WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College has hired the former assistant coach at Pacific University to be the next Head Coach for the Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving program announced by Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman.
Tim Hamlet, who spent seven seasons with the Boxers as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, is replacing Tasman Backer, who stepped away from the Poet program after two seasons.
"We are thrilled to select Coach Hamlet as Whittier College's next head men's and women's swimming and diving coach," said Coleman. "He has been an integral part of the highly successful program at Pacific University for seven years, assisting in the varied aspects of the program. I am confident he will continue our tradition of excellence, as his personal and professional coaching expectations are extremely high."
Prior to Whittier, Hamlet was at the University of Maryland Aquatic Club for four years coaching Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers. He also coached a member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Team, an athlete who competed in the 2015 Deaf World Championships, and a swimmer who went on to win conference titles at Salisbury University.
From 2007-2013, Hamlet was a part of the Pacific University coaching staff where he helped coach numerous national qualifiers, the 2012 Northwest Conference Swimmer of the Year, a NWC Conference record holder, and a number of provisional national qualifiers. While coaching there, he also worked with special needs children for the Multnomah County Educational Service District.
Over an eight year span prior to Pacific he coached at Forest Grove Swim Club where he obtained top-16 National Athletes along with an athlete who went on to win a national title at Kenyon College.
Tim graduated from Pacific University in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature.