Springfield College Associate Professor of Health Education Patricia McDiarmid was selected for induction into the Massachusetts High School Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame. McDiarmid was honored at the Coaches Association Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 9 at the Chateau Restaurant in Waltham, Mass.
McDiarmid, who has been a faculty member at the College for 12 years, served as the boys and girls swim coach at Minnechaug Regional High School from 1983 through 2002. She guided the Falcons girls teams to two Massachusetts state championships and five Western Massachusetts sectional titles. McDiarmid also led the Minnechaug boys swim teams to three Western Massachusetts sectional titles during her time with the Falcons.
Along with her coaching career in high school swimming, McDiarmid has served as a state and sectional meet director for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). She continues to work as the appointed Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Association High School Commissioner and Assigner for the Western Massachusetts Swimming Officials Association. McDiarmid also remains a member of the MIAA State Swimming and Diving Committee.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News and World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.