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Legendary UNCW swim coach retiring

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The founding father of UNCW's swimming and diving program is calling it a career. Dave Allen announced today he will retire at the end of June after 44 years in coaching, including the last 37 in the Port City. Allen says he wants to spend more time with his wife, children and three grandsons. "It's time for me to step aside and let someone else take the program to a higher level," Allen said. "The decision to retire is not based on any one thing. I still enjoy the on-deck coaching and working with the student-athletes and the competitions. There are so many other behind-the-scenes duties that need much more energy than I have right now." Allen, 66, recently led the men's team to an unprecedented 13th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championship in College Park, Md. He has also coached the UNCW women to three championships, including back-to-back crowns in 1998 and 1999, and the 1997 and 1998 ECAC crowns. "This is something that I discussed with my family going back to last year," Allen said. "Winning the conference meet this year, especially the way we did it, put an exclamation point on the season. I don’t know if it can get any better." Allen originated the program in 1977-78 and has directed the Seahawks to a combined 16 conference championships, 13 on the men's side and three for the women, along with a pair of Eastern titles. The ultra-successful mentor has been named CAA Coach-of-the-Year 15 times, including five for the women and 10 for the men.

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