Brian Swingly is in his sixth year as head coach of the Coast Guard Academy Intercollegiate Sailing Team after serving three as the assistant coach. While at the Academy, Swingly has helped lead the Bears to three Women’s National Championship, one Coed National Championship, two Sloop National Championship, one Men’s Singlehanded Championship, and four Women’s Singlehanded Championship appearances. Under his watch, Coast Guard has developed five members of the All-NEISA Women’s Team, four members of the ICSA All-Academic Team, and two members of the ICSA All-American Honorable Mention Team.
In the past several season, both the coed and women’s team have climbed the national rankings, with the women’s team holding onto the top ranking in the country for a month during the fall of 2014. Swingly was named New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Coach of the Year in 2012, an award voted on by his peers. "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".
In the collegiate offseason, Swingly works with many of the top
and upcoming youth athletes on both the Laser and Club 420
circuits. He has helped produce many top-10 finishes at
international events, including wins a the 2010 Laser North
American Championship (Laser Radial), 2012 Orange Bowl
International Youth Regatta (Laser), and 2013 US Sailing Youth
Championship (Laser). Swingly also served as the Head Coach
of the 420 Race Team at Hyannis Yacht Club from 2005-2006. In 2006,
Swingly helped the HYC team win the Team Championship for the
Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association.
Swingly graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2005 with a degree in Psychology. As a member of the sailing team, he was named captain for his sophomore through senior years and received the UNH Sailing Team’s MVP award in 2004 and 2005.
Brian remains very active in the racing community and is a member of the Thistle Class Association. He is a US Sailing certified level 2 coach and a level 1 instructor trainer. Swingly currently lives in Pawcatuck, CT.