Eileen Hall, a long-time coach whose charges lay claim to most of the Saint Michael's school records, returns for her seventh season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2016-17.
During the 2015-16 season, Purple Knights combined to set 11 more school records. The women's squad went 6-3 in dual competitions, claiming at least six victories in back-to-back winters for the first time since 2001-02 and 2002-03. Both teams continued their annual success at the year-end New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship, as the women were fourth out of 21 schools, while the men took fifth among 12. The women posted their fourth consecutive fourth-place finish at the meet, continuing an unprecedented run of success. The men notched 339.5 points - their most at the championship in 15 years - en route to their second straight fifth-place performance despite entering no divers.
Hall's student-athletes continued to make history during 2014-15, combining to break 18 school records in addition to finding team success. The women, who set seven standards, finished 6-3 in dual competitions, posting their highest win total since 2008-09 while matching their best figure since 1996-97. A seventh-place showing out of nine schools at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship equaled their top performance there in six seasons. The women were fourth at the NEISDA Championship for an unprecedented third consecutive season, while the men nabbed fifth, falling just 1.5 points short of their first fourth-place showing since 2000-01. A female diver qualified for NEISDAs for the first time since 2009-10, while the men, who broke 11 records during the winter, sent divers to the regional meet for the first time since 2010-11. One swimmer provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship during the season.
In the winter of 2013-14, Purple Knight women claimed fourth out of 20 schools at the season-ending NEISDA Championship, just 20 points short of third place, while finishing among the top five at the NEISDA meet during consecutive seasons for the first time since 2003-04 and 2004-05. The men were seventh out of 12 but were just 13 points shy of sixth place. During the season, 10 combined school records were broken by Saint Michael's men and women, while one swimmer provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship.
The Purple Knight teams both had historic finishes at the NEISDA Championship in 2012-13 despite sending no divers to the meet. The women took fourth among 21 teams, their best showing since 2008-09, and just their third top-four showing since 2001-02. The men grabbed fifth place out of 11, matching their best showing since taking fourth in 2000-01. In dual meets, the women finished 5-4, one win short of matching the program's highest total since 1995-96. Purple Knights combined to set seven school marks during the 2012-13 season.
In 2011-12, the women also went 5-4, while both squads took sixth at the NEISDA meet. The female student-athletes combined to set 12 school records, with one swimmer provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship in three events. Hall's men broke six program standards. In her first season as head coach, in 2010-11, Hall helped guide the Saint Michael's women to four dual-meet victories, and both the men's and women's programs to top-eight finishes at the NEISDA Championship. Hall was an assistant coach with the programs in 2009-10.
Hall, who resides in Colchester, graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2013 and has a wealth of swimming & diving coaching experience at a variety of levels. In summer 2016, she was the only woman invited to staff the Northeast Swimming Prospect Showcases in Bristol, R.I. Since 2005, she has served as the head coach of the Green Mountain Aquatics (GMA) senior group, training athletes ages 13 to 18 years old at the Ross Sports Center pool as they prepare for regional and Junior National competition. While with GMA, Hall has been the principal on-deck coach at the New England Open Championships, the New England 14-and-Under Championships, and the New England regionals. Hall also spent 14 months in 2005 and 2006 as the head coach of the Winooski Swim Club, training athletes ages 6 to 18 years old.
Prior to moving to Vermont, Hall served three years as the swimming head coach at Two Harbors (Minn.) High School, coaching approximately 30 high school athletes annually. Two Harbors finished in the top three in its conference every year during Hall’s tenure, and she helped advance two athletes to the Minnesota State High School Championships. Hall also spent three years as the head coach of the Kingston (Tenn.) Clippers Swim Club in the mid-1990s.
A standout amateur swimmer, Hall was an All-America at Glens Falls (N.Y.) High School in 1986, and went on to earn an athletic scholarship at Division I Bucknell University. Hall held high school state records at Glens Falls until 2002, and was inducted into the Glens Falls High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Hall has earned her Level II certification through the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), and is also qualified as a coach with the United States Swimming Association. She has attended ASCA clinics in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey since 2007.
|2010-11||1-7||7th||7th||4-4||7th||8th||2 School Records|
|2011-12||2-8||6th||6th||6 School Records||5-4||7th||6th||12 School Records
1 NCAA Championship "B" Qualifier
|2012-13||1-8||7th||5th||3 School Records||5-4||8th||4th||4 School Records|
|2013-14||2-6||7th||7th||1 School Record||4-4||7th||4th||9 School Records
1 NCAA Championship "B" Qualifier
|2014-15||1-7||6th||5th||11 School Records
1 NCAA Championship "B" Qualifier
|6-3||7th||4th||7 School Records|
|2015-16||1-7||7th||5th||5 School Records||6-3||7th||4th||6 School Records|
|Alma Mater:||Vermont '13|
Susannah Gruner enters her first season as diving coach for the Saint Michael's men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2016-17.
A 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in public communications/community entrepreneurship, Gruner was a four-year diver for the Catamounts, serving as a senior captain in 2012-13. She was honored due to academics by the America East Conference following each of her final three seasons and was UVM's Most Improved Diver after her rookie year.
Among the vast amount of leadership experience she has accrued, Gruner was the pool supervisor/lifeguard at Wiltwyck Country Club in her native Kingston, N.Y., for five years. A teacher's assistant during her undergraduate years, Gruner also worked for minor league baseball's Vermont Lake Monsters for three years, two in community and fan development and one as the assistant director for marketing and promotions, in 2014. At her alma mater, she was the marketing and game day promotions coordinator during the 2013-14 school year. Gruner works locally as a real estate agent.
|Alma Mater:||Saint Michael's '12|
Laura Matuszak M'08 returns to Saint Michael’s for her 15th season as an assistant coach with the men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2016-17.
In Matuszak's tenure at the College, the Purple Knight women are 66-54 in dual meets while the men have won 28 dual meets. Both have set school records in 25 of a possible 27 events, including all 23 swimming races.
A long-time local club coach, Matuszak has coached since 1996 for Green Mountain Aquatics, an age-group organization for youths. She has also been active for both USA Swimming and New England Swimming, working numerous camps for the national organization, including the 2009 National Select Camp. Within the region, she has held many leadership positions, including in her current role as the general chair.
The American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) New England age group coach of the year in 2006, Matuszak is an ASCA certified level 3 coach and a CrossFit level 1 certified trainer.
In 2006, Matuszak founded Green Mountain Sports Performance, LLC, which runs the Green Mountain Aquatics swim team, swim school and sports psychology consulting. A 1998 graduate of the University of Michigan, Matuszak earned her master's degree from Saint Michael's in 2008.