After five successful years poolside for the Big Red, former Cornell swimming great Wes Newman '09 was named The Philip H. Bartels '71 Head Coach of Men's Swimming in April 2015. He had returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams in July of 2009 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2014.
Newman helped the Cornell men to a 13-6 dual meet record in his first two campaigns on the sidelines, pushing the team to a pair of third place finishes in the Ancient Eight. In all, 66 swimmers on the school's various top 10 lists have competed during Newman's stay. All 10 in the top 10 among 200 butterfly swimmers in Cornell history were either Newman, a protege of Newman's, or a former teammate of Newman's.
He has also assisted in the renaissance of the women's program, helping the Big Red to a 4-3 Ivy record in 2013-14, just the second winning park in program history (1991-92). The women matched their win total in conference action from its first four years with Newman on the staff, showing the significant strides they have made. In the eight years prior to his arrival, women's swimming and diving had won just four Ivy duals.
The Canadian Olympic Trials participant and NCAA qualifier rewrote the Big Red record book during his four-year varsity career, graduating as one of the school's most decorated swimmers. A three-time Eastern champion, Newman holds five individual and four school relay records. He swam on five Eastern champion relay teams during his career as well. Newman qualified for the NCAA's in both 2007 and 2009 in the 200 free, and finished in the top five at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials in two events (fourth in the 400 free, fifth in the 100 butterfly). A two-year team captain and the winner of the 2008 Richie Moran Award at Cornell, he was voted the team's most valuable performer in each of his four seasons. Newman was a catalyst for the program's undefeated 2007 dual meet season, as well as its third-place finish at the 2009 Ivy championship meet.
Out of the pool, Newman was just as impressive. He served as Treasurer of the Red Key Athletic Honor Society and tutored Ithaca HS students as part of the Dufree Tutoring Program. A Dean's List student, Newman was an NSCAA Scholastic All-American in 2009 and an honorable mention Scholastic All-American as a junior. Newman captured the Mario St. George Boiardi '04 Leadership Award for most embodying leadership, athleticism and a strong work ethic among Cornell senior student-athletes. He graduated in May with a degree in Applied Economics and Management.