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Clark Falkenstein
August 31, 2000


Clark Falkenstein- Over 300 People Attend Service

Clark Falkenstein, 48 years old,long-time coach of New Canaan's Triple Lindy Divers age group team died from cancer on August 31, 2000. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill (''73), he went to Clemson on a full scholarship for graduate school (MBA) in return for his coaching their diving team... graduated in 1980. Clark accomplished a great deal in years dedicated to age group coaching - with several Age Group National Champions and many YMCA National Championship teams. Clark also coached an NCAA Division III National Champion from Manhattanville College. Despite his great success as a coach, he was present at all the local meets helping to support local teams throughout the northeast. Clark was unique for thinking out of the box. He ran an annual ski-dive meet where the team totals where based on a combination of diving and ski racing scores, and he ran the first meet with on-line registration. At last year's Junior Nationals in Orlando, a party was held in his honor to acknowledge the first year Clark did not have a diver at Nationals in 16 years! Clark was much more than a coach - He was a good friend to all of us on the east coast and in the diving community nationwide. Clark leaves his wife, Maria Coomaraswamy, coach at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Service on Tuesday (7 p.m.) will be at St. Anthony's R.C. Church 331 Seward Place Schenectady, NY 12305 (tel: 518-374-4591). Maria and Clark set up a fund for "Disadvantaged Younger Divers" and have asked for contributions to that instead of flowers. Disadvantaged Younger Divers c/o Triple Lindy Diving 2475 Brookshire Drive, Niskayuna, NY 12309

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