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Catawba Swim Coach Recognized

January 31, 2014

Category: Athletics, Staff


coachgraham.jpgBetsy Graham, head coach of Catawba College's Men's and Women's Swim Teams, has been recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as a Coach of Excellence for 2013. Her recognition was based on a top-8 finish at a USA Swimming national-level meet or a USA collegiate championship.

Graham was named head coach of the Catawba College women's swimming program in 2001. She launched the men's program in 2006. She came from the University of Arkansas, where she served as an assistant from 1996 until coming to Catawba.

Before her stint at Arkansas, Graham had previously been an assistant at Ferris State and Northern Michigan Universities. She concluded her studies at Northern Michigan, earning a bachelor of science degree in recreation in 1989.

Graham, who was born in Richmond, Va., attended high school in Kingsville, Texas, where she was an All-American in 1983-84. She was a two-time team captain at the University of Wyoming in 1987-88 and a NCAA Nationals qualifier in 1986 while swimming at Texas Tech. Graham was a senior national qualifier from 1984-86.

Graham resides in Salisbury with her daughter, Rilee Elizabeth.