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The evolution, commitment of a coach

Swim teams prepare for Horizon League Championsh

ByAmanda Hayduk

February 16, 2012

Ten Cleveland State seniors swam and dove for their last time at home on Saturday, February 4th, in the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium. Coach Wally Morton couldn’t be more proud of this group’s “swimming accomplishments, academic achievements, and dedication to the team.”

Even after 38 years of coaching, Morton is still enthusiastic and excited about his athlete’s successes.

For Morton, coaching has changed in many ways over the years.

“It’s more challenging than it used to be. My staff and I are working harder than ever.”
Morton comments on the effects of modern technology and how it has changed how he coaches and recruits.

“For recruiting I used to have to mail a letter to Europe and wait three weeks to hear anything back” a smiling Morton says. It’s different now, but in some ways “It hasn’t changed.

Vikings Swimming Team 2011

People are people. They have the same optimism, reactions, and hope.”
Coach Morton credits his success to his assistant coaches, Andrew Hancock, Rich Karban, and April Woo. “They are all very dedicated and I am blessed to have them” Morton says beaming.

Andrew Hancock will soon be entering the Hall of Fame, where Coach Karban already resides.

“I love Cleveland State. It’s different, very real, and not pretentious. I love the atmosphere. Why would I want to be anywhere else?”

Coach Morton says while leaning back in his big office chair. It’s apparent by the way Morton’s staff and athletes work so hard, that they believe in the way he coaches, and more importantly, who he is. “I just want to make the people around me better.”

Morton is still striving to accomplish big goals, “#1, I want CSU Swimming and Diving to always be a part of the athletic program.
#2, I want to prepare these young men and women for life.