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New coach takes over Pacific swim program

Swimming -- Alex Webster will take over for Nathan Templeman after a

Alec Webster, an experienced swimming coach at the Division III level over the last seven years, will take over Pacific's swimming program next week.

Webster, who comes to Pacific from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., will replace Nathan Templeman, who led the Pacific swim program for two years. Templeman resigned his Pacific and Forest Grove Swim Club duties in February.

'I am pleased that we have attracted a person of Alec's caliber to lead our swim program,' said Pacific Director of Athletics Ken Schumann. 'His experience and success at Lake Forest will lend well to building a competitive swim program here at Pacific.'

'I am excited to take over this position, especially with the school putting more of a commitment into athletics and swimming in particular,' said Webster, who starts his new duties on July 1. 'The level of commitment is coming up and I think I am in position to help Pacific become a powerhouse in the Northwest Conference.'

Webster, who will coach the men's and women's teams, comes to Pacific after leading the successful Lake Forest swimming and diving program since 1999.

In his seven-year tenure, Webster coached seven All-Americans, two national champions (including the 2006 Division III Diver of the Year), nine Midwest Conference (MWC) Swimmer/Divers of the Year and 51 conference champions. Webster's teams never finished worse than third at the Midwest Conference meet and he led the Foresters' men to the 2001 MWC championship.

In 2005-06, Webster led the Lake Forest programs to a combined 9-7 dual meet record (5-3 for women, 4-4 for men) and led the Foresters' women's team to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships. He coached Kendall Swett to a national championship in the 3-meter diving event and saw Maggie Rezac earn All-American honors in the 1-meter event.

At Pacific, however, Webster will face a new challenge in basically building the Boxers' program from scratch.

The Boxers finished the season with only 10 swimmers last season and has won only one dual meet in the three seasons since the program was resurrected in 2003.

'The main challenge will be educating student-athletes from the high school and age group levels that Pacific is here and a good option,' Webster said. 'On the flip side, it will be nice to be in a position where I won't have to change much to start building the program.

'The transition should be fairly quick.'

Equally interested in his athlete's academic performances as their athletic performances, Webster has seen over 50 of his athletes at Lake Forest earn academic all-conference honors and two earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors.

Webster began his coaching career at the Division I level, spending one season at Harvard as assistant men's water polo coach and five seasons as the assistant men's and women's swimming coach at North Carolina. While in Chapel Hill, Webster helped coach the Tar Heels to six Atlantic Coast Conference championships and also worked as the head age group coach at the North Carolina Aquatic Club.

A native of Durham, N.C., Webster swam for four years at Division III Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he helped lead the Ephs to four New England Conference championships and four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships.

He graduated from Williams in 1992 with a degree in political science and earned his master's degree in 2003 from North Carolina Central University.

Webster and his wife, Amber, have a daughter, Addison, 3, and are expecting their second daughter this month.