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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 lifetime bests.

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 the classroom.

"After learning the ropes from Coach Hemenway, Jake continued to take the program to new heights," Klemm said. "Jake will be greatly missed."

Matt Dickenson will assume the duties as interim head swim coach, along with his current position of men's and women's diving head coach.

[Text from file received from Jeff Nelson, Lincoln College sports information director]

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