LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall College Swim Coach, Bob Rueppel, announced Patrick Godfrey ’06 as the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams.
"Patrick is an exceptional person and coach,” said Rueppel. “He has always represented our program and college with class and dignity, and I could not be more excited to have Patrick return to F&M in this capacity."
A two-time team captain for the Diplomats, Godfrey joins the staff full time for the 2009-2010 season. Godfrey was a volunteer coach in 2008-09 helping to guide the Diplomats’ men’s team to a seventh Centennial Conference Championship, while assisting in leading a young women’s team to a second place finish.
Academic and swimming successes have been constant partners to Godfrey. The Springboro, Ohio native graduated F&M summa cum laude in 2006. Godfrey earned his degree in Government and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Godfrey went onto The Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law, earning his J.D. in the spring of 2009.
Godfrey was a standout swimmer for the Blue and White, twice earning the team’s George McGinness Award given to the swimmer who best demonstrates those qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and team cooperation. He was an 11-time Centennial Conference Championship Finalist in the butterfly and mid-distance freestyle. Godfrey was a two-time All-Centennial Conference performer and three-time member of the Conference’s Academic Honor Roll.
The F&M swim programs have produced 105 All-America certificates, nine national championships and nine conference championships. The Diplomats open the 2009-2010 season on Saturday, October 31, at home with Johns Hopkins.