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Veteran Swim Coach Retires

Jim Kelly

CONWAY, Ark. (June 19, 2013) – After 31 years, Jim Kelly is stepping down as the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Hendrix College. Also a professor in the Kinesiology Department, Kelly retires after a historic career, having won numerous conference and national honors.

During his tenure, Kelly coached one national champion, 80 All-Americans as well as several conference champions and All-Conference selections. The Warriors also succeeded in the classroom under Kelly’s watch. His women's squad at Hendrix won the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Team Awards for 50 consecutive semesters - every semester since the award was introduced in 1988. The men's teams won the award for 48 consecutive semesters. Kelly was inducted in the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor in 2005 and the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2013, he received the Elijah Pitts Award, given for lifetime achievement to Conway athletics.

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Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit