CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) recently announced that Coast Guard Academy Head Intercollegiate Sailing Coach, Brian Swingly, was named NEISA Coach of the Year. The award is voted on annually by the coaches in the conference.
During the 2012-2013 season, Swingly lead the Bears to two National Championship Appearances. Christina Frost and Lauren Cefali both qualified for the Women's College Sailing Singlehanded National Championship in Long Beach, California, finishing 6th and 8th respectively. More recently, the women's team finished 8th at the Reed Trophy for the New England Women's Championship, earning a berth to the College Sailing Women's National Championship to be held on May 21-24 in St. Petersburg, FL.
Coach Swingly began his collegiate coaching career at the Coast Guard Academy as an assistant in August of 2006. He was promoted to Co-Head Coach in 2010 and has been Head Intercollegiate Coach since the spring of 2012. "Brian is extremely dedicated, organized, and a tireless coach who constantly is looking to broaden his coaching skills as the results of our team show" explained Director of Sailing Doug Clark. "That fact that his peers in New England, the toughest conference in the country with many excellent coaches voted for him to receive this prestigious honor are a testament to the respect and commitment he has not only within our conference but in the entire intercollegiate coaching community".