Hawken School announced Tuesday that the upcoming high school swimming season will be Jerry Holtrey's 45th and final as the leader of the Hawks' renowned program.
Holtrey, who has informed the school of his intention to retire following the 2013-14 campaign, led Hawken swim teams to 25 state championships - 23 boys titles and two girls titles.
When Hawken's girls squad won its 14th consecutive state championship in 2012, it broke the Ohio High School Athletic Association record for most consecutive titles in any sport or division. The record now stands at 15, following the team's 2013 state championship win.
One of Northeast Ohio's most heralded and respected prep sports coaches, Holtrey's accomplishments have received local, state and national recognition. He has been inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and the American Swimming Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame.
Holtrey has coached hundreds of All-American swimmers, including open-water world champion Erica Rose and Olympians Melanie Valero and Diana Munz.
The current Hawks swim leader founded the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins, one of the nation's top club swim programs, in 1965.
Bocci named successor
While announcing Holtrey's impending retirement, Hawken also announced that Jim Bocci will take over as the school's boys and girls swimming coach in 2014-15.
Bocci currently serves as the aquatics director and head swimming and diving coach at Spire Institute and is the current director of the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins.
Prior to his current coaching duties, Bocci served as the head swim coach at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. Under his guidance, Fork Union was consistently ranked as one of the top 10 high school teams in the country, and Bocci was twice named Virginia High School Coach of the Year.
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