Coaches

Ken McLaughlin:Head Coach

Ken McLaughinKen McLaughlin enters his 10th season as head coach of the swimming and diving team at SUNY Potsdam.

Currently the most experienced coach in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, McLaughlin began his coaching career in 1985 at Potsdam. During his career, he has seen age group swimmers ranked as high as first in the U.S. He has also coached 12 junior national qualifiers, four senior national qualifiers - including one who placed - and two Olympic trial qualifiers. Additionally, McLaughlin has coached six NCAA national qualifiers, including one All-American, 13 conference champions, 22 Potsdam record setters and one SUNYAC MVP.


In 1998, McLaughlin also started the NCAA Division I women's program at Siena College. Within three years, the Siena women advanced from ninth to fourth place in the 10-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.


Coach McLaughlin holds a bachelor's in physical education and a master's from Indiana University.  As a swimmer at Indiana, he was a four-year Division I national qualifier and a school record holder. In 1981, McLaughlin was ranked ninth in the world in the 50-meter freestyle.




Joshua Jock: Assistant Coach

Joshua Jock_72dpi Joshua Jock, a 2003 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, returns for his third season as assistant coach.

Jock is also the co-founder and current head coach of Northern TRIBS Swimming (NTS), a USA swim club that began in 2007. Members of TRIBS have participated in USA Swimming competitions and qualified for long and short course Gold Championships and the NYSPHSAA State Championships. Members have also competed at the Empire State Games.

Jock will direct the Bears' Competitive Swimming group and will be instructing lessons in Potsdam this fall. Last year, he restarted the Bears' Swimming Training “Boot Camp.” Jock hopes to expand his knowledge of coaching various levels of swimming to help improve the level of competition in Section X at the high school level.


Joshua earned his bachelor's in theatre and a master's in elementary education. While attending SUNY Potsdam, Joshua swam in final events for the 100 and 200 backstroke and several relay events at the SUNYAC Championships. Jock continues to swim, competing at the U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) as an Adirondack District (AD) member.

 

Nathan LaRowe: Diving Coach

Nathan LaRowe

Nathan LaRowe enters his first season as diving coach for the SUNY Potsdam swimming & diving team.


A four-time All-American diver in his career at SUNY Potsdam, LaRowe capped his decorated career in 2010 after winning the NCAA Division III title in the 1-meter dive, besting Brian Sobel of Springfield (Mass.) by more than 20 points, at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. His national championship was the first for any Bears program since the men's basketball team won in 1986 under legendary coach Jerry Welsh. LaRowe, who also placed third in the 3-meter dive, was named Men's Diver of the Meet.

LaRowe was also a four-time All-SUNYAC honoree and had one other top five finish in the NCAAs, a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter dive in 2009.

A Latham, N.Y., native, LaRowe graduated from Potsdam in 2010 with a bachelor's in criminal justice and sociology.