2017-18 marks first season for diving program since 2000-01
Dukes Earn 3.57 Team GPA for Spring Semester
Former assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wagner College joins Duquesne
Sheets one of seven members in the 2017 Clarion Sports Hall of Fame
Duquesne acknowledged as Scholar All-America Team
2017 Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Duquesne 138, Marshall 124
Contact Coach Sheets: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Sheets returns for his 17th season at the helm of the Duquesne women's swimming program in 2017-18 after two consecutive second-place finishes at the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2016 and 2017. This represents the highest finish ever for the Dukes' program following a then program-best third-place showing at the 2015 A-10 Championship where Sheets was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
In his tenure at Duquesne, Sheets has taken the program from a squad that traditionally finished near the bottom of the conference standings to a team that now expects to compete for championships every year. In fact, over the past 11 seasons, he has led the Dukes to its highest finishes in school history at the A-10 Championships, including a second place finish in 2016 and 2017 as well as third place showings in 2008, 2009 and 2015.
Also the coach of the men's program for seven seasons (2004-10), Sheets has seen his swimmers accomplish 16 NCAA Division I "B" qualifying standards, nine Collegeswimming.com All-America Honorable Mentions, 43 Atlantic 10 conference champions, six conference record holders, two Atlantic 10 Conference Championship "Outstanding Male Performers", an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship "Rookie Male Performer", and three Atlantic 10 Swimming "Student-Athlete of the Year" honorees. The men's team finished the 2009-10 season ranked in the top 25 of all Mid-Major swimming programs, as well.
In addition, the programs have broken every school record and established a tradition of academic success, having either the men's or women's teams being ranked in the top 15 in the country for team GPA each season.
A 1994 graduate of Clarion University with a degree in biology, Sheets went on to earn a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion in 1995 and a Master's Degree in Sports Leadership from Duquesne University in 2009. A four-year member of the swim team, he reigned as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion in the 100 and 200 backstroke in 1992 and the 200 back and the 200 individual medley in 1993. In total, Sheets garnered four individual and five relay conference titles as well as a third and fifth place finishes in the 200 and 100 backstroke events, respectively at the 1993 NCAA Championships. A 20-time Division II All-American, Sheets set school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Sheets began his coaching career in 1993 as a student-assistant swimming coach at Clarion. In 1995, he served as the head boys' and girls' swimming coach at Burbank High School where he was named District 27 Coach of the Year and as the assistant swimming coach for the Alamo Area Aquatics Club, both in San Antonio, Texas. In 1996, Sheets was the head coach of the Brookville (Pa.) High School boys' and girls' swimming teams where he led both teams to the District 6/9 titles and a top 10 finish at the PIAA state meet for the
He then went on to become the assistant women's swimming and diving coach at Cornell, before accepting the position at Duquesne. Sheets holds memberships in the American Swim Coaches Association, the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, College Swim Coaches Association of America and United States Master Swimming. He is still an active member of master's swimming, where he was a National Long Course Champion in the 100 and 200 back in 1999.
He and his wife Christina reside in Allison Park with their son Benjamin and twin daughters Elizabeth and Alaina.