Dukes return two Atlantic 10 champions as well as 11 2015 school record holders
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Head Coach David Sheets Named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
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David Sheets returns for his 15th season at the helm of Duquesne women's swimming program after an all-time program best third place finish at the 2015 Atlantic 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. In fact, over the past 10 seasons he has led the Dukes to its highest finishes in school history at the A-10 Championships, including third place showings in 2008, 2009 and 2015.
Also the coach of the men's program for seven seasons, Sheets has seen his swimmers accomplish 12 NCAA Division I "B" qualifying standards, nine Collegeswimming.com All-America Honorable Mentions, 38 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. Additionally, the men's team finished the 2009-10 season ranked in the top 25 of all Mid-Major swimming programs.
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 place and fifth place finish 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. Over his collegiate career, he led Clarion to the 1992 PSAC championship and to second place showings in 1990, 91 and 93. Additionally, Clarion's men's program finished second at the NCAA Division II meet in 1992, third in 1991 and was in the top 10 each of his other two seasons. A school rich in tradition, Clarion has posted 16 PSAC swimming titles since the 1979 campaign.
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 girls squad.
From there, Sheets served as the head boys' and girls' coach at Butler (Pa.) High School from 1997 to 2000 where he produced 40 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) AAA qualifiers and one PIAA state qualifier. 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.