CSCAA Honors Coach Powers with Distinguished Service Award

PROVO -- The College Swimming Coaches Association of America honored BYU men's swimming head coach Tim Powers with the Distinguished Service Award during its convention in San Diego on Tuesday.

"It was a surprise to me," Powers said. "I really didn't know I was getting the award, so it was very nice."

Powers, entering his 30th year with BYU, has received several other awards during his successful tenure. He has received the MWC Coach of the Year five times and the CSCAA's Master Coach Award in 1990.

Powers, who recently finished a three-year term serving as president of the organization, has been involved in a leadership role with the CSCAA for the past six years. He currently serves in an advising role with the organization.

"I've really tried to work hard for collegiate swimming and the issues that are facing our sport," Powers said. "It feels pretty good to be recognized."

University of Minnesota women's swimming coach, Jean Freeman, also received the award. Freeman is retiring this year after coaching the Golden Gophers for 31 years.

The CSCAA is the oldest coaches association in America having been founded in 1922. The organization has over 550 member coaches, from both men's and women's swimming, and over 800 certified officials. It recognizes All Americans and Academic All Americans, outstanding coaches and contributors and help oversee the welfare of collegiate swimming. For more information on the CSCAA visit their website at www.cscaa.org.