WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College head women's tennis coach Alison Swain, the most successful women's tennis coach in all NCAA Divisions over the last ten years, has accepted the head women's tennis position at the University of Southern California.
"I have had an incredible ten years at Williams and am so grateful for the opportunity I was given to coach high-caliber student-athletes and be part of a close-knit and driven athletic department," said Swain.
"I want to thank Lisa Melendy who hired me back in 2007 when she was acting Athletic Director," added Swain. "She believed in me then and allowed me to continue to grow as a coach, educator, and department member."
"Being able to coach at one's alma mater is an experience like no other and it's been an honor to coach exceptional student-athletes and work among some of the best coaches in the country," noted Swain. "I believe first and foremast that coaching is an educational endeavor and that the lessons learned through high-level athletics lead to success off the court as well. I believe USC is an athletic department that has a similar philosophy, and I look forward to bringing some of the Purple Valley to the Trojans."
Swain over the last 10 years led the Ephs to eight NCAA titles and compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 48-2. Both losses by the Ephs in the NCAA Tournament were by the score of 5-4. Swain's Ephs were 6-2 overall in NCAA play in matches that ended 5-4.
This season Swain's Ephs were down 4-1 to Middlebury in the NCAA Semifinals, before senior Linda Shin rallied from down a set and trailing in the second set 3-1 to make the score 4-2 in favor of Middlebury. Williams then won the remaining three singles matches to advance to the finals versus Emory University.
The Ephs edged Emory 5-4 for Swain's eight NCAA title and the Ephs' 10th overall.
The 10 NCAA team titles in a DIII record, as is Swain's string of six consecutive titles from 2008-13, Swain's skein of 33 consecutive NCAA tournament wins, and the 81 NCAA tournament victories by the Ephs.
Swain also recorded the first fall-spring perfect season at Williams when her Ephs won all 25 matches and their seventh NCAA title under her guidance. Swain fashioned an overall record of 224-28 (.889) in the Purple Valley.
In 2001 Swain was a co-captain of the Ephs first NCAA women's tennis championship team, giving her a role in nine of the 10 NCAA titles won by the Ephs.