Women's Water Polo

Rob Swingle  
Rob Swingle

Last College:
Purdue University '98

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
3rd Year


Basics on the Head Coach:

Rob begins his third school year as head women's water polo coach at Siena in 2006/2007.

During his first season with Siena, Rob was named Co-Coach of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for improving the Saints water polo program in all phases. He amassed the most wins in Siena water polo history and started his Siena career with a team record of 9 - 16 overall.

The team finished one spot higher in conference play than the year before in its second season, had four of the team's five leading scorers as underclassman, completed a successful trip to California for the first time in program history and played the most ranked teams (3) and the most number of games (31) in school history amassing a 7 - 23 - 1 record.

Prior to the his arrival in Albany, Rob was the assistant coach at Villanova University where he helped lead the Lady Wildcats to their best finish in six years at the Eastern Championships in 2004.

Rob's head coaching experience began at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where from 1998 through the 2003 season, he was the head coach for the Emory Women's Water Polo Program. Rob earned three `Collegiate Water Polo Association Southeastern Women's Coach of the Year' awards while at Emory and was named `Emory Coach of the Year' in 2001.

Overall, Rob has seven full years of collegiate women's coaching experience and has coached in over 165 collegiate contests.

As an athlete, Rob was named to the All-Big Team teams twice for water polo as the starting goalie for Purdue University. He also won an individual state swimming title in the 100 backstroke in high school while swimming in the state of Delaware.

In addition to his duties as head women's water polo coach, Rob also manages the Siena Swim Center as the school's Aquatics Coordinator. He covers everything from pool use to pool revenue. The combination of his Aquatics Coordinator role and his passion for water polo make for a nice mix for the Siena Water Polo Program.

Coaching Philosophy:

Coaching at Siena for Rob includes the principles of leadership, teaching, tough verses tender love, taking pride in being a Saint, and teaching athletes to have the discipline to do the right things at the right times. A good year for Rob is helping a team reach or exceed its potential.

Team Priorities:

Rob believes in dual number one priorities between academic success and athletic success. He truly wants each member of one of his teams to be both an all-conference athlete as well as an all-conference student.

Personally: Rob currently lives with his wife Liani in a suburb of Albany named East Greenbush.

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