Eileen Hall, a long-time coach whose charges lay claim to most of the Saint Michael's school records, returns for her sixth season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2015-16.
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 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (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. 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|
Jacob Magnan enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Saint Michael's men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2015-16.
Magnan joins the Purple Knight coaching staff after having spent the last year as an assistant coach with nearby Green Mountain Aquatics, an age-group organization for youths. He also completed a dietetic internship in Vermont through the University of Delaware in that time. Prior to his arrival in the state, Magnan worked for six years as a swimming instructor with multiple clubs in his native Pennsylvania.
A USA Swimming Level 1 certified coach, Magnan earned two bachelor's degrees from Delaware, completing a degree in exercise science in 2013 followed by a degree in dietetics in 2014. The Dean's List student-athlete was also a member of the school's Division I swimming & diving program and served as a school representative for the 2012 National Conference on Student Leadership.
Laura Matuszak M'08 returns to Saint Michael’s for her 14th season as an assistant coach with the men's and women's swimming & diving programs in 2015-16.
In Matuszak's tenure at the College, the Purple Knight women are 59-51 in dual meets and have set school records in 25 of a possible 27 events, while the men have won 27 dual meets and set school records in 24 events.
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.