Coach Lessard coaches men’s and women’s swimming. She was inducted into the WC Hall of Fame in 2006; her citation is below:
The success of Washington College’s swim programs can be attributed in equal measure to the athletes and their coach, Kim Lessard.
Kim came to Washington College in 1989 as the assistant women’s coach under Dennis Berry. In 1990 she took over the women’s program, and the following year she added the men’s program. She has accumulated a total of 229 wins, 117 losses and one tie.
The 2001-02 women’s team finished 12-0 in dual meets, achieving the only unbeaten season for any Washington College sport in 30 years.
Washington’s women have been on the plus side of .500 in 11 of the last 12 seasons, and are 138-53 overall with Kim as their coach.
Kim is one of only five coaches to record at least 200 wins, and one of only eight Washington College coaches ever with a combined winning percentage of 66% or greater. Her career winning percentage of 72.3% for the women’s swim team is the highest for a coach of any women’s sport here.
Kim has coached 18 All-Americans at the NCAA Division III level. Her women’s teams have earned Academic All-America status 19 times, and the men’s teams have done so 14 times.
Following Kim’s example of community service, her swimmers annually hold a triathlon that benefits the American Cancer Society, adopt a family for Christmas, coach Special Olympic athletes, and assist with the Learn to Swim program for third-graders.
Building on the successes she enjoyed as a coach of youth swim programs in her hometown of Vineland, NJ, before she landed in Chestertown, Kim has steered the Sho’men Aquatics age-group team—whose home base is the Casey Swim Center of Washington College—to several Delmarva Swim Association championships. Kim’s daughters, Devin and Kelsey, hold numerous Sho’men records.
Washington College considers it an honor and a privilege to induct Kim Lessard into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this sixth day of October, 2006.