Director of Swimming and Diving Matt Crispino
- Director of Swimming and Diving Matt Crispino enters his fourth season at the helm of the Tribe program. Crispino became the sixth director in the history of the College since the menís and womenís teams combined in the 1989-90 season, and is the first W&M alumnus to head either swim team since Keith Havens í76 from 1981 to 1984.
In 2009-10, the William and Mary Tribe menís and womenís swimming and diving team once again posted a pair of solid seasons. During the regular season, the Tribeís highlight came at the Terrapin Cup, where the College placed third at the highly-competitive meet, trailing only host Maryland and fellow-ACC power Connecticut. At the meet, W&M set over 50 lifetime bests, two freshman records, one school record, three NCAA qualifying times, and 38 new top-10 times.
At the CAA Championship, the womenís team was once again led by Katie Radloff, who ended her spectacular career for the College by capturing CAA titles in the 100 and 200 free. For her career, Radloff won 21 CAA Championships and was a two-time CAA Swimmer of the Year. Just like she had the previous three seasons, Radloff participated at the NCAA Championships, placing 27th in the 100 free, 28th in the 50 free, and 54th in the 200 free. Also at the CAA Championships, the 200 medley relay team of Gabrielle Mizerak, Emily Bart, Elizabeth Hall, and Radloff set the William and Mary record, touching the wall in a time of 1:43.53.
For the menís team, the story of the 2009-10 CAA Championships was the breaking of school records. As a team, the menís team set W&M all-time records in the 100 back, the 200 free, the 200 fly, the 200 free relay, and the 800 free relay. Stephen Fay led the Tribe at the conference championships, setting the 200 free record while also being apart of the record-setting 200 free and 800 free relay teams. Four freshman records were also set at the CAA Championships, led by K.J. Shaw who set the rookie mark in both the 100 and 200 fly.
In the 2008-09 season, the womenís swimming and div¨ing team had one of its finest years in the Collegeís history. The team posted a 10-2 dual meet record during the regular season, including a 7-1 ledger vs. CAA competition. At the championship meet, the Tribe won seven conference titles, including a trio of relays. In total, W&M broke school records on 14 occasions, CAA conference records on seven occasions, and W&M freshmen records six times. Leading the way was Katie Radloff, who not only won the 50, 100, and 200 free in CAA for the third straight year, but also collected seven medals in total, the most of any athlete at the event, and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. In the relays, the Tribe won gold in the 200, 400, and 800 free relays, while earning a silver medal in the 400 medley relay. Rookie Hailey Hewitt also became the first woman in the schoolís history to win the 200 back at the CAAs.
For the menís swimming and diving team, the 2008-09 season was a great step forward for the program. Much like the womenís team, however, the menís team saved its best swimming of the season for the CAA Championships. After finishing seventh in 2008, the College placed fourth in 2009, the biggest improvement of any team. The Tribe scored 466 points at the championship meet, the most the College had scored since the 2000-01 season, despite the fact that the team competed with¨out divers. Overall at the meet, the Tribe broke W&M records 15 times and freshmen records six times. The College really excelled in the relays, breaking all five William and Mary records, including a pair that were more than 10 years old.
In 2007-08 season, the womenís team finished the year ranked sixth by ColleeSwimming.com in the mid-major poll due in large part to the teamís runner-up finish at the CAA Championships. Radloff was named Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year after sweeping the sprint events. She was also named CAA Swimmer of the Year, was named to the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All- American team and competed at both the NCAA Championships and the Olympic Trials. During Crispinoís first season on campus in 2007-08, the menís swimming and diving team performed well and saw a number of school records fall.
Crispino returned to his alma mater in 2007 after five years in the assistant coaching ranks. His most recent stop was at Colgate University for the 2006-07 season, where he served as the assistant coach for both menís and womenís teams. Directly responsible for the sprint corps, Crispino saw his athletes race to 49 lifetime-best performances, including four school-records and one freshman record.
Prior to Colgate, he spent three years on the deck at West Point as the assistant coach for both men and women, helping the Corps of Cadets to a 23-12 record and a pair of second-place showings at the Patriot League Championships. In addition to his direct responsibilities for the sprint group, Crispino also helped develop the dry-land and in-pool training regimens for the middle-distance and distance swimmers, leading the team to break 12 Academy and 13 plebe (freshman) records and producing four U.S. National qualifiers and two NCAA ďBĒ cuts. His 27 sprinters alone achieved 109 lifetime-bests.
Crispino got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Florida State University, where he worked with several athletes who counted NCAA, U.S. National, and Olympic Trials bids among their accomplishments. He helped guide the Seminole men to a runner-up finish at the 2003 ACC Championships, while the women came in third. The teams combined to send seven athletes to the NCAA Championships during his tenure.
The captain and Most Valuable Swimmer of the 2001-02 Tribe menís swimming team, Crispino helped set the school record in the 800 free relay as a freshman at the CAA Championships, with a time of 6:47.85. In his rookie season, the team placed a program-best second at the conference meet after going 15-1 (6-0 CAA) during the regular season. Crispino still ranks among the all-time top-10 in the 200 and 500 free, and is sixth all-time at the College in the 200 IM.
Crispino received his bachelorís of arts in government from the College in 2002, and his masterís in physical education from Florida State in 2003. In July 2008, he married Liz Koch, former Tribe swimmer and CAA Champion in the 100 and 200 fly. The couple resides in Williamsburg.