WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced today that Larry Curran is the new head coach for the men’s and women’s swimming programs as announced by Athletic Director Michael Weinstock. Curran begins his new duties as swim coach immediately.
“We are excited to welcome Larry to the GU Athletics family. He served a valuable role as an assistant coach with our swim teams that have won three North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships in two years,” said Weinstock. “Larry will be able to make a smooth transition from assistant to head coach since he is familiar with our swimmers and program. I look forward to the future success of our swim programs for years to come.”
Curran served as an assistant coach last season under former head coach Bill Snape, who stepped down after eight years at the helm. Snape remains with the GU swim program as the Coordinator of Swimming Operations. Curran has many years of coaching swim clubs and teams over the years but this is his first collegiate job as a head coach. He started swimming when he was 19-years-old and made the Tulane University swimming team where he became a two-time All-American in the 50-yard sprint in 1966, ’67. While at Tulane he helped to coach the Green Wave Swim Club for four years. He was inducted into the Tulane University Hall of Fame in 1985. Curran graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1977.
“I am excited for this chance to continue the tradition of excellence that Coach Snape built here,” said Curran. “I hope our future teams can contribute to the rich Gallaudet tradition.”
Curran served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a pilot and recently served as the Chief Information Officer for the National Park Service. He was also appointed to the U.S. Federal Government’s senior executive service in 2003 and joined the Department of Commerce where he served as the Director, Telecommunications Operations Center for the National Weather Service. Curran retired from the Navy in 1988 and retired from the National Park Service in 2010. Curran was born in Boston and grew up in Mobile, Ala., with a few years spent in France.
“The opportunity is there for whomever wants to swim at GU. We can tailor our program to reach our team and individual goals. We need swimmers that have the right attitude and are ready to compete at the collegiate level,” said Curran. “My responsibilities don’t end with just swimming as I hope to provide some building blocks for our student-athletes to reach their life goals as well as their swimming goals. I will try and take everyone as far as I can get them.”
Curran resides in Bethesda, Md., with his wife Judy and he has twin daughters Allison and Marisa.