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Swezey Named Head Lacrosse Coach

July 29, 1997

Cathy Swezey, an assistant coach at James Madison University, has been named women's lacrosse coach at Vanderbilt.

Swezey, 26, is regarded as one of the sport's top young coaches. She inherits a Commodore team that recorded winning seasons in its two years of varsity existence.

"I am excited to be coaching at Vanderbilt," Swezey said. "There is outstanding support from the administration and a talented nucleus of student-athletes in place."

Swezey has been at James Madison for one year. Prior to that she coached field hockey and lacrosse for two seasons at Trenton State College, her alma mater.

"Cathy is one of the nation's brightest and most promising young coaches," Director of Athletics Todd Turner says. "She had tremendous success as a player, has worked in some excellent programs and knows what it takes to win championships."

Swezey was a highly decorated collegiate player in both lacrosse and field hockey. She was a member of the United States lacrosse squad in 1994-95 and a starter for Trenton State's national championship teams in 1991, 1992 and 1994. She served as captain during the 1994 season.

Swezey earned All-America honors in 1992 and 1994 and was twice a regional All-America pick. She was twice named to the Final Four all-tournament team

In addition, she was a member of Trenton State's field hockey national champions in 1992 and 1994 and was the Division III College Player of the Year in 1992.

Swezey, pronounced SWEE-zee, succeeds Wendy Stevens, who resigned in the spring for family considerations.

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