NCAA Division I Drexel College in Philadelphia has introduced the hiring of Nathan Lavery as the brand new head coach of its males’s and ladies’s swimming & diving program. He turns into the 11th coach to steer the lads’s program and seventh for the ladies.
He replaces Adam Braun, who spent the final 6 seasons as head coach. Previous to that, Braun was an assistant for two seasons. Braun has left teaching and is now working as a guide on the Beacon Hill Staffing Group in Philadelphia.
Lavery comes from TCU, the place he spent 2 seasons as an assistant coach at TCU. There, he led the dash group for the Horned Frogs.
Previous to that, he spent 1 season as an assistant at Georgia Tech, the place he coached the middle-distance group, 1 12 months in an administrative function at SCAD in Georgia, and 5 years as an assistant coach at Villanova College.
In that sense, it is a little bit of a homecoming for Lavery: Drexel is situated solely about 10 miles away from Villanova.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Nathan Lavery to the Dragon household as our new head swimming and diving coach,” Drexel Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance Bridget Snyder mentioned. “Nathan brings a robust mixture of expertise and keenness for collegiate athletics. His dynamic teaching type focuses on difficult every of our athletes uniquely, whereas encouraging the excessive stage of lecturers to which Drexel is accustomed. We’re excited to have Nathan on board and we’re wanting ahead to the expansion of the lads’s and ladies’s swimming & diving applications underneath Nathan’s tenure.”
A local of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Lavery swam collegiately at Texas A&M, primarily as a breaststroker. He earned All-America honors on the Aggies’ 200 and 400 medley relays as a sophomore.
Final season on the CAA convention championship meet, the Drexel males completed Third out of 5 groups. That Third-place end broke a 4-year streak of runner-up placings behind William & Mary, which has introduced that it’s going to minimize its swimming & diving applications after the 2020-2021 season.
The Drexel girls positioned 4th out of seven groups finally 12 months’s CAA Championships.
The Drexel males have despatched a diver to the NCAA Championship meet 6 occasions, together with most not too long ago Anthony Perry annually from 2002 by way of 2004. They’ve by no means despatched a swimmer.
For the Drexel girls, the newest NCAA Championship look got here in 2018, when Alexa Kutch certified to swim the 100 and 200 again individually. That marked the third 12 months of a consecutive streak of swimming qualifiers for the Dragons, after Rachel Bernhardt swam the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at NCAAs in each 2016 and 2017.
The ladies’s crew has scored on the NCAA Championships three occasions: 2008, 2009, and 2017. The lads’s crew has scored twice, in 2002 and 2003.
Upon studying of their coach’s departure, the TCU Swimming & Diving crew launched this emotional tribute to Lavery:
Cheers. 💜 pic.twitter.com/GtBD35Y6Jl
— TCU Swim & Dive (@TCUswimdive) September 10, 2020