retrievers broke a seven-year hiatus and swam the Maryland Terrapins for the first time since 2000-01, sweeping the Terps at UMBC Natatorium.
The success of Cradock and his staff has not gone unnoticed as he picked up NEC Womenís Coach of the Year honors in 2001-02, ECAC Menís Coach of the Year in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and America East Menís Coaching Staff of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
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While at UMBC, Cradock swam at the U.S. Open and was fifth in the 400-meter freestyle at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 1996. A mid-free and distance swimmer, he capped his senior season of 1997 by earning ECAC Swimmer of the Meet honors after winning the 200, 500 and 1,650-yard freestyle events and breaking pool records in the 200 and 500 free to lead the Retrievers to a second-place finish. The previous season he won both the 500 free and the mile.
Cradockís name was erased from the record boards as his final mark, in the 500 freestyle, fell during the 2005-06 season, and the coach also held the 1650 freestyle and 200 freestyle records until they were broken in the 2005-06 and 2000-01 seasons, respectively.
Following his graduation, Cradock guided the UMBC Masters team to the 1998 YMCA short course national championship. Before arriving to coach the Masters team, Cradock was the assistant director at