Scott Whitbeck, head coach at SUNY New Paltz for eight seasons, was named in May 2016 as head coach of the Nazareth College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. He returns in 2017-18 for his second season. Both teams finished with 5-4 dual meet records in 2016-17 and placed seventh at the Upper New York State Championships. For the men’s team, it was their first winning season since 1999-2000.
A native of Northville, Mich., Whitbeck directed New Paltz to unparalleled success during his time there. The 2015-16 season was possibly the best in the school’s history as both the men’s and women’s teams placed second at the SUNYAC Championships. For the men’s team, it was the highest finish since a second-place result in 1994. The women’s team also placed second in 2011, when Whitbeck was recognized as SUNYAC Coach of the Year.
At New Paltz, Whitbeck’s swimmers won 46 conference titles in relays and individual events. His teams set school records in 17 of 19 women’s events and 11 of 19 men’s events. Six of his swimmers have been recognized with either the James Fulton (men’s) or Grace Mowatt (women’s) award, a conference honor that recognizes academic and athletic achievement.