Liz Bucceri ’07, a veteran Loomis Chaffee coach, teacher, and dorm head, will take over the helm of the boys swimming and diving team on the Island when longtime head coach Fred Seebeck retires this spring, Director of Athletics Sue Cabot announced on March 24.
“Liz’s knowledge and passion for the sport, her deep roots at Loomis Chaffee, her student-centered style, her collaborative approach, and her own experience as an accomplished swimmer at both Loomis and in college are just some of the reasons that we are confident that she is the ideal candidate to lead our highly successful boys program,” Sue said.
Liz has been assistant coach to the girls swim team for the past eight years under head coach Bob DeConinck, who coached Liz when she swam for Loomis. She also has worked closely with Fred in swimming and water polo and with Ed Pond, head coach of boys and girls water polo.
As a standout Loomis swimmer, she contributed to the girls’ New England Championship team in 2007 and served as captain her senior year while garnering school records in the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard free, and the 400-meter free.
A four-year decorated swimmer at Hamilton College, Liz served as captain her senior year there as well, competed in five events in the NCAA Division III National Championships, and contributed to four Hamilton records. Since returning to the Island, Bucceri has developed strong relationships with and respect from athletes and fellow coaches, and she looks forward to the continuing the tradition of excellence that Fred has cultivated in his many years of service and leadership at Hedges Pool. Liz also teaches in the Science and Mathematics departments and serves as dorm head of Palmer Hall.
Fred is retiring at the end of the school year after 38 years as a teacher, coach, advisor, dorm head, dean, and mentor at Loomis Chaffee.