June 30th, 2011
The Seattle University athletics department has named Craig Nisgor, an assistant coach at Brown University for the past four years, as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming teams, effective July 1, 2011.
Nisgor joined Brown’s coaching staff in July 2007 as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, involved with all aspects of the Bears program including on-deck coaching, administrative duties, pool management, and season planning. Nisgor helped coach Brown’s first Academic All-American in program history as well as three qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials as the Bears set 28 school records and established 25 percent of the all-time top 10 times over the past four years.
Nisgor came to Brown from the University of Alabama, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons. While at Alabama, he experienced a great deal of success as he helped coach a two-time NCAA 200 breaststroke champion, the 2006 200 breaststroke world champion, and 22 All-Americans.
From 2000-2003, Nisgor was the top assistant coach at Davidson College, helping the Wildcats establish 19 new school records and post 40 percent of the program’s all-time top-10 performances. Nisgor has also spent time as an assistant coach at American University (2000), the University of Virginia (1999), Ball State (1996-98), and the University of Buffalo (1995-96).
“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen as the head coach for the Seattle University men's and women's swimming program. I would like to thank Athletic Director Bill Hogan, Associate Athletic Director Eric Guerra, and all of the members of the search committee for this great opportunity. Seattle University has a rich tradition of swimming history and I look forward to continuing to lead the team to success at the Division I level in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the Western Athletic Conference. Above all, I am looking forward to helping my student-athletes reach the highest level of excellence both academically and athletically," said Nisgor.
Nisgor earned a bachelor's degree in exercise studies with a concentration in athletic training from the University of Buffalo in 1996. He went on to earn a master's degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 1998. Nisgor replaces Kat Cuevas, who left Seattle University in June to live with her family overseas.
The Seattle U men’s and women’s swim teams will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) during the 2011-12 academic year. Seattle University, along with the Seattle Sports Commission, will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 22-24 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.