April 11, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University women's swim coach Rocco Aceto announced Thursday his resignation to pursue other opportunities, according to WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk.
"I have resigned my position at WSU to pursue other career opportunities," Aceto said in a statement released by the WSU Sports Information office. He was not available for additional comments.
Aceto took over WSU's swimming program in 1998. Under his leadership, WSU developed its first three-time All-America swimmer, Erin Eldridge, sent at least one swimmer to the NCAA championships in each of his five seasons, gained the school's best finish in the Pacific-10 Conference championships and continued to annually rank as one of the best academic swim teams in the nation.
"We wish Rocco the best as he seeks new opportunities," Sterk said.
In 2001, WSU won a school record nine dual meets and finished 9-3, then placed seventh at the Pac-10 Championships, the highest finish ever for the Cougars. WSU also beat cross-state rival Washington for the first time.
Cougar swimmers have broken school records 53 times since the 1997-98 season, while four Cougar swimmers have made six appearances at the NCAA Championships during the past five seasons.
Before joining the WSU staff, Aceto spent two years as an assistant coach at Auburn University. The Maine native also was a successful United States Swimming coach at Kingwood, Texas, and Southern Maine prior to joining the Auburn program.
Sterk said WSU assistant coach Suzanne Yee will coordinate the program while a national search for a new head coach is conducted.