ALFRED — Alfred State Director of Athletics Jason Doviak has named Michael Smiechowski the new swimming & diving coach. Smiechowski has already started his duties.
Smiechowski is excited to get going as the start of the season is right around the corner.
“I am humbled to join the Alfred State family,” he said. “Through my interview process I was impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the overall enthusiasm for the swimming and diving program. The people of this community have shown me so much warmth and kindness its hard not to be excited.”
Doviak is pleased to have Smiechowski on board.
“Mike has an outstanding swimming & diving background both as a student-athlete and coach. He has worked in different capacities within the swimming & diving profession and is well-prepared to lead our program,” he said. “Mike’s passion and desire to recruit outstanding student-athletes and elevate our program to new heights was apparent during the interview process. He is a goal oriented coach who will undoubtedly be successful in achieving those objectives in the future.”
Smiechowski comes to Alfred State after most recently serving as the head swim coach of the Sint Maarten-Saint Martin National Swim Team. During the 2018-19 season he trained the first Sint Maarten athlete to participate in the World Championship. As the director of operations of the Carib Swim Club (the largest swim club on the island) he had athletes break 25 club records.
Previously he coached the Hickam Hurrricanes (Honolulu, HI) and the the Coral Springs Club (Coral Springs, FL) teams.
After a successful swimming career at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he a team captain and a member of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship team from 2009-2012, Smiechowski started his coaching career at Villanova University as an assistant coach and men’s recruiting coordinator. At Villanova, he was part of the coaching staff that led the women’s team to the 2014 Big East Championship. He spent the next season (2014-15) at Towson University as an assistant coach and men’s recruiting coordinator.
“The team has had a lot of success in its first year as a full member of Division III,” Smiechowski noted. “Now it’s time to continue to build on that momentum as we look to compete for conference titles and national relevancy in the future. There is a lot to be excited about for our current team and prospective student-athletes.”
Smiechowski has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from UNC Wilmington and a master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University.