Swimming Alum Dan Warren '06 Honored with a Bronze Star with Valor
Springfield, Mass. – April 9, 2014
- Former Springfield College swimmer Daniel Warren ‘06
was recently given a Bronze Star with Valor for his defensive actions during an insurgent attack on Bastion Airfield, Afghanistan on September 14, 2012.
The attack on the Bastion, in which Technical Sergeant Warren defended off enemy attacks, was the largest attack on an American Airfield since the Tet Offensive in Vietnam on January 30, 1968.
The battle, a five-hour firefight in which two marines were killed, nine other wounded and $200 million of aircraft and equipment destroyed, consisted of Warren, among others, rescuing soldiers and gunning down grenade-wielding insurgents.
While at Springfield College, Warren swam for the Pride from 2004 to 2006 under direction of head coach John Taffe.
“It is a product of who he has always been. Dan came to me his junior year and told me he wanted to become more aquatically fit for his military training,” said Taffe. “He has always made a point to stop by when he is in town and we have become good friends. He is an inspiration to our program and our school. I am very proud of him.”
Warren was presented with the Bronze Star with Valor at the Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla. on March 2.
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Paul Flipse
Head Coach John Taffe
John Taffe enters his 25th season in 2013-2014 as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Springfield College. Under Taffe’s leadership, the Pride has returned to its status as one of the best collegiate swimming and diving programs in Division III. Read more
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Diving Coach Peter Avdoulos
Peter Avdoulos is regarded as one of the top diving coaches in the nation, and will enter his 29th season as the diving coach for both the men's and women's programs in 2013-2014. The current NEWMAC Women's and Men's Diving Coach of the Year, Avdoulos has coached countless All-New England and All-American divers, as well as several National Champions. Read more
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