Women's Swimming


  Bob Newcomb
Bob  Newcomb

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Washington & Lee, '80


Women’s Swimming and Diving Announces Team Awards

Minutewomen honor 2015-16 award winners, name captains for next season, at team banquet.


Women's Swimming and Diving Opens Season at Colgate Fall Classic

Minutewomen kick off new campaign at two-day invitational-style meet.


Women’s Swimming & Diving Picked Second In A-10 Preseason Poll

Veteran Minutewomen picked to be among top programs in Atlantic 10 this season.


UMass Garners CSCAA Academic Recognition For Strong Spring Performance

A total of 24 Minutewomen posted a spring GPA of 3.0 or higher


VIDEO: Newcomb & Yarworth Featured On UMass Sports Insider

Swim coaches have made an impact on men's and women's programs for over three decades


Women's Swimming Preview (10/8)

Bob Newcomb previews the Colgate Invitational.


Women's Swimming Season Preview

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 Is Featured

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 174-127-1 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, compiling 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's Year-By-Year Head Coaching Record
Year W L New England Champ. Finish
1984-85 3 9 Sixth
1985-86 7 5 Third
1986-87 8 4 Third
1987-88 8 3 Fourth; N.E. Coach of the Year
1988-89 8 4 Third; N.E. Coach of the Year
1989-90 8 4 Sixth
1990-91 8 3 Third
1991-92 6 8 Fourth
1992-93 7 4 Fourth
1993-94 4 6 Third
Atlantic 10 competition begins
1994-95 7 4 (1 tie) Fifth
1995-96 6 2 Third
1996-97 10 3 Fourth
1997-98 8 3 Fourth
1998-99 9 2 Fourth
1999-00 7 4 Third
2000-01 10 3 Atlantic 10 Champions
2001-02 6 5 Fourth
2002-03 2 7 Fifth
2003-04 4 3 Fifth
2004-05 3 4 Fourth
2005-06 4 3 Third
2006-07 2 5 Second
2007-08 4 4 Fourth
2008-09 4 4 Fourth
2009-10 4 4 Third
2010-11 3 4 Third
2011-12 3 4 Fourth
2012-13 4 3 Second
2013-14 4 3 Third
2014-15 3 3 Second
Totals 174 127 1 Atlantic 10 Championship
3 Atlantic 10 Runner-Up Finishes

Bob Newcomb Career Highlights

• 2001 Atlantic 10 Champions
• Coached NCAA Qualifiers in 2002, 2013 & 2014
• Coached a Two-Time Atlantic 10 Swimmer of the Year
• 167-121-1 Record at UMass
• Team GPA over 3.0 in 23 of last 26 semesters
• Two-Time New England Coach of the Year
• Assisted a 2000 Olympic Diver
• Coached CSCAA Academic All-American Becky Hunnewel
• Coached 3-time All-American Michaela Butler


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