Stephen Fletcher '92 has continued his success in the pool as the new head coach at Rider.
April 5, 2001
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Former Lafayette swimmer Stephen Fletcher '92, a member of the school's record-holding 200-yard freestyle relay team, has continued his ascent up the ranks of the swimming world since leaving College Hill.
The former Leopard recently resigned as the men's and women's swimming coach at Franklin & Marshall College, a position he had assumed in 1998, to take over the head coaching position at Rider University.
After his graduation, Fletcher earned his master's degree at Rider in 1995 and was an assistant coach for its swimming program for five years (1992-1997). He replaces interim coach Jeff Lowe to become the program's third coach in five years. Lowe replaced Brian Gordon who resigned in director to become the school's assistant athletic director.
During Fletcher's tutelage at Franklin & Marshall, the men posted a dual meet record of 22-10 and was 15-3 in the Centennial Conference. The Diplomats won the Centennial and Metro Atlantic Conference championships in 2000, marking the program's first conference championship in 35 years and only the third such championship in school history.
Fletcher's women's team was 13-22 overall and 12-9 in conference meets.
He coached five NCAA All-Americans at F&M and saw his swimmers set 13 school records and six Centennial Conference records. The Diplomats brought home 29 individual conference titles under Fletcher's guidance and both his men's and women's teams were honored as Academic All-America squads for five consecutive semesters.
Fletcher inherits a women's program at Rider that is coming off its first Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title in 16 years and a men's team that completed its third-straight second place finish in the MAAC.
In his senior year at Lafayette, Fletcher was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team which set a school record with a time of 1:23.97. He was also the recipient of the Gordon T. Yates Award that year, which is given to the student-athlete who has shown great improvement in the pool and excellence in the classroom.