Bahan inducted into Peddie School Sports Hall of Fame

Ed Bahan
Head Coach Ed Bahan

BRADFORD, Pa. – Pitt-Bradford swim coach Ed Bahan was inducted into the Peddie School (N.J.) Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 4.

As a member of the 1979 200-medley relay team, Bahan was part of a group that set the first-ever national record for the Peddie swim team in a blistering 1:36.065. All members of the squad, including Bahan, were All-Americans and some of the top prep swimmers in the country.

The purpose of Peddie’s Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize student athletes, exceptional teams, outstanding community members and coaches throughout Peddie’s history by inclusion in this honor. It illustrates the athlete’s character, curiosity, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence on Peddie’s sports fields.

Bahan went on to become a five-time U.S. National competitor and a 1980 U.S. Olympic trial competitor. He took over the Pitt-Bradford swimming program in 2008, just two years after the inaugural season. Since that time, Bahan has made his mark on the program’s short history.

The Panthers have broken every school record, while establishing more than 200 records along the way. During the 2013-14 campaign, freshman Elizabeth Prager became Bahan’s fifth Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Swimmer of the Year.

Under the tutelage of Bahan, Prager exploded onto the scene in her first season in the lanes for Pitt-Bradford. She grabbed three spots on the AMCC All-Conference first team as well.

Between the men’s and women’s teams this season, the Panthers received nine AMCC All-Conference selections as a direct result of Bahan’s guidance. With the bulk of his roster returning for the 2014-15 campaign, the sky is the limit for the Panthers heading into next season.