Named American Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year
American Lacrosse Conference released their inaugural postseason
honor roll Tuesday, and Vanderbilt head coach Cathy Swezey
was named Coach of the Year. The announcement came two days
before the Commodores play their first-ever match in the NCAA
Division I Women's Lacrosse Championships.
In her fifth year at Vanderbilt, Swezey led the Commodores
to an undefeated league season and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Vanderbilt posted an overall record of 10-5, reaching all
the way to eighth in the Brine/Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse
Coaches Association Division I national poll, the highest
ranking in the history of the program. The Commodores finished
the season ranked tenth by the IWLCA and earned the ninth
seed in the sixteen team tournament.
Vanderbilt, picked to finish third in preseason ALC polls,
won the ALC regular season with three weeks to go in the year.
The Commodores opened their season with upsets of conference
foes Johns Hopkins and Penn State, propelling Vanderbilt from
19th in the nation to 11th. The Commodores spent the remainder
of the season in the ranked in the nation top-12.
Swezey, a 1993 graduate of Trenton State, came to Vanderbilt
in 1997 after assisting at James Madison. Prior to that post,
she worked as a graduate assistant at her alma mater and earned
a Master's degree from the College of New Jersey. As a player,
Swezey was twice named an All-American and once earned Attack
Player of the Year honors. After graduation, she was a member
of the U. S. National team from 1994-95.
The ALC's other individual awards went to Ohio State players
Megan Mirick and Regina Oliver. Mirick was named Player of
the Year while Oliver earned Rookie of the Year honors. The
pair led Ohio State to its first-ever berth in the NCAA Championships.
for the ALC's release, in pdf format.