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