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Dan Morse is returning to Keene State College as an assistant swim coach. A former four-year year swimmer for the Owls, Morse fills a spot on Head Coach Jack Fabian’s staff that became open when Katie Allenson left to become assistant softball coach at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I’m real happy to be back with the Keene State swim team,” said Morse. “I’m very familiar with Jack’s system and know the program inside and out. I know we’ll work well together.”
“Dan was a hard-working, dedicated swimmer for Keene State and he’ll bring those same traits to his coaching position,” said Fabian. “Dan is going to make a great coach because he has the personality for it. We’re excited to have him.”
A native of Hope, R.I., Morse brings plenty of swimming experience to his new position. Swimming since the age of five, Morse competed at the Kent County YMCA and on the highly-successful Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) High School team that has captured 23 state titles. A top competitor for the Hawks in the 200 and 500-yd. races, Morse earned second-team all-state honors as a senior.
Morse, who graduated from Keene State in 2011, earned a pool full of honors swimming for the Owls. He was a member of the Owls’ three-time champion 800 free relay team at the NEISDA championships and also captured individual titles in the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 free races.
A one-time holder of Keene State records in the 1,000, 1,650 and the 800 free relay, Morse posted an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the mile, coming up just a few spots short of qualifying for the national championship meet.
During his four years competing, KSC posted a 27-5 dual meet mark (never losing a home meet) and won three consecutive NEISDA championships from 2009-11.
Morse spent the past year helping to coach his YMCA team and serving as a volunteer coach at Bishop Hendricken. “I wanted to get a lot of experience and look to get into coaching,” Morse said. “I never thought it would happen so quickly and I’d end up back at Keene State.”
Looking for a cross-training sport to go along with his swimming, Morse took up boxing as a freshman and plans on implementing several of his workouts in the Owls’ dry land training.