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John Morrison

John Morrison

Head Coach, Women's Swimming

John Morrison is entering his 12th year as the head coach of the Navy women’s swimming program, as well as his 16th year of being associated with the team, in the fall of 2015. Morrison and the Mids have tallied a record of 84-18 –– which includes two undefeated seasons –– with six first-place and three second-place showings at the Patriot League Championship over the last nine seasons. In all, Morrison has guided the Mids to a 100-28 record and either first (six) or second-place finishes at the Patriot League meet 10 times in his 11 seasons. He has been tabbed as the Patriot League Coach of the Year five times and as the ECAC Coach of the Year three times. Last year saw Navy post the program’s 26th victory in a row over Army –– the longest winning streak in the series in any sport –– and a 7-3 record on the year. The lone losses on the season came to Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Penn State. The Mids ran their streak of consecutive Patriot League titles won to four –– as well as well their fifth in six years –– with their performance at the 2015 championship. Navy totaled 13 swimming event titles over the course of the meet to earn its league-best 14th team championship in 24 seasons. Navy would go on to place second at the ECAC Championship. Morrison himself was selected as the coach of the year after both championship meets. The Mids compiled a 5-4 record during the 2013-14 regular season, with their three losses coming to nationally-ranked Virginia, Penn State and North Carolina teams. In addition to winning the Patriot League crown, Navy also won the ECAC Championship Meet. One year prior (2012-13), Navy posted a 7-3 record during the regular season on its way to winning the Patriot League title. Three of the team’s four losses were to North Carolina, Virginia and Penn State, teams that went on to place 12th, 18th and 29th, respectively, at the NCAA Championship. The 2012-13 season came one year after the Mids scored a league-record 933.5 points to win the program’s 10th Patriot League title in 2012, won its first ECAC championship and qualified a trio of Mids for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. The 2009-10 season was a record-breaking campaign for the Mids. After posting a 10-1 record during the regular season, with Navy’s lone loss coming to No. 11 Virginia, the Mids totaled 14 event victories on their way to winning the Patriot League title for the first time in three years. Additionally, 2010 graduates Tara Chapmon and Thuy-Mi Dinh made their second and third, respectively, appearances at the NCAA Championship in 2010. Navy also posted the program’s first undefeated season during the 2008-09 campaign, part of a winning streak that would span to 25 meets before the aforementioned loss to the Cavaliers in the 2009-10 season. Individually, a Navy swimmer has earned at least a share of nine league swimmer-of-the-year accolades during Morrison’s 11 years, while the Mids have won a league-best 99 swimming event titles at the Patriot League Championship –– the remainder of the league has won 102 event titles –– under Morrison’s guidance. The program also has made strides at national events during Morrison’s tenure. Navy swimmers are regular participants in U.S. Swimming meets such as the USA Short Course National Championship, ConocoPhillips National Championship and the World Championship Trials. The 2008 season saw Dinh become the first women’s swimmer in Patriot League history to attain an ‘A’ cut qualifying time for the NCAA Championship, then she and Chapmon advanced to the national meet in both 2009 and ‘10. Laura Gorinski then competed in a trio of individual events at the NCAA Championship when she did so in the 2012 edition of the meet. In addition to the team’s success in the water, the program under Morrison has been regularly recognized as an Academic All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and has accounted for 97 placings on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll over the last 11 seasons. These recipients include Kelly Zahalka, Gorinski and Ellen Bradford, all of whom have been selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for their sport. Morrison’s hiring in 2004 returned him to The Yard where he served as an assistant coach to Dick Purdy for four seasons beginning in the fall of 1993. The Purdy-Morrison duo coached the Mids to a 33-14 record and to league titles during each of its four years together. After leaving Navy following the 1996-97 school year, Morrison served as a volunteer assistant men’s coach at Tennessee during the 1997-98 season in which the Volunteers placed fourth at the NCAA Championship, followed by one year as an assistant at Rutgers. After serving as the head coach and aquatics director at the Ocean County YMCA in his hometown of Toms River, N.J., for two years starting in 1999, he was named as the head swimming coach at Lehigh in 2001. Morrison coached the Mountain Hawks to a combined 31-27 record during his three seasons in Bethlehem, a period highlighted by the men’s team winning the 2002 Patriot League title. A successful athlete in his own right, Morrison earned four letters in swimming and in golf while a student-athlete at Toms River High School and was selected as a member of the school’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in the spring of 2004. He would go on to earn four letters in swimming at North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels win a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference titles in the process. Morrison would enter the coaching ranks in 1991 as an assistant swimming coach at Washington & Lee where he helped coach four NCAA Division III All-Americans. He also assisted with the school’s 1992 water polo team that won the Division III Eastern Championship and served as the interim golf coach. Morrison and his wife, Amy, have a 16-year-old son, John, and a 12-year-old daughter, Avery Grace.
Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts

Head Coach, Men's Swimming

Bill Roberts returns this season for his seventh year as the head coach of the Navy men's swimming program. Additionally, this is his 10th year of being a member of the program's coaching staff. Roberts guided the Mids to a record-breaking year during the 2008-09 season. After posting a school-best 17 wins (in 19 meets) during the regular season, the Mids tallied a league-record 1031.5 points to win the Patriot League title by nearly 400 points. The league crown was Navy's sixth in as many years of competing at the meet, with Roberts also receiving his third coach-of-the-year accolade (2004, `05, `09). The following week, Roberts also garnered conference coach-of-the-year honors when the Mids won the ECAC?Open Championship. Individually at the championship, Navy has totaled 57 individual and relay event titles during this time, more than twice as many as the next best program in the league. With the success of the overall program, Navy also has consistently qualified individual athletes for national meets under Roberts. The program returned to the NCAA?Championship Meet for the first time in nearly a decade during his inaugural season of 2004, with four swimmers competing in a combined six individual events at the national meet -- which included Noah White's `A' cut time in the 50 free -- and earning a pair of Honorable Mention All-America certificates in two relay events. Navy again sent multiple swimmers to the NCAA?Championship last year, with both Adam Meyer and Erik Hunter competing in a trio of events. Meyer would join the illustrious list of Navy swimmers to have garnered All-America accolades when he received Honorable Mention All-America honors last season. The Mids have also enjoyed great success during the regular season under Roberts. After posting an 8-9 record during his initial season, Navy has totaled double digit wins in each of the last five seasons, including a 17-2 record during the 2008-09 campaign. Navy has tallied a 64-19 record over the last five seasons and is 72-28 overall under Roberts. Additionally during the Roberts era, Navy swimmers have annually taken part in such national meets as the World Championship Trials, the ConocoPhillips National Championship and the USA?Swimming Spring Championship. A trio of current or former Navy swimmers qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, as well, with current senior Adam Meyer placing 17th in the 200 fly and 19th in the 200 IM.
Robert Lias

Robert Lias

Associate Head Coach

Rob Lias returns for his 10th season as an assistant coach with the Navy women’s swimming program in the fall of 2015. A full-time member of the coaching staff, Lias has been an integral part of Navy’s regular season and postseason success over the last seven seasons. The Mids have compiled a 84-18 regular season record during Lias’ time on The Yard, while winning six Patriot League title and placing second at the meet on three occasions in his nine years. Lias himself was selected as a 2012 Honorable Mention Assistant Coach of the Year by CollegeSwimming.com. Additionally, Lias served as the stroke coach for 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials competitor and three-time NCAA Championship qualifier Thuy-Mi Dinh. Lias, who serves as Navy’s recruiting coordinator and designs the team’s dryland and strength program, came to Navy after two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs at Auburn. After the men’s team won the NCAA championship during his initial 2004-05 season, both teams claimed national titles during his final year at the school. He began his coaching career during the summer of 2002 when he served as a volunteer assistant coach at New Paltz High School. After one season on the prep level, he moved on to the collegiate ranks as an assistant at Mount Union College. A 2000 graduate of Mount Union, Lias was a four-year letterwinner for the Raiders and served as the team captain during his senior year. He earned his way onto All-Ohio Athletic Conference teams 13 times during his career, won a pair of individual event conference titles (1999 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events) and was named as the team MVP during his junior and senior years. In addition to his coaching experience, Lias also has run technique based swimming camps across the country through Total Immersion Swimming, Inc. Lias and his wife, Courtney, have sons, Cameron, who will turn three in October, and Grady, who will turn one in December.
Mark Liscinsky

Mark Liscinsky

Assistant Coach, Men's Swimming

Mark Liscinsky begins his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Navy men's swimming team in the fall of 2018. Liscinsky spent the previous seven seasons as the head assistant coach for the American men's and women's teams. Serving as the sprint group coach for the overall program, his swimmers set seven school records -- men: 50 free, 100 back; women: 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay -- and won four event titles at the Patriot League Championship. In addition to his work at American, Liscinsky also served as the head coach of the Washington Golf and Country Club team for six summers (2007-12). His teams won a trio of (Washington, D.C.) Country Club Swim & Dive Association titles -- 2009 (undefeated record, first title in 50 years), 2010 (undefeated record) and 2012 -- and placed second once over his final four seasons. A 2004 graduate of American himself, Liscinsky was a highly decorated swimmer in his own right. He set school records in five events -- four of which remain American records -- and was tabbed as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year in 2000 and as the Patriot League Swimmer of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Liscinsky totaled 10 CAA Championship meet event titles (five individual event, five relay event) as a freshman and sophomore before adding 12 Patriot League Championship meet titles (six individual event, six relay event) as a junior and senior. A versatile swimmer, he won titles in five different individual events (100/200 back, 200/400 IM, 200 free) and in five different relay events (200/400/800 free, 200/400 medley). Additionally, despite competing in the Patriot League for only two seasons, his 12 combined titles at the meet ranked fourth in league history at the end of his career and, more than a decade later, still ranks sixth all time. On the national stage, Liscinsky competed in the NCAA Championship Meet as a senior, was a finalist in multiple events at the U.S. Senior Nationals, qualified for three U.S. Olympic Team Trials and was a member of the U.S. team that took part in the 2003 World University Games. Liscinsky and wife Kate are the parents of Sam, age three, and Maggie, who will celebrate her second birthday in November 2014.
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