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Distler Named Girls’s Swimming Head Coach

Takes over as program’s second head coach after three seasons at SUNY New Paltz

EASTON, Mass. (September 23, 2022) – Stonehill School has named Matthew Distler head coach of the ladies’s swimming program because the Skyhawks are starting their transition to the NCAA Division I degree as a member of the Northeast Convention. The announcement was made by Dean O’Keefe, ’94Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics on the School.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Matthew Distler because the second head coach of our ladies’s swimming program throughout this thrilling time for our School because it begins its transition to NCAA Division I,” stated O’Keefe. “Matthew brings the eagerness and vitality that can be wanted to raise the ladies’s swimming program right here at Stonehill, and can present our student-athletes a mentor who will foster a tradition of non-public development and growth within the pursuit of educational and athletic excellence.”

Distler joins Stonehill after three years as head males’s and girls’s swimming coach at SUNY New Paltz, his alma mater. He guided this system in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled the Hawks 2020-21 season, however led the ladies’s program to a 6-5 twin document over two seasons, putting fourth out of ten groups competing on the 2022 SUNY Athletic Convention ( SUNYAC) Championships after posting a 3-1 twin meet document. New Paltz completed third of 9 on the 2020 SUNYAC Championships, whereas the boys’s program was fourth in 2020 and third in 2022. Distler coached 11 All-SUNYAC performers over his two aggressive seasons as head coach of the Hawks ladies’s program, whereas 11 males earned All-SUNYAC accolades over his two seasons, together with first staff honoree Jared Finn in 2020, successful the 200-yard freestyle.

“I need to thank the Stonehill search committee, particularly Dean O’Keefeand Cindy Macdonaldfor giving me the chance to affix the Stonehill household,” stated Distler. “I can’t start to precise how excited I’m to assist lead this new program by means of its transition to Division I and assist these scholar athletes attain their targets.”



Distler takes over at Stonehill after a stint as head coach of the boys’s and girls’s applications at SUNY New Paltz, his alma mater. (PHOTO COURTESY SUNY New Paltz)

Previous to taking up as head coach at SUNY New Paltz, I’ve served two years as assistant coach. He helped the Hawks to a 4-2 document and fourth place end on the SUNYAC Championships on the ladies’s facet with six All-SUNYAC performers.

The Glens Falls, New York, native earned his Bachelor’s Diploma from New Paltz in 2015. Distler attended SUNY Cortland from 2010-2013, the place he was a SUNYAC Champion within the 200 freestyle, and the 200 and 800 freestyle relays in 2011. In his time at Cortland, I’ve volunteered as a coach for the College’s Adaptive Swim Group. As a swimmer at New Paltz, Distler was named staff captain and MVP in his lone season with the Hawks.

In his time in New Paltz, he was the Shawangunk Grasp’s swim staff assistant coach in 2014-2015, after which head coach in 2015-2016. Distler was an assistant coach for the New Paltz Hawks Swim Membership from 2014-2016. He labored as an assistant coach for the Glens Falls Varsity Swimming groups, and the Glens Falls YMCA Gators.

Stonehill opens its 2022-23, its second full intercollegiate season, on Saturday, October 1, when it hosts its annual Purple & White Meet at Massasoit Neighborhood School at midday. The Skyhawks will then formally open its season two weeks later, when it hosts fellow Northeast Convention member Merrimack School at Massasoit on Saturday, October 15, at midday, marking the primary official dwelling meet in program historical past. Stonehill will compete at its first NEC Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, February 21-25, 2023.

Stonehill, a transitioning NCAA Division I establishment as a member of the Northeast Convention, gives 23 varsity intercollegiate athletic applications, with ladies’s ice hockey set to start competitors within the New England Girls’s Collegiate Hockey Alliance for the 2022-23 season. Stonehill, which started its four-year Division I acclimation interval and NEC membership on July 1, has received the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Convention Presidents’ Cup six instances, ending within the high three within the ultimate standings 15 of the final 17 years , and is considered one of simply ten establishments nationwide to obtain the NCAA Presidents’ Award for Educational Achievement, recognizing athletic departments with an Educational Success score of 90-percent or higher, every of the primary ten years of this system’s existence.

Stonehill groups have earned 118 NCAA Event bids over its historical past, additionally recurrently sending student-athletes to compete on the NCAA Championships in males’s and girls’s observe & discipline. Girls’s lacrosse has received two NCAA Nationwide Championships in 2003 and 2005, and Corey Thomas, ’13 received the indoor excessive soar nationwide title on the 2011 NCAA Indoor Monitor & Subject Championships. Equestrian captured the Intercollegiate Horse Present Affiliation (IHSA) Hunter Seat Nationwide Championship in 2003 and picked up a number of particular person nationwide championships over the course of its historical past as effectively.

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