Adelphi University Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation Danny McCabe tabbed Robert Smith to lead the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in September 2015, and he enters his second season in 2016-17.
Smith has experience as both a swim coach and a strength coach at Islanders Aquatics in Sayville, N.Y. and Professional Athletic Performance Center here in Garden City. At Islanders Aquatics, he served as the assistant coach of the national group, with his main duties focusing on technique building, sprint workouts and race strategy while also overseeing dry-land, speed, strength and agility workouts.
Smith started his collegiate swimming career at the University of the Pacific, under Head Coach Greg Meehan. After a successful freshman year, Smith took his talents to the University of Pittsburgh. A 6 time Big-East finalist and captian of the team, Smith graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology.
A native of Lindenhurst, N.Y., Smith was an All-County, All-State and All-American swimmer at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School and was a New York State Champion in the 200 IM in 2007.
Former Captain, Coach Kelly Whelan enters her first season as an assistant coach with the Adelphi swimming and diving program after a four-year swimming career at Adelphi University.
Whelan's name currently sits in the Adelphi record books as a member of four relay teams: the 200 medley, and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay events. She accumulated various awards over her four-year career including NE-10 Academic All Conference Excellence Award (2017), NE-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award (2016), ECAC Swimmer of the Week Award (2016), NE-10 Swimmer of the Week Award (2016), and Met Life Player of the Week Award (2016).
Coach Whelan graduated in May of 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Audiology.
A 2014 graduate of Marist College with a degree in media studies and production along with a minor in business, he was a four-year student-athlete on o the swim team. A team captain his senior year, and a two-time MAAC champion, his successes came from competing in the 200 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay.
A native of Franklin Square, N.Y., he attended H. Frank Carey High School where he was named All-County, All-Long Island, All-State and All-American. He was the Nassau County men's 100 backstroke record holder for seven years and swam for the Long Island Aquatic Club for 12 years where he was a part of two national champion relays as a senior.