Cathy Swezey
Cathy  Swezey
Position:
Head Coach

 

03/25/2017

Commodores cruise past Bulldogs 22-4

‘Dores score most goals in over two years and improve to 2-0 in league play

03/24/2017

‘Dores back at home after six-game road trip

Vanderbilt will host BIG EAST newcomer Butler Saturday at 1 pm CT

03/22/2017

No. 17 Johns Hopkins tops Vanderbilt 13-8

4-0 Blue Jays run to end the first half was too much to overcome for the ‘Dores

03/21/2017

Commodores travel to No. 17 Johns Hopkins for mid-week matchup

'Dores and Blue Jays will face off on Wednesday at 12 pm CT

03/18/2017

Commodores come back to beat Villanova 14-12

'Dores scored the last five goals of the game to claim the win

03/25/2017

Vanderbilt vs. Butler

Vanderbilt lacrosse faces off with Butler Saturday afternoon at the Multipurpose Facility.

02/12/2017

Vanderbilt vs. Kennesaw State

The Vanderbilt lacrosse team opened the 2017 season with a 17-5 win over Kennesaw State. Photos by David Clancy.

03/12/2016

Lacrosse vs. Penn State. Photos by Steve Green (3/12/16)

Vanderbilt fell to No. 9 Penn State 15-11. Photos by Steve Green, (3/12/16)

Experience: 20th Season at Vanderbilt
Alma Mater: Trenton State, 1993 (currently TCNJ)
Email: vulacrosserecruits@vanderbilt.edu

2017: The 2017 Vanderbilt lacrosse season will mark the 20th season under the direction of head coach Cathy Swezey. Her tenure at the helm of the Commodores has included six NCAA Tournament appearances and a 2004 trip to the NCAA Final Four. 

In addition, Swezey led Vanderbilt into the American Lacrosse Conference as one of the charter members in 2001 and the Commodores twice won the league title. In 2015, Swezey again took the program into uncharted territory as they joined the BIG EAST Conference after the ALC dissolved after 13 years. 

Swezey has built Vanderbilt lacrosse into a nationally recognized program, both on the field and off of it. In 2012, graduating senior Ally Carey was named a first-team IWLCA All-American for the third consecutive season and retained her spot on the U.S. women’s national senior team. In the classroom, six of Swezey’s student-athletes were named to the 2012 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, while a total of 23 Commodores were so honored by the American Lacrosse Conference. 

A native of Moorestown, N.J., and a three-time Division III national champion, Swezey was hired as Vanderbilt lacrosse’s second varsity head coach in 1997. Swezey has played a large part in the growth of the sport of lacrosse both at Vanderbilt and throughout Tennessee. 

Swezey was the first to bring a team from outside of the eastern time zone to the NCAA Final Four. Her Commodores earned four consecutive berths in the NCAA Tournament between 2007 and 2010. Swezey was named the American Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year in 2008, the same year she was honored as Vanderbilt’s Coach of the Year for women’s athletics. Nashville played host to a first-round game in the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament for the first time in history in 2007. 

Swezey began building her powerful program prior to the 1998 season. Her first team went 7-9, but it was a mere two years later that Swezey’s 2000 squad would defeat a Top-10 team, Boston University, for the first time in the history of the program. Vanderbilt ended that year ranked 13th in the nation — one spot from reaching the NCAA Tournament — and Swezey was nominated as Coach of the Year by the IWLCA. 

In 2002, Vanderbilt became a charter member of the American Lacrosse Conference. For guiding her team to its highest ranking ever, No. 8, and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Swezey earned Coach of the Year honors from the ALC and InsideLacrosse.com.

The Commodores’ success has produced a snowball effect in Middle Tennessee. Swezey moved her team into a state-of-the-art facility, the Vanderbilt Lacrosse and Soccer Complex, in 2003. A number of former Commodore lacrosse players now work in the Nashville area as high school and youth lacrosse coaches, and Vanderbilt regularly hosts camps and clinics on campus. 

Swezey’s coaching career began at her alma mater, Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). She was a graduate assistant coach for both field hockey and lacrosse from 1994-1996. During that time, the lacrosse team earned two NCAA championship titles, and the field hockey team earned the title in 1995. While coaching, Swezey earned her master’s degree in teaching with a health education specialization. 

The three-time All-American had an impressive two-sport career at Trenton State, winning eight national championships in field hockey and lacrosse as a player and graduate assistant coach. Swezey started for Trenton State’s national championship lacrosse teams in 1991, 1992 and 1994, and for the 1990 national runner-up squad. Swezey missed the 1993 season with a knee injury, but returned to the field the following year. 

Not only was she an All-American in 1992, she received the honor again in 1994. Swezey was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team in 1992 and 1994, and earned the Attack Player of the Year award from the South Jersey Lacrosse Club her senior season. She became a member of the U.S. Lacrosse squad upon graduation in 1994. 

Swezey resides in Nashville with her three children.

The Swezey File

HIGH SCHOOL
Moorestown (N.J.)

COLLEGE
Trenton State (now known as the
College of New Jersey), 1993
Bachelor of Arts in psychology
Masters in teaching
College of New Jersey, 1996

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Attack/Center
• Moorestown H.S.
• Trenton State (Captain, `94 squad) • U.S. National Team (`94-95)

PLAYING HONORS
All-American (1992, 1994), Attack Player of the Year (1994), NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team (1992, 1994), NCAA Division III National Champion (1991, 1992, 1994), NCAA Division III Runner-Up (1990).

COACHING EXPERIENCE
• Member of the United States Women's Lacrosse Association
• Graduate Assistant, Trenton State College (1994-96);
• Assistant Coach, JMU (`96-97)
• Head Coach, Vanderbilt (1997-present)

COACHING HONORS
ALC Coach of the Year (2002), InsideLacrosse.com National Coach of the Year (2002), 2004 NCAA Final Four

VANDERBILT COACHING RECORD:

Year University Wins Losses ALC

2016

Vanderbilt 5 11 1-6*

2015

Vanderbilt 7 9 4-3*

2014

Vanderbilt 5 12 2-4

2013

Vanderbilt 2 15 0-5

2012

Vanderbilt 8 8 1-4
2011 Vanderbilt 8 8 1-4
2010 Vanderbilt 12 6 4-1
2009 Vanderbilt 10 7 2-2
2008 Vanderbilt 13 6 3-1
2007 Vanderbilt 11 6 3-1
2006 Vanderbilt 6 10 2-3
2005 Vanderbilt 6 9 3-3
2004 Vanderbilt 12 6 5-1
2003 Vanderbilt 7 8 4-2
2002 Vanderbilt 10 6 6-0
2001 Vanderbilt 5 11
2000 Vanderbilt 10 6
1999 Vanderbilt 5 10
1998 Vanderbilt 7 9
Career at VU Combined 149 163 41-40

*Vanderbilt joined the BIG EAST in 2015

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