This year's Fall Sports Banquet was one for the books as Coach Craig McConnell was inducted into the AHN Athletic Hall of Fame. The true "father of AHN swimming", Craig was the Academy's first swim coach, partnering with the late Sr. Constance Casey to form the team in 1971. His enthusiasm and skill created a winning combination from the start.
The team placed 2nd behind perennial national Champion Ft. Lauderdale Pine Crest in the State 4A Championship in 1974, 1975, 1976 and in the course of his 8-year tenure, AHN won 63 dual meets, losing only 4 (a winning percentage of 94%). AHN dominated local and regional swimming from the beginning, winning the City and District Championships all 8 years Craig was at the helm. And that was just the beginning. AHN won 21 team 'invitational' meet championships from 1971-78 and the individual All-County and All-State accolades AHN swimmers received are too numerous to list. From 1975 to 1978, Academy swimmers received a total of 32 All American Certificates.
We had an unprecedented number of nominations for Craig, each with very similar themes. Craig wasn't merely a swim coach, he was (and still is) a life coach. As one of his many nominators stated; "His words, his teachings, his example, his coaching have never left me. Craig McConnell is one of the greatest influences in my life and in so many other girls that swam for him. He is one of a kind. He is a Hall of Famer." It is a great pleasure to induct Coach Craig McConnell as a member of the 2016-2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Class.