Swezey Named InsideLacrosse.com National Coach of the
released their inaugural postseason honor roll last week,
and Vanderbilt head coach Cathy Swezey was named Coach of
the Year. Last month, the American Lacrosse Conference named
Swezey their Coach of the Year after the Commodores won the
In her fifth year at Vanderbilt, Swezey led the Commodores
to an undefeated league season and an their first 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.