Peter Linn will be leaving his coaching duties at Eastern Michigan University, effective August 16. Linn had the third-longest career of any athletics coach in school history, behind Bob Parks and Steve Wilce. EMU athletics announced that there will be a national search for the next, and ninth head coach of the women's swimming program.
The men's program was cut in March of 2018, which was under Linn since 1988. His coaching record with his men's teams was 204-63 overall and 116-7 versus MAC opponents. He added his coaching to the women's program in 2004 and was with the team up until the end of the 2018-19 season. Linn's record for the women's program was 104-38 overall and 62-23 against the MAC.
Linn has been named Coach of the Year a combined 10 times in the MAC for both programs, eight for the men's and two for the women's. He has also coached a combined 18 athletes that won MAC Swimmer of the Year. There has been 299 athletes who achieved individual MAC championships and 26 team championships.
Add three more championships to when Linn was a swimmer at EMU. He helped win NAIA titles in 1970-71, and the NCAA Division II title in 1972. Linn was a student from 1969-1974 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in science, a double major in biology and mathematics.
He coached high school in Ohio from 1976-1988 at Shaker Heights and Upper Arlington. Linn's time at Upper Arlington included three straight state championships. Success before stepping up the college ranks gave him recognition in 2002. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame.
Linn also coached decorated swimmer Delaney Duncan, who finished her Eagles career this past March. Her last race was the 200-meter breaststroke at the NCAA Championships on March 23, 2019 with a nineteenth place finish. Duncan's best finish overall was in 2018 when she was the national runner-up in the 100-meter breaststroke.