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Calomeris is named new Ferrum College swimming coach

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

FERRUM -- Tom Calomeris, formerly the head coach at Catholic (D.C.) University, has been hired as Ferrum College's new swimming coach.

Director of Athletics Abe Naff confirmed Calomeris' hiring in a statement released Monday by the college's Sports Information office. He began his coaching duties Monday.

Calomeris will coach Ferrum's women's swimming team this year and also recruit men for the Panthers' new men's swimming team, which will make its intercollegiate debut next fall.

Calomeris replaces Lindsay DeLaRosby, who guided Ferrum's women's team during its inaugural season. She resigned in August and was recently hired as an assistant men's and women's swimming coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Calomeris coached at Catholic University from 1987-2004, producing four Capital Athletic Conference championships (1994, 1995, 1999, 2000) with the Cardinals.

Calomeris' 1994 and 1995 men's teams won National Catholic School Division III championships, hosted at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Calomeris' women's team took the 1995 NCS national championship.

Calomeris had eight individuals qualify for the NCAA Division III national championships, including three that earned All-America honors.

Calomeris earned Capital Athletic Conference men's swimming Coach of the Year laurels four times (1994, 1995, 1999, 2000). He was the 1994 and 1995 National Catholic School Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995, as well as the women's NCS Coach of the Year in 1995.

Calomeris served as Paralympics Games assistant swimming coach at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, helping lead Joyce Luncher to four gold medals and four world records for the United States. He was also Paralympics World Trials assistant coach for the Atlanta games.

A former police officer with Prince George's County (Md.) Police Department, Calomeris earned the rank of detective before retiring after 20 years on the force.

Calomeris is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89, and holds professional membership in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

The Panthers open Friday, Oct. 26, with a tri-meet against Emory & Henry College (E&H) and King (Tenn.) College.

The non-conference meet gets underway at 5 p.m at E&H.

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