LEWISBURG, Pa. – Head coach Dan Schinnerer has announced the addition of Brandt Nigro as an assistant coach on Bucknell's men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Nigro comes to Lewisburg after three highly-successful seasons as a Division I assistant at Marshall and UMBC.
Nigro's most recent stop was at Marshall, where his one season was the most successful in program history. The Thundering Herd women's team scored a program record 724 points at the Conference USA Championships while finishing third. Nigro, who was the primary coach for the sprint and backstroke events, coached Sirena Rowe (50 free, 22.08) to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Swim & Dive Championships. Rowe was the first Marshall swimmer to qualify for the NCAAs since 2005. In addition, eleven school records, including six individual, were set by the team in 2016-17. The Thundering Herd also set high marks in the classroom, earning the nation's fifth highest GPA.
Prior to Marshall, Nigro helped the UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams win back-to-back conference championships in his two seasons in Baltimore. He was a part of the 2015-16 CCSA Men's Coaching Staff of the Year and the 2014-15 America East Women's Coaching Staff of the Year. In those two seasons, 18 school records and eight conference records were set. The team was led by Emily Escobedo, who earned All-American honors in the 200 breast. At UMBC, Nigro also served as the head senior coach of the Retriever Aquatic Club.
Nigro began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant on the staff at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has also coached the Cheshire YMCA Sea Dogs Swim Club and served as head coach of Brookfield (Conn.) High School girls swim and dive team, winning a Southwest Conference championship in 2012. Nigro is an ASCA Level 4 Certified Coach and was selected as an ASCA Fellow for the Class of 2016.
A native of Bristol, Conn., Nigro graduated with honors from the College of Charleston in 2005. At Charleston, he helped his team to a Southern States Conference Championship. Nigro was named to multiple All-Conference and All-Academic Teams. In 2009, he graduated with honors from the University of Hartford with a master's degree and a sixth year certificate in school psychology. While coaching in Connecticut, he also worked as a state and nationally certified school psychologist.
Bucknell is coming off another successful season in 2016-17. The Bison men were paced by Chris Devlin, who won his second consecutive Swimmer of the Meet honor at the Patriot League Championships. The Bison women return all four of their All-Patriot League selections, three of which were named to the First Team.