Cathy Swezey
Head Coach

Fifth Season
Trenton State 1993

Megan Ann Riley Assistant Coach
Susan Pley Assistant Coach
Lori Alexander Strength and Conditioning Coach

Everyone has to start somewhere. Cathy Swezey saw to it that the Vanderbilt Commodores started on top in their first season in the American Lacrosse Conference.

In her fifth season as Vanderbilt's head coach Swezey led the Commodores to the inaugural American Lacrosse Conference championship, a title which will secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by the 2004 season.

The ALC preseason poll forecast the Commodores to finish third. They exceeded those expectations in no time. They clinched the conference title with three weeks remaining in the season and finished unbeaten at 6-0. Overall they went 10-6.

It was a theme that continued throughout the campaign as Swezey consistently guided the team to victories over higher-ranked opponents. The first two over Johns Hopkins and Penn State, moved Vanderbilt from No. 19 to No. 11 in the Brine/Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I poll. She helped lead the Commodores to their highest ever ranking - No. 8 - in the poll. VU ended the season at No. 10 and earned a No. 9 seed in the 16-team NCAA Tournament. For her efforts, Swezey earned Coach of the Year honors from the American Lacrosse Conference and InsideLacrosse.com.

The 2001 season was an uphill battle, due in large part to the loss of seven starting senior leaders and the dependence of 10 freshmen players against a tough schedule. Although results were not achieved in terms of wins and losses, Swezey's fourth season was an opportunity to instill a sense of character and mental toughness into the players which guided the team to future greatness.

In her third season, Swezey took her 2000 team a few steps closer to her goal. The Commodores defeated a Top 10 team, Boston University, for the first time in the history of the program and ended the year ranked 13th in the nation-one spot from reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Swezey was nominated for "Coach of the Year" by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, as she led Vanderbilt to a 10-6 record against one of the toughest schedules in the country.

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

Swezey's coaching career began at her alma mater, Trenton State College. She was a graduate assistant coach for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams from 1994-1996. During that time, the lacrosse team earned two NCAA championship titles, and the field hockey team earned the title in 1995. While coaching, Swezey was able to earn her master's degree in health education.

The three-time All-American had a rare two-sport career at Trenton State, earning stardom in both field hockey and lacrosse.

Swezey, a centerback for the field hockey team from 1989-92, led the team to two national championships (1990, 1991). In her junior year, she was named All-American and All-Conference. Following her senior season she was selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference College Player of the Year, named to the NJAC All-Conference team for the second time and the NCAA Four All-Tournament team. She earned regional and national All-America honors.

Success followed Swezey onto the lacrosse field as well. She started for Trenton State's national championship teams in 1991, 1992 and 1994 and for the 1990 national runner-up squad. Swezey missed her 1993 season with a knee injury, but returned to the field the following year.

Not only was she an All-American in 1992, she received the honor again in 1994. Swezey also captured Regional All-American honors in 1992 and 1994, named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team in 1992 and 1994 and the Attack Player of the Year award from the South Jersey Lacrosse Club her senior season.

Swezey became a member of the United States lacrosse squad upon graduation in 1994-95.

Swezey Quick Facts

High School Moorestown (N.J.) High School
College Trenton State, 1993
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Master's in Teaching degree from College of New Jersey, 1996
Playing Experience Played Attack/Center: Moorestown H.S., Trenton State (Captain of 1994 > squad), U.S. National Team (1994-95).
Playing Honors: All-American (1992, 1994), All-Region (1992, 1994), Attack Player of the Year (1994), NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team (1992, 1994), NCAA Division III National Champions (1991, 1992, 1994), NCAA Division III Runner-Up (1990), North/South Collegiate All-Star Game (1994).

Coaching Experience
Member of the United States Women's Lacrosse Association, Graduate Assistant, Trenton State College (1994-96), Assistant Coach, James Madison University (1996-97), Vanderbilt University (1997-present).

Coaching Honors
* American Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year (2002)
* InsideLacrosse.com National Coach of the Year (2002)
* Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Nominee (2000)


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