Southington swimming and diving coach Tuttle named Coach of the Year for boys season

Published on Sunday, 1 April 2018 21:14
Written by SHELBY IAVA

@shelbyiavaNB

SOUTHINGTON - Southington swimming and diving head coach Evan Tuttle describes himself as “just the guy who stands on the pool deck who barks out some orders and designs sets,” yet during the All-State banquet last week, he was named Coach of the Year.

“It was a surprise and it was a very humbling experience,” Tuttle said. “We were recognizing Tyler Heidgerd for his success and his third place finish at the Class LL state meet, and next thing you know I’m receiving the State Swimming Coach of the Year award as well.”

Tuttle has been the head coach of the boys swim program at Southington High for the past eight seasons and has compiled a 61-24-1 record.

For the last six years, Tuttle has also been in charge of girls program, which holds a 48-17-1 record.

“For the past few weeks I’ve had parents, current athletes, former athletes, coaches and friends calling to congratulate me and it’s been very surreal,” Tuttle said. “But as I’ve tried to tell everyone, all that praise is a little misplaced.”

Overjoyed with excitement, Tuttle give credit where credit is deserved.

“It’s not really me that’s been the reason that our program has become successful,” he said. “It’s really the athletes and the caliber of the students that we get out for the swim and dive team.”

Tuttle never expected to receive the Coach of the Year award and said it was a complete shock to him.

“It was not something that I had thought about,” Tuttle said. “I wasn’t made aware of it, I wasn’t told ahead of time, so it was very much a surprise. The experience was very overwhelming and of course I am extremely grateful to be honored and recognized by my peers.”

This year’s Southington boys swimming and diving team went 7-4 in the dual meet season, captured the CCC West championship meet and then placed eighth at the Class LL state meet.

In the girls season, the Blue Knights went 8-2 in dual meets and also won the CCC West championship. Southington finished its season placing 12th in Class LL, all while breaking five school records.

“As a coach I am truly sensable of how fortunate I am to have, in my opinion, the best that our schools, that our communities have to offer, that pursue swimming and diving as their sport,” Tuttle said. “It makes my job not only enjoyable and rewarding, but in a sense easy as well. The kids are there, they want to work and they’re the true reason why the program has been so successful in the past few seasons.”

The 31-year-old coach grew up in Enfield but now lives in Southington. Besides coaching, Tuttle is also social studies teacher at Southington High School and has been for the past decade.

Shelby Iava can be reached at (860)801-5096 or siava@newbritainherald.com



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington on Sunday, 1 April 2018 21:14. Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2018 21:16.