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Goldstein Earns Academic All-America Honors

Grinnell College’s Daniel Goldstein ’16 joined elite company Tuesday when he became the 24th Pioneer in history to earn Academic All-America recognition.

Goldstein made the At-Large Team after enjoying a stellar diving and scholastic career at Grinnell.

The team is chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), The At-Large category covers 16 sports, including Grinnell’s offerings of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, golf, and tennis.

Goldstein, a computer science/mathematics major from Ann Arbor, Mich., qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships for the third year in a row this season. He earned honorable mention All-America honors twice.

A three-time Midwest Conference Diver of the Year, he won five league titles in his career and owns school and MWC records in 1-meter diving for 11 dives (score of 529.45), 1-meter diving for six dives (333.55) and 3-meter diving for six dives (335.90).

Goldstein three times earned Academic All-District recognition and in 2016 collected Grinnell’s Morgan Taylor ’26 Award for outstanding senior athlete.

Coach Hurley Wins National Award

Erin Hurley has led the Pioneers to plenty of success as the Grinnell College swimming and diving coach.

Her performance has not gone unnoticed on the national scene, as Hurley received one of six major awards from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) at its annual banquet May 5 in Washington, D.C. More impressive is the fact awards at the banquet are rarely presented to coaches at the NCAA Division III level.

Hurley received the Richard E. Steadman Award, which is presented to a coach who, in the opinion of the CSCAA, has done the most to spread happiness in Coach Steadman’s sport. Steadman’s accomplishments include coaching several national swimming and diving champions and serving on the U.S. Olympic Diving Committee for 16 years.

“I am extremely grateful to be receiving this award,” says Hurley. “I want to thank the CSCAA and its members who work tirelessly to help promote the sport of swimming in an inclusive and student experience-enhancing way. Working at Grinnell College, where the athletic experience is closely tied to the philosophy of the liberal arts, creates a coaching and teaching environment that encourages the growth and development of our student-athletes and the joy of their athletic involvement. It’s wonderful to have the CSCAA recognize the work we are doing at Grinnell to foster these ideals.”

Hurley just completed her 21st season as Grinnell’s coach. Also a faculty member, she teaches swimming and triathlon plus is the senior woman administrator for the College’s athletic department.

Her programs have won 29 Midwest Conference titles over the years. She has won 14 league Coach of the Year honors and produced multiple All-Americans, including a national record-holder.

“We are extremely excited for Erin to be honored by her peers with this award,” says Greg Wallace, director of Athletics and Recreation. “Recognition by fellow coaches is one of the highest honors a coach can receive in any sport. Coach Hurley has been tremendously successful with both the women’s and men’s programs at Grinnell College for 21 years. I offer my congratulations.”

Praise From Student-Athletes

Hurley’s efforts are also lauded by the student-athletes in her program.

“Erin has an amazing ability to push you past your limits and make you excel,” says Joshua Tibatemwa ’19. “She’ll then pretend she had nothing to do with your success, although that’s anything but the case.”

“Coach Erin has had an incredibly positive and meaningful influence on my development as a young adult at Grinnell College,” adds Maddy Pesch ’16. She has enhanced my performance as a swimmer over the past four years with her expert knowledge of the sport’s technique and training. As a coach, she creates an inclusive, welcoming and diverse environment that makes each athlete feel valued as a part of the team.

“Coach Erin has also made a lasting impact on my life for the ways she has been a role model to me outside of the pool,” Pesch continues. “At a rigorous academic institution like Grinnell, she shows academic support for her student-athletes, going above and beyond to help each swimmer/diver not only succeed in his or her classes, but also pursue summer job and post-grad opportunities. She takes the time to get to know each athlete as an individual, making an effort to help each student achieve personal goals in the pool, in the classroom and in other extra-curricular activities. I aspire to use these compassionate leadership skills that Erin models as I, too, move forward in my own career path.”

Andy Hamilton ’85 Named as Athletic Director

Andy HamiltonAfter completing a national search, Grinnell College today announced that Andy Hamilton ’85, who currently serves as interim athletic director, will become the College's next director of athletics and recreation, effective July 1.

Hamilton, who also serves as an associate professor physical education and head coach of both the men's and women's tennis teams, will succeed Greg Wallace, an associate professor of physical education who is on sabbatical this year. At the end of the 2015-16 academic year, Wallace will transition to senior faculty status and begin working with the admission office to assist in recruiting student-athletes.

"Andy Hamilton brings an outstanding combination of experience in coaching, teaching, mentoring and administrative management to this position," said Mike Latham, vice president for academic affairs and dean of Grinnell College. "His deep understanding of Division III athletics, record as a coach, excellence in the classroom, and commitment to the student-athlete ideal make him particularly well suited to this role. I am very confident he will provide excellent leadership for Grinnell athletics and the department of physical education."

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Hamilton has served as head men's tennis coach since 1995 and head women's tennis coach since 2007, leading both teams to multiple Midwest Conference championships.

During his career Hamilton also coached women's basketball, was a men's basketball assistant coach, and assisted with football. His tutorial course and offerings in sport sociology, sport journalism, and organization and administration of athletics have made valuable contributions to the curriculum. He will begin his new position following terms as assistant athletic director and interim athletic director.

Greg WallaceIn announcing Hamilton's appointment, Latham also recognized the accomplishments of Wallace and thanked him for his dedicated and outstanding service.

"In addition to his leadership as director of athletics and recreation since 2007, Greg served as head men's golf coach for 15 years and head football coach for 20 years," Latham said. "During that span, the football team compiled a remarkable 68 victories and Greg was voted Midwest Conference coach of the year three times, in 1994, 1997 and 1998. The 1998 team is recognized as the best squad in program history, winning the league title outright while posting a perfect 10-0 mark "

In 2011, Latham added, Wallace was honored with a 35-year membership plaque from the American Football Coaches. He also earned the 1990 Grinnell Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator Award in recognition of his devoted service to the College and the community.

Twelve Inducted in Athletics Hall of Fame

The Grinnell College Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome 12 new members.

The Hall was created in 1995 to recognize the achievements of the college’s most accomplished student athletes.

This year’s inductees will be honored on Saturday, Aug. 30. A morning ceremony, reception, and picnic lunch will be free and open to the public. A dinner for the inductees and their families is scheduled for that evening.

The 2014 Grinnell College Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:

W. Eric “Country” Blevins ’04 was an NCAA All-American in diving. Blevins is the only Grinnell athlete to win eight Midwest Conference diving championships, and he owned multiple pool records at the time of his graduation. He later went on to be a successful diving coach. Blevins currently resides in Trenton, N.J.

Emilio “Jake” Chavez ’01 was an All-American baseball pitcher for the Pioneers. He was a three-time Midwest Conference South Division Pitcher of the Year and was named all-region three times and all-conference all four years. Before embarking on a professional baseball career, Chavez became the only Pioneer in history to throw a perfect game. He currently lives in Ranchos de Taos, N.M.

Steve Diekmann ’95 was a two-time All-American in basketball and a two-time Academic All-American. He averaged 37.3 points per game during his senior season, still the NCAA Division III record. He was a multiple All-Midwest Conference performer and a MWC South Division Player of the Year. He currently resides in Alamo, Calif.

Diane “Dee” Fairchild served as the College’s athletic director for 21 years before retiring in 2007. She took the job in 1986, as the first female athletic director in the state to be in charge of both men’s and women’s sports programs. Fairchild came to Grinnell in 1984 and coached multiple sports besides teaching and serving as chair of the Department of Physical Education. Fairchild was a key leader in the College’s construction of the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center and the surrounding athletic fields. She resides just outside of Grinnell.

Stephanie Hitztaler ’96 was a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Meet. She is the first Pioneer to qualify for nationals twice and won the Midwest Conference title in 1994. Also a track standout, Hitztaler earned All-MWC honors multiple times and was a Fulbright Scholar. She currently resides in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Dan LaFountaine ’09 became the first men’s tennis player in Grinnell history to earn All-America honors, along with his doubles partner, Nate Fox ’09. Also an NCAA qualifier in singles in 2007, LaFountaine led the Pioneers to Midwest Conference team titles all four years. He and Fox were the first Grinnell players to earn a victory in NCAA tournament play. LaFountaine, among Grinnell’s all-time leaders in both singles and doubles play, will be honored posthumously.

David Malbrough ’35 starred for the Pioneers’ swimming team. During his time at Grinnell, he never lost a backstroke event and won all but one race his senior year. He established three conference records during his career. He will be recognized posthumously.

Robert Rollins ’86 qualified for the NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Championships all four years he was at Grinnell. His Pioneer career saw him break 10 school records and earn Academic All-America honors. He now resides in Oxford, Ohio.

David “Nick” Ryan ’55 was a co-captain of the football team and first-team All-Midwest Conference. Ryan broke Grinnell’s rushing yardage records for single game, season and career. The single game record was against the undefeated conference champions and exceeded their total rushing yardage. For the season, he was 12th in the nation in rushing yardage. Ryan was a sprinter and long jumper for the track team. Following a tour as an Aircraft Carrier Qualified Naval Aviator, Ryan worked for the college, eventually as the dean of admissions and financial aid. He resides in Grinnell.

Christine Thorburn ’92 was qualifier for the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships in 1989 and claimed the Midwest Conference title that year. She also claimed a trio of titles at the league track and field meet in 1989. Following college, she turned her competitive focus to road cycling and competed for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2004 and 2008. She currently lives in Portolo Valley, Calif.

Amy Walters ’01 was a three-sport standout at Grinnell. In soccer, she was a four-time All-Midwest Conference selection and earned all-region and MWC Player of the Year honors. She holds two school records in soccer and also the assists record in basketball. Additionally, Walters won the 400-meter dash in the 2000 MWC Track and Field Championships and is a member of a school-record relay team. She currently lives in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Darren Young ’93 was a five-time national qualifier for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. He won nine Midwest Conference titles and established 10 conference or school records. He was elected team captain and named Most Valuable Performer for three consecutive years. He also received the David Theophilus Award as Grinnell College’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete. He currently lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.