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Stubbs retires from coaching at Olivet College; Taber named replacement
Apr 10, 2007

OLIVET, Mich. Dave Stubbs, Olivet Colleges head mens and womens swimming and diving coach, has announced his retirement, effective May 1. Olivet Athletic Director Tom Shaw has announced that Jake Taber, an assistant swimming coach at Hope College, will replace Stubbs.

I had five great years at Olivet College, said Stubbs. It is time for me to move on. It is also the right thing to do at this time for the future of the program. I have strong relationships with the athletes I am leaving behind and that is the thing I will miss the most.

Stubbs, who has led Olivet to back-to-back Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in mens swimming and diving, is credited with reviving the Comets programs during his five-year tenure. On the mens side, he leaves Olivet with a 23-10 overall record and 16-7 league mark. He helped produce 11 All-MIAA performers, seven individual and one relay team league champions, four national qualifiers and 14 MIAA Academic Honor Roll recipients. Three of his student-athletes were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Individual Academic Honor Roll.

He guided the women to a record of 23-19 overall and 13-15 in the MIAA. Under his watch, there were four All-MIAA performers, two conference champions, two national qualifiers, 34 MIAA Academic Honor Roll recipients and two CSCAA Individual Academic Honor Roll honorees. The womens program also earned three MIAA Team GPA awards and two CSCAA Academic All-American team awards.

Dave Stubbs deserves enormous credit for what he accomplished in just five years with the Comet swimming and diving programs, said Shaw. He put the programs on the map and did it with outstanding student-athletes who excelled in both the classroom and the pool. We will miss his dedication to the swimming and diving programs and the Olivet College campus community.

With Jake Taber, we have an up-and-coming coach with a very bright future. I am confident he will continue to enhance both of our programs.

Taber has spent the last three years at Hope, serving as an assistant mens and womens swimming coach and admissions representative. His coaching duties included managing the recruiting efforts for both programs, assisting with training and development, as well as planning and meet management.

This is a unique opportunity as I step into an established program, said Taber. I am looking forward to taking the next step in my life. There is a solid foundation of returning swimmers thanks to Coach Stubbs. Also, I am encouraged by the commitment shown to the programs by President (Don) Tuski.

Taber earned a bachelors degree in 2004 from Hope, where he was a four-year letterwinner on the swimming and diving team. He helped Hope capture the 2004 MIAA champions and was on two freestyle relay teams that competed at the 2004 NCAA Division III National Championships.

A native of Battle Creek, Taber starred at Lakeview High School, where he swam for Stubbs.


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