Saturday, June 10, 2017

Duffy Dillon Retires







After coaching several swimmers to individual state championships during a 19-year run, Duffy Dillon is calling it a career.
The Cardinal Gibbons swimming and water polo coach announced his retirement this week.
“All good things must come to an end,” said Dillon in a press release from the Fort Lauderdale private school. “My run with Cardinal Gibbons has been nothing short of wonderful.”
Dillon, who was took over at Gibbons in 1998, guided this year’s girls water polo team to its first appearance at the state tournament at Ransom Everglades, where the Chiefs fell 17-3 to Winter Park in the quarterfinal round.
Dillon and his assistant, John Musengo, have been named the Sun Sentinel’s All-County girls water polo Coaches of the Year after leading Cardinal Gibbons to upset wins over Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale and Cypress Bay before finishing the season 14-4.
A 1983 Fort Lauderdale High School graduate, Dillon starred at the University of Florida, where he was a two-time NCAA champion swimmer. A member of the Gators’ title-winning 800-yard freestyle and NCAA runner-up 400 free relay teams, Duffy helped UF repeat as NCAA champs in 1984.
After college, he served as a coach or director of swim programs across the country ranging from youth swimming to preps, college, masters and also as a member of USA Swimming’s board of directors.
Dillon was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.



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