Vozella Named To Men's Swim Staff
Aug. 30, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass men's swimming & diving head coach Russ Yarworth has announced the hiring of A.J. Vozella as Department Assistant/Assistant Coach. A four-time All-Conference performer and three-time Atlantic 10 team champion as a swimmer at UMass from 2004-08, Vozella joins the staff of a squad that has won five-straight A-10 titles.
"AJ had a great swimming career here at UMass and I'm thrilled to have him return to stand on the deck with me," Yarworth said. "He understands our tradition, training methods, and attitude as well as anyone. He will work primarily with the sprinters this year and will serve as recruiting coordinator as well."
Vozella most recently served as an assistant coach with the Weymouth Club Waves Swim Team in Weymouth, Mass. There he was responsible for the planning and instructing of the pool practices, weightlifting, curcuit training, and other dry land activities for junior and senior groups of the 120-member team that ranged in ages from 7-18.
During 2008-09, Vozella served as assistant coach at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. He worked with the both the men's and women's swim teams for the Division II Falcons.
"I am very excited to be back in Amherst and along side Russ coaching the men's team," Vozella said. "I had an amazing experience at UMass as a student-athlete and was a member of the A-10 Championship teams three out of my four years, and now I look forward to working with the team and keeping our championship tradition alive."
Vozella began his UMass swimming career with a bang as a freshman in 2004-05, winning the gold medal at the Atlantic 10 Championships in the 100 free with a time of 45.99, leading a Minutemen sweep of the event. He went on to add individual bronze medals in the 200 free in both 2005 (1:41.51) and 2006 (1:40.97), and took home nine relay medals in his career; one gold, four silver, and four bronze.
Vozella was a 100 free state champion at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. in addition to being named Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic. He was also named Catholic Conference Co-MVP and was a two-time All-Star.