Lynx head swim coach resigns position
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[September 20, 2012]
Jake Sexton, who trained five national
champions while head coach of the Lincoln College Lynx men's and
women's swim team, confirmed Wednesday that he is resigning his
position to begin a new career outside of coaching.
Sexton has accepted a job as the executive director and CEO at
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois.
Sexton was the assistant coach under Dan Hemenway from 2003-2007
and became head coach in 2007. In Sexton's debut season as head
coach, he produced 18 all-Americans at the NJCAA national
championships. His team also broke five team records, 12 Region IV
records and earned 45 personal bests. In his first year as head
coach, Sexton also had his first NJCAA national champion in Joe
Taylor in the 100 backstroke.
At the 2008 NJCAA national championships, the men placed second
and the women fourth.
In 2012, the Lynx continued their success. The men and women both
finished third at the NJCAA national championships. Sexton's squad
produced 30 all-Americans, seven new team records and over 50
Sexton's swimmers and divers are also no strangers to success in
the classroom. Since he returned to the Lynx as an assistant in
2003, the program has carried a cumulative team GPA over 3.1, has
had one salutatorian, over 21 athletes inducted into the Phi Theta
Kappa academic fraternity, and over 20 athletes have been selected
for Who's Who Among Students in America's Junior Colleges.
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Dave Klemm, Lincoln College athletic director, said that Sexton had
unparalleled dedication to his athletes and the program, and the
athletic office is very proud of the success his athletes showed in
"After learning the ropes from Coach Hemenway, Jake continued to
take the program to new heights," Klemm said. "Jake will be greatly
Matt Dickenson will assume the duties as interim head swim coach,
along with his current position of men's and women's diving head
[Text from file received from Jeff Nelson,
Lincoln College sports information director]
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