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Coaches

Steve Kuster

 

Coach Kuster was a two-time All-American at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, he finished 11th in the 200-meter butterfly at the US Olympic Trials. After graduating in 1993, he was selected to the United States National Team and represented the country at the World University Games. Prior to his appointment at Williams, Kuster spent three years as the men’s assistant coach at Harvard University. There he helped lead the Crimson to three Ivy League titles and an 11th place finish at the 1998 NCAAs. Kuster also received a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. In 16 seasons as the men and women’s coach at Williams College, Kuster’s teams have amassed a 30-2 record at conference championships. He has also been named NESCAC Coach of the Year 11 out of the last 15 years and NCAA women’s Coach of the Year 5 times.

 

Karrie Honecker

 Coach Honecker was captain of the undefeated women’s swim team at Ithaca College in 2003. Following her move to North Carolina, Karrie became the Head Developmental Coach for the Greenville Swim Club. During her 4 years with GSC, the club boasted multiple Junior Olympic Champions, and most recently 2012 London Olympic Gold medalist Lauren Perdue. As a coach, Honecker not only increased the strength of the club’s schedule, but also encouraged year-round participation of all members. Karrie was also the Head Coach for the Windsor Waves; a Greenville Aquatics Summer Swim League team. She led them to their first undefeated season during the summer of 2011. After moving to Williamstown in the fall of 2011, she became a volunteer assistant coach for the Williams College Swim Team, as well as the Head Coach for the Williams Masters Swimming Group. Karrie brings not only her experience in coaching but also her passion and love for the sport of swimming to PVA.

 

Dave Dow

Coach Dow comes from Bethany College in West Virginia, where he was the head coach of the swimming and diving team for the past four years. While at Bethany, the team broke over sixty school records and both the women's and men's programs posted their first winning seasons in over 25 years. Before Bethany, Dow was a swimmer and assistant coach at SUNY Cortland. He was a school record holder in the 1,000 free and won two SUNYAC titles in the 1,650 Free. He also coached two All-Americans and over ten All-Conference swimmers during his two years as an assistant coach. This will be Dow's first season as an assistant at Williams College, and is excited to bring his passion for swimming and knowledge of the sport to the PVA athletes.

 

Brogan Barr

Coach Barr graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, in 2014 with a double major in biology and religion, as well as a minor in coaching.  She was a distance swimmer all four years at Gustavus, and her favorite event was the 400IM.  Brogan was an assistant coach at SUNY Potsdam last year and will take on a similar role this season at Williams College.  She spent the summers in 2012 and 2014 as the head coach of two summer club teams in Montana.  This past summer, Brogan worked as an aquatics specialist at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where she had the opportunity to interact with some of the world's elite swimmers and shadow top collegiate and national coaches.  Brogan is interested in nutrition, health, and fitness, and she hopes to pursue graduate studies in exercise science or sports management in the future.  But for now, she is thrilled to be coaching with the Ephs, as well as with PVA.

 

Heather Dow

Coach Heather Dow was a four-year member and senior captain at SUNY Cortland, where she received her bachelor degree in Adolescent English Education. She went on to become the assistant swim coach at Bethany College in West Virginia while completing her master’s in the Arts of Teaching. She founded a successful learn to swim program and helped the team break 15 school records during her two years at Bethany. She spent the next two years as an 8th grade English teacher and high school swim coach, bringing the largest number of swimmers to WV States in recent history. Heather will begin her role as a 7th grade English teacher in Bennington this upcoming year. She is pumped to help young swimmers develop in the pool and guide them in discovering the awesome sport she loves so much.

 

Holly Rudel

Coach Rudel just graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME after swimming four seasons as a Polar Bear. She was a chemical physics major and a math minor and is now excited to be teaching science and math to grades 4-7 at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown. While at Bowdoin, she was a backstroker who competed and medalled at NESCACs in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke. She has been coaching and teaching lessons for the past seven years. She is very excited to motivate and encourage swimmers, and hopeful to foster a lifelong love of the sport.

 
 
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