Five-Time Olympian Dara Torres Has Just Been Named Head Swimming & Diving Coach At Boston College

Five-Time Olympian Dara Torres has just been named Head Swimming & Diving Coach at Boston College. Since the beginning of her career, Dara has received countless awards, numerous speaking engagements, and even published two books. There is no doubt she has made a name, reputation, and community for herself that just keeps growing. Dara is not only extremely hard working and dedicated, but she is also incredibly ambitious and is always seeking her next great accomplishment. Since finishing her olympic career, Dara has continued to swim and remains just as passionate about the sport. When the opportunity to be the Swimming & Diving Coach at Boston College came around, there was no way she could turn it down. 

Dara’s main goal is to educate others on how to be their best selves, and she aspires to teach people that age is just a number. It is never too late to reach your greatest potential, and you cannot let anything hold you back, only push you forward. Being a coach to young swimmers is a dream come true for Dara, and she cannot wait to take on this role. As excited as she is to fill this position, Blake James, the BC Athletic Director seems to be meeting her right there. James says,” “We are thrilled to welcome Dara Torres as our new head swimming & diving coach. From the moment we met with Dara, it was evident that she was exactly the fit we were looking for to begin a fresh, new chapter of Boston College swimming & diving.  Her record as a world-class competitor is historic and her ability to clearly articulate her vision as a coach and leader will allow our student-athletes to develop and excel in and out of the pool.” 

As a coach, Torres has helped coach and mentor swimmers of various ages and skill levels, while serving as an advocate in leadership roles for the sport. 

Dara says, “This is a full-circle moment for me,”. “I’ve learned from great coaches at every point in my career. This opportunity to share what I’ve learned, in and out of the pool, and pass along technique, confidence, and support as part of the Boston College Athletics Department is a dream. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.”

Boasting an Olympic career that spanned 24 years, Torres represented the United States as a 17-year old at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.  It culminated with her becoming the oldest female swimmer – at 41 years of age – to compete in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  In 2009, Torres earned a trio of major awards: the ESPY Award for Best Comeback, the Thurman Munson Award, given to New York City athletes for their achievements and humanitarian efforts, and the World Fair play Award for best sportsmanship at the Olympics. She refuses to give up, and will never back down from being the best she can be. 

To add to Dara’s accolades she was the first female athlete ever to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and in 2009, won the ESPY award for “Best Comeback.” She was also named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated Magazine, and was featured on the cover of People Magazine as an exclusive piece about her 30 year journey with asthma. Her efforts are extremely notable, incredibly impressive, and very inspiring. 

Dara is so much more than a role model, teacher, and icon. The Boston College Swimming and Diving team is so lucky to have her, and we know that she is going to do amazing things for them, and keep reaching new heights for herself. We cannot wait to follow this new chapter and to see where it takes her. 

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