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Alison Swain '01 Wilson/ITA Women’s Tennis National Division III Coach of the Year

Alison Swain '01 Wilson/ITA Women’s Tennis National Division III Coach of the Year
Alison Swain '01 received the 2013 ITA/Wilson Coach of the Year Award from former pro Kathy Rinaldi/courtesy of ITA

NAPLES, FL – Williams College women's tennis coach Alison Swain was presented with the ITA/Willson NCAA Division III Coach of the Year Award at the 2013 ITA Convention at the Waldorf Astoria.

Alison Swain's 2012-13 Williams women's tennis team compiled a record of 23-4, with the four losses representing the most in any of her six years at the Ephs' helm.

Maybe her coaching peers in NCAA Division III were impressed that Swain and the Ephs bounced back from a spring break trip that saw them lose twice in five days to go on and become NCAA Champions again.

Under Swain the Ephs have simply been a powerhouse, winning a record six consecutive NCAA Division III Women's Team Championships and tying Stanford for the overall NCAA record for most consecutive titles won in NCAA women's tennis. 

Swain's NCAA Tournament record is 30-0 and she is the only coach in NCAA women's tennis history to win her first 30 matches in NCAA Tournament play.

Coaching at Williams is Swain's first intercollegiate coaching opportunity and it came about when she succeeded her coach at Williams, Julie Greenwood '96, in the fall of 2007. Swain, as a senior captain and key doubles player, for the 2001 Ephs played on the first Williams women's tennis team to win the NCAA Tournament. She has been an integral part of seven of the eight NCAA women's titles captured by the Ephs.

Swain's overall record at Williams now stands at an impressive 134-17, including a perfect 30-0 in NCAA Championships play.

Previously this spring Swain earned her fourth NESCAC Coach of the Year honor, as well as her second ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honor.

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