Bassett earned her bachelor’s degree from IC in physical education and returned to her alma mater in 2013 to serve as director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports.
“It is an incredible honor to be included in a list of the legends of the coaching ranks of collegiate swimming and diving,” Bassett said. “This is most unexpected and truly appreciated. Contemplating the 100 individuals honored with this CSCAA distinction, I am so fortunate to have learned so much from so many of these great professionals. Attending CSCAA conventions afforded me the opportunity to hear them generously share their expertise on training and technique. Serving on the NCAA Swimming and Diving committee provided the chance to work with exceptional colleagues from Divisions I, II and III. Learning from, working with, and observing these brilliant coaches propelled me to grow and improve. I am beholden to them for my wonderful coaching journey. I am grateful for the education I received from Ithaca College which provided the foundation for my career. I am thankful as well to Union College and William Smith College for the privilege of coaching their swimming and diving teams.
“It is icing on the cake to share this honor with Paula Miller, who has been a mentor, competitor, colleague, and friend,” Bassett continued. “Ithaca College swimming and diving has broad reach, and this recognition says as much about that as it does about us.”
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the nation’s first organization of college coaches. The mission of the CSCAA is to advance the sport of swimming and diving with coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development.