PASADENA, Calif. (May 23, 2016) - Former water polo and swimming & diving coach Clinton Dodd has been honored with the SCIAC Distinguished Service Award. He will be recognized at the SCIAC's annual awards banquet on May 24, 2016.
The award reconizes an individual who has promoted collegiate athletics and the concept of the student-athlete as a coach, administrator or long term member of the conference and/or otherwise been involved with servicing college athletics on campus. The award may be given to nominees who have retired or resigned from athletics administration and who have rendered such meritorious service to intercollegiate athletics as may seem sufficient to entitle them to this honor.
Dodd spent 34 years of involvement in the SCIAC, beginning in 1979 when he served as Head Water Polo Coach at Whittier College and Assistant Coach at Cal State Los Angeles. In 1980, he was hired as head coach of both the water polo and swimming & diving programs, including taking the helm of the new women's water polo varsity team in 2003 after founding the club team in 1980. Dodd retired in 2013 having coached over 1,000 student-athletes, dozens of coaching association Academic All-Americans and producing several NCAA All-Americans.
During his tenure, Dodd was greatly appreciated by the student body at Caltech, where played a key role in teaching aquatics classes, including scuba, over his 25 years. He earned the ASCIT Excellence in Teaching award, the National Scuba Instructor Excellence Service Award and the Golden Pin from USA Water Polo for 25 years of service.
Dodd received his BS degree from Humboldt State University in 1979, with a double major in Physical Education and Biology. Even in retirement, he still attends several Caltech water polo matches and swim meets and can often be spotted at the SCIAC Championships. His commitment to excellence and warm smile has pushed many Caltech student-athletes to extend themselves far beyond what they did prior to attending Caltech and formed strong bonds with the faculty and administration.