Swim coaches have made an impact on men's and women's programs for over three decades
By: Mark Chiarelli, Daily Collegian
The UMass women were recognized for their team 3.15 GPA.
The men will be in pursuit of the programs 15th title, while the women look to get back on the podium.
By: Kaitlin Boyer, Daily Collegian
Head coach Bob Newcomb previews the 2014-15 campaign for UMass women's swimming and diving.
Bob Newcomb's ride in the Pan Mass Challenge during the 2012 Summer is featured on the UMass Sports Insider
As Bob Newcomb enters his 32nd season as head coach of the University of Massachusetts women's swimming and diving team in 2015-16, he brings with him more than three decades of success.
During his previous 31 seasons, he has compiled a 167-121-1 overall record and in 2001, led the Minutewomen to their first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference championship. Additionally, the squad has finished second at the A-10 meet twice in the last three seasons for the first time in school history.
Newcomb's other highlights during his career include producing 40 Atlantic 10 champions, 37 New England champions, eight New England Championship record holders, four NCAA Championship qualifiers, and one UMass Hall of Fame inductee.
During his tenure at UMass, he has coached successful athletes such as Michelle Leary (1990 New England High Point Swimmer, 2007 UMass Hall of Fame), Allison White (1993-94 Atlantic 10 Diver of the Year), Becky Hunnewell (2000-01 Most Outstanding Performer at the Atlantic 10 Championships) and Michaela Butler (2012-14 Atlantic 10 Diver of the Year and 3-time All-America in 2013-14).
Butler finished her collegiate career as a 3-time All-American and became the first diver in the Atlantic 10 Conference history to score at the NCAA Championships. Her points on both boards pushed UMass to 30th place in 2013 and 27th place in 2014 - the highest team finish in league history.
His coaching efforts have been recognized twice, as he received the New England Women's Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and 1989. Newcomb also served two terms as the NEWISDA Vice President.
In addition to his women's swimming and diving responsibilities, Newcomb also served as head coach of the women's water polo team at UMass for three years. In his three years as head women's water polo coach, he compiled a 54-25 (.684) record.
Before coming to UMass, Newcomb served as an assistant swim coach at the Alamo Area Aquatic Association in San Antonio, Texas. He has also been the head swimming and water polo coach at San Antonio's John Jay High School, the assistant swimming, diving and water polo coach at Washington and Lee (Va.) University and an assistant swimming coach at Springfield College.
A 1980 graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., with a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences, Newcomb was a four-year member of both the swimming and water polo teams. While an undergraduate, he was a 1978 Division III All-America selection in swimming (freestyle) and earned a spot on the All-Southern Conference water polo team in 1980.
Newcomb and his wife, Judi, reside in Amherst. They have two daughters, Madeline (25) and Olivia (21).
Bob Newcomb Career Highlights
2001 Atlantic 10 Champions
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