PROVO -- One of the longest tenured coaches in BYU school history has decided to -- quite literally -- hang up the towel.
Tim Powers, head coach of the BYU swimming team since 1975, will retire at the end of the 2012 season, according to a press release provided by the university.
During his coaching career, Powers has collected six conference Coach of the Year awards, and his teams have received 17 conference titles, 46 All-America awards, and 32 Academic All-America awards.
16 of his swimmers have competed in the Olympics from 10 different countries, and Powers has had a swimmer compete in every Olympics since 1972.
"Tim Powers has enjoyed a fantastic career at BYU coaching the swimming and diving programs for the greater part of four decades. The success he's enjoyed in the pool, and the quality of the individual student-athletes he has coached, speaks for itself," said Tom Holmoe, BYU Director of Athletics. "Tim leaves an amazing legacy at BYU as a coach and mentor of young men and women, and has been a great representative of the university at the national level.
Powers coached the co-ed swimming team from 1975 to 1981, until he handed over control the women's program to Stan Crump, and diverted his attention completely to the men's squad. Powers coached the men for 27 years until the university once again combined the two teams in 2008.
In 1990, the Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America awarded the Master Coach Award to Powers.
Recipients of this honor are required to record at least 11 consecutive winning seasons, coach teams to conference championships, place swimmers on Olympic teams, and coach athletes to NCAA All-America status.
"It has been a real privilege for me to rub shoulders with some of the best men and women student-athletes in the country," said Powers. "Coaching at BYU has been an experience of a lifetime. Through the BYU experience I have made lifetime friends all over the world."
A former swimmer himself, Powers once held an age-group national record, and was a Big Sky conference champion in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events at the University of Montana, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1968.
Powers hopes to serve an LDS mission in the near future with his wife, Patcee.