Head Coach David Dow
Office Phone: 304-829-7399
David Dow will enter his fourth season as the Bethany head men's and women's swimming and diving coach in 2014-15.
His third season was a huge success, as the Bison program would break a combined 11 school records at the PAC Championships. On the womens side, they would finish sixth of 11 teams, notching 203 points, which marked a 30 point increase from the previous year. The men saw a 139-point improvement from last year’s championships, placing seventh. In addition to coaching Brandon Martell to 2nd team All-PAC status, he also helped coach Jake Collas and Alexi Pyles to PAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week and ECAC Division III South Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week honors during the regular season.
In his second year at the helm of the programs, the Bison men and women saw growing success. The women completed the season with a 9-7 dual meet record, the most wins and first winning season in recent memory. The women also broke a total of 13 school records throughout the season, including all five relays and eight individual events. The Bison men also showed progress, winning their first dual meet under Dow. Also for the men, a new record was set in the 1650 freestyle, and a diver was named to the 2nd Team All-PAC.
During the 2011-2012 season, the Bison women won two dual meets and nearly claimed victory in a PAC meet. At the PAC Championships/Grove City Invitational, Bethany set two school records in the 400 and 800 Freestyle Relays.
Dow came to Bethany after a two-year stint at his alma mater Cortland State (N.Y.) as the assistant coach. During his tenure on the coaching staff, the Red Dragon men’s team went 28-5 in dual meets and finished in second place at the SUNYAC Championships twice, while the women posted a 21-7 record in dual meets and finished second at the SUNYAC meet in 2010 and third this past winter.
Aside from the team success, Dow was highly involved with the individual medley and backstroke training group, which included a two-time NCAA All-American, two NCAA provisional qualifiers, 10 All-Conference team members and nine individual school records being broken over a two-year span. In addition to the success in the water, Dow played a large role in Cortland’s recruiting and those efforts helped add over 30 swimmers to an already established group of successful student-athletes.
Before helping coach swimmers to all-conference and school record performances, Dow was achieving them himself as with the Red Dragons. A four-year member and two-year captain, he broke the school record in the 1,000 Freestyle in 2009. Dow claimed two titles in the 1,650 Free at the SUNYAC Championship meet and was twice named to the SUNYAC All-Conference First Team and twice to the Second Team.
Dow earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a minor in computer applications from Cortland. He has also earned his Master of Science degree in Recreation Management in Leisure Services from Cortland.
Assistant Coach Michael Sorrentino
Office Phone: 304-829-7153
Michael Sorrentino is entering his first year as an assistant at Bethany.
Sorrentino comes from SUNY Cortland, where he was a physical education major and four year member of the swim team. Sorrentino was an individual medley specialist and also competed in the 200’s of stroke. He was a seven– time SUNYAC Championship finalist, placing in the 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, and 200 butterfly.
Outside of competing for Cortland, Sorrentino has spent this last year as an age group coach for the Cortland YMCA Stingrays. While with the Stringrays, Sorrentino coached a wide variety of abilities, including athletes that qualified for the YMCA State Meet.
Besides being in the pool, Sorrentino has been involved competitively in other sports as well. Sorrentino has previously completed an IronMan Triathlon, and has more recently been participating in CrossFit.
Assistant Coach Sara Reass
Office Phone: 304-829-7153
Sara Reass is entering her first year as part of the Bethany Swimming & Diving coaching staff. Reass is an alumnus of Bethany, and was a four-year member, two-year captain, and three-time MVP for the swimming & diving team. Reass competed in the distance freestyle events while also swimming on multiple relays. Reass was an eight-time PAC Championships finalist in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyle events, and was also part of the 400 and 800 freestyle relays that broke school records in 2012.
While she was breaking records in the pool, what Reass accomplished out of the water was equally impressive. An elementary education major with a Special Education endorsement, Reass was a Kalon Scholar, Caldwell Award winner, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Reass also made the President’s list one semester and the Dean’s List an additional six semesters. Reass was also named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll (3.5GPA or higher) three out of the four years on the team.