25 Th11 2021 | 06:54 | Swimming & Diving
PHILADELPHIA – Drexel University has announced the hiring of Nathan Lavery as the head swimming and diving coach. Lavery becomes the 11th coach to lead men’s swimming and diving program and the seventh for the women.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nathan Lavery to the Dragon family as our new head swimming and diving coach,” Drexel Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance Bridget Snyder said. “Nathan brings a strong combination of experience and passion for collegiate athletics. His dynamic coaching style focuses on challenging each of our athletes uniquely, while encouraging the high level of academics to which Drexel is accustomed. We are excited to have Nathan on board and we are looking forward to the growth of the men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs under Nathan’s tenure.”
Lavery recently completed his second season as an assistant coach at TCU under head coach James Winchester. He was the lead coach for the sprint and stroke events for the Horned Frogs. The men’s and women’s teams turned in third-place finishes at the Big 12 Championships in the 2019-20 season.
“I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead Drexel University Swimming and Diving,” Lavery said. “My wife Amy and I are thrilled to be a part of this great institution and what it stands for. We have great appreciation for Dr. Eric Zillmer‘s vision for Drexel University’s place in the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. This is a university that already provides a life-changing student-athlete experience, and our team will strive to continue that excellence both in and out of the pool.”
Before TCU, Lavery was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Lavery coached the mid-distance group and helped send two swimmers to the NCAA Championships. Prior to his stint at Georgia Tech, Lavery spent five seasons at Villanova as an assistant coach. He was the direct coach for the hybrid sprint and stroke groups. During his tenure, the Wildcat swim coaches won the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year award and won four consecutive women’s Big East conference titles.
Lavery’s coaching career began while he was an undergraduate at his alma mater, Texas A&M. Lavery coached the West Houston Aquatics Team in Houston, Texas. He was the administrative lead for the swim club and the head coach for ages seven through 15.
As a student-athlete, Lavery competed for Texas A&M from 2008-11. In his sophomore campaign, Lavery earned All-America honors with his performances in the 200 and 400 medley relays and helped set school records in those events at the NCAA Championships. In his third year, Lavery made two NCAA Championships “B” cuts after scoring 41 points at the Big 12 Championships. In the 2011 Big 12 Championships, Lavery placed second in the 400 medley relay and finished with third-place in the 200 medley relay and the 100 breast.
An American Swim Coaches Association Level 3 coach, Lavery is a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
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