Five Men's Seniors Honored in Pre-Meet Ceremonies
Senior earns first of his career with two wins against Ball State
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Now entering his 27th year at the helm of the Miami University men's swimming and diving team, head coach Pete Lindsay has overseen almost three decades of success in the pool. A six-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, Lindsay has guided the RedHawks to three conference titles, including their most recent first-place finish in 2006.
With a 148-112 victory over Xavier on October 25, 2008, Lindsay earned the 145th dual meet win of his Miami career, giving him the most in school history. Entering the 2010-11 season, Lindsay's career total to 151 wins. Under Lindsay, five Miami swimmers and divers earned All-MAC honors in 2010. At the end of the 2009 season, he guided Chris Heaton to two MAC diving titles and a fourth consecutive MAC Diver of the Year award.
The 2005-06 season was one of Lindsay's most successful, as Miami upended six-time defending champion Eastern Michigan and captured its first MAC title since 1999. Winning 10 of the 20 events at the conference meet, the RedHawks took home eight individual conference titles, two relay crowns and placed a league-high 12 athletes on the all-conference squads.
Since taking over the Miami program in the 1985-86 season, Lindsay has helped the RedHawks finish as either the runner-up or the conference champion on 17 occasions, including Mid-American Conference titles in 1997, 1999 and 2006.
In the past 16 seasons, Lindsay has guided the RedHawks to 11 seasons of .500 or better, including a school-record tying 12 wins in 2001-02. From 1990-1999, Lindsay compiled eight seasons of .500 or better, including back-to-back seasons of double-digit wins in 1995-96 and 1996-97, the first time Miami had accomplished the feat since the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons. Additionally, Lindsay was named coach of the year four times in the 1990's, taking home the award in 1991, 1994, 1996 and 1999.
During his career in Oxford, Lindsay has mentored over 100 individual and relay conference champions, 10 MAC Swimmers of the Year, 10 MAC Divers of the Year and three MAC Championship teams. His career record stands at 151-130-3, good for a .537 winning percentage.
Prior to Miami, Lindsay was the head coach of the women's team at the University of Michigan. In Ann Arbor, he coached six All-Americans and led the Wolverines to a ninth-place finish at the 1984 NCAA Championships. Before his stint with the Wolverines, Lindsay served as the men's and women's coach at Western Michigan University from 1979-1983 where he produced 11 MAC Champions.
Lindsay started his coaching career in 1967 as a coach with the San Diego Swimming Association. As an undergraduate at Miami in 1971-72, he was the varsity coach at Talawanda High School in Oxford before spending the 1973-74 season at the Long Beach Swimming Club. After serving as a volunteer assistant at the University of Washington from 1974 to 1975, Lindsay spent two seasons a as an assistant at the U.S. Naval Academy before working as Miami's graduate assistant from 1977-79.
Lindsay is currently the only Miami head coach who teaches full-time at the university. He works as a sports studies instructor in the department of physical education, health and sports studies.
THE LINDSAY FILE YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORD Year Record MAC Finish 1985-86 3-7-0 Fourth 1986-87 5-5-0 Third 1987-88 4-5-0 Second 1988-89 3-7-0 Second 1989-90 5-8-0 Third 1990-91 7-6-0 Second 1991-92 7-4-0 Second 1992-93 6-6-0 Third 1993-94 4-7-0 Second 1994-95 9-4-0 Second 1995-96 11-1-0 Second 1996-97 10-3-1 First 1997-98 5-7-0 Third 1998-99 8-3-0 First 1999-00 7-5-0 Second 2000-01 7-5-0 Second 2001-02 12-2-0 Second 2002-03 4-8-0 Fourth 2003-04 6-4-0 Second 2004-05 7-4-0 Second 2005-06 4-3-0 First 2006-07 3-7-0 Second 2007-08 6-5-1 Second 2008-09 4-7-0 Third 2009-10 4-7-1 Fourth 2010-11 4-5-1 Fourth