Fairmont State University Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach Patrick Snively recently earned a Level 5 certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association of America (ASCA), the highest level achievable.
Snively, who wrapped up his 17th season as head coach this spring, directed the Fighting Falcons to the inaugural MEC women's swimming championship edging West Virginia Wesleyan, 820.5-820.0. The Fairmont State men also finished as MEC runner-up this season. During the four-day championship event, the Falcons totaled seven individual event championships, five NCAA B-cut times, set nine school records and had 39 top-eight finishes combined between both the men's and women's programs. Additionally, he produced his 26th All-America performance this spring when Marlena Dudek placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke event at the NCAA Championships. Dudek also became the eighth athlete to earn conference Swimmer of the Year accolades under Snively's direction.
For certification, ASCA gives credit for education, experience and achievement. Through a combination of longevity, completing certification courses and guiding multiple student-athletes to All-American status, Snively earned credit this season to move from Level 4 to Level 5.
Of the nearly 13,000 coaches that have been certified by the ASCA, three to five percent are Level 5 certified. An additional eight to nine percent are Level 4 and 15 to 18 percent of coaches are Level 3 certified.