Joining the Hamline Swim and Dive team has definitely been the best decision I could of possibly made, besides attending Hamline of course!
Coach Hawke and Coach Mike have created the most challenging, yet fun and loving environment for each athlete on the team. They challenge us not only in the water, but also in our academics. Having coaches who want you to succeed in all your goals, and are able to give you the resources to do so has been extremely helpful.
In the past, my experiences have always been with swimming being my main priority, so this change is very welcomed! Coach Hawke started coaching the Hamline Swim and Dive team starting in 2013, and has greatly improved everything about the program. He expects only the best, and pushes every swimmer to be and do their best. He wants results and he gets them.
Originally I wasn’t planning on swimming in college, I had lost my love for the sport, but Hawke reminded me why I started swimming 11 years ago, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of this season, and the next three, take me.
If you are interested in playing a sport in college, I definitely recommend getting in touch with a coach as early as the beginning of your junior year!
Talk to them about their expectations for you as an athlete, their coaching styles, their standings in their conference, and how you would improve as an athlete under their direction. I met Coach Hawke by chance at a Piper Preview (Hamline Fall visit day/tour.) I wasn’t expecting anything, I just took a chance and look at where I am today! Swimming for my dream team!
He was straight forward with his expectations for me as an athlete and a student, and discussed with me why I was an important asset for his team. He eventually introduced me to the team over an MEA overnight, and I have never looked back.
Division III (D3) athletics was a great option for me personally, because it had more of an emphasis on putting your education first compared to a lot of the D1 and D2 colleges I had toured earlier. Coach Hawke has an amazing passion for the sport, and I can’t wait to see what he helps me achieve.
So in closing, do your research while touring colleges! And if you are interested in playing a sport contact coaches NOW!!
They love it when you contact them, and want to know about their programs! I have never once regretted joining this amazing team, although getting up for morning practices may suck in the moment, I know every hour I spend in the pool I will be more prepared to kick butt in the 100 fly at MIAC in February!
Also for any of you swimmers looking to swim in college, definitely contact coach Hawke! We are always looking for new talent and would love for you to join our Piper family!