Head Coach Coach Clark is the head coach of Hawken Girls and Boys Varsity Swimming, and the head coach and CEO of the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins. Coach Clark did his collegiate swimming at Kenyon College.
In addition to having served as head coach of the men’s and women’s swim teams at Case Western Reserve University, where he generated a long list of team accolades, among them two NCAA Division III National Champions, Todd has also coached numerous other teams including the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Aquatic Club, the Pittsburgh Field Club, and the Kenyon College swim team. His long history of achievements includes serving as senior vice chairman of Allegheny Mountain swimming, head coach at AMS Olympic Training Center All Star Team Camp, 5-time United States Masters Swimming national champion, and 7-time NCAA Swimming All-American, to mention just a few. He has also been named North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and University Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Hawken Swimming’s long legacy of success is grounded in a commitment to excellence, to the development of scholar-athletes, and to the school’s motto of Fair Play. The team’s impressive list of distinctions spans decades and is a testament to its coaches, who know exactly what it takes to develop champions.
Hawken coaches focus on a balance of individualized instruction/training and a commitment to character development. To maximize growth in these areas, coaches work to get to know each individual student.
Individualized training includes workouts designed for individual swimmers as well as attention to stroke mechanics. Coaches recognize that while there is a perfect stroke for each swimmer, there isn’t a single perfect stroke for all swimmers. They also recognize that different strokes (events) require varied approaches.
Endurance training and swimming have been the basis of Hawken’s success in the pool - a testament to our swimmers’ hard work and time commitment to their training. This has resulted in tremendous success in the endurance events at the high school level: Hawken boys and girls have won the 500 freestyle at the State Meet 20 times and the 200 freestyle 19 times, and Hawken girls have won the 400 free relay 20 times.
Both individual and team goal-setting are critical to Hawken Swimming success. Coaches recognize that while swimming is an individual sport, commitment to the team is paramount. Individual success helps the team, but it is commitment to the team, both in daily routines and in competition rosters, that elevates everyone.
Hawken coaches plan for success at the highest levels, the District and State Meets. They focus on aligning individuals with the right stroke and event and are aware that carefully constructed relays are key to team success.
Dryland workouts have been integrated into the practice routine and are tailored specifically to each athlete’s needs or designed as group activities. These workouts build strength and endurance and also have a tertiary benefit: team-building.
A commitment to character education is pervasive in all areas of student life at Hawken School, and swimming and diving are no exception. Both in and out of the pool, our coaches are committed to providing opportunities for our student-athletes to hone life-skills such as hard work, commitment, resilience, teaming skills, and problem-solving, as well as traits such as empathy, integrity, kindness, and excellence in sportsmanship. Above all, Hawken coaches, parents, and faculty work to foster strong citizens of our school and greater community.
Hawken Swimming Notable Achievements
31 team state championships: 28 girls, 3 boys
20 consecutive girls team state championships: an Ohio HS all-sport, all-division record and an open, ongoing streak
9 state runner-up finishes: 3 girls, 6 boys
56 top-five team finishes at States
53 team district championships, 36 girls, 17 boys – first title was 1976 boys
32 Chagrin Valley Conference championships since it began in 1996
88 individual and 52 relay state championship events won
A total of 140 events won at the state meet
350 top-four finishes in individual and relay events at the state meet
Scores of Olympic Trials qualifiers and All-Americans
Girls Team Highlights
Hawken girls have won the 400 free relay at states 20 times since its first win in 1984.
Hawken girls currently hold the Division II State Record in 5 of the 11 swimming events.