FRANKLIN COLLEGE’S HENDRICKS NAMED 2013 LIBERAL ARTS SWIMMING COACH OF THE YEAR
FRANKLIN, Ind.- Though the Franklin College men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have a short history, each resembled a veteran program as both made a big splash at the 2013 Liberal Arts Swimming and Diving Championships this past week. Over the three-day competition, Franklin swimmers and divers brought home 29 medals and had 45 record swims in route to its fourth place overall finish out of 12 teams. Two years ago, Franklin finished 12th out of a 13 team field in its first year and followed that up in 2012 with a sixth place finish.
In a nearly unanimous vote, head coach Andrew Hendricks was named 2013 Swimming Coach of the Year. Hendricks has coached the Grizzlies since 2009. Within three years Hendricks has been able to build the program and finish the season with a winning record.
After the announcement Hendricks commented, “There are a lot of good teams represented by some great coaches here. We admire many of these programs. These athletes do all the hard work and simply make us (coaches) look good. I am so proud of our efforts. I revel in this moment simply because I care so much about this team. They have worked so hard this year. They are part of my family.”
Hendricks’ excitement was evident as the meet concluded with Franklin’s first gold medal in school history with the Franklin men winning the most contested and most prestigious event in college swimming, the 400 freestyle relay; a fitting ending to a great season.
Hendricks holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University, graduating as an Academic All-American Scholar. He recently completed his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, earning a 4.0 GPA. In addition to coaching at Franklin, Hendricks serves as an adjunct instructor of mathematics and as the coordinator of student employment. He resides in Franklin with his wife and three daughters, who are all involved in swimming.
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 28 majors, 36 minors and eight pre-professional programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.franklincollege.edu.