NEW LONDON, Conn. -- John Westkott has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the third straight season after leading the Bears to a second place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in back-to-back seasons.
Westkott earns the honor for the third straight season and the eighth time in his career as the Bears, who finished third at the NEWMAC Championship four straight times (2013-2016), placed second to 10-time defending champion MIT for the second straight season.
He has led the Bears to six conference championships (1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006-2008). The team has also finished second nine times at the NEWMAC Championship meet. So all totaled in 19 NEWMAC Championships, Westkott has led the Bears to six championships, nine second place finishes and third place four times.
The men's team has a phenomenal dual meet record of 144-42 for a winning percentage of .774 under Westkott during his 19 years. This season Coast Guard finished 7-2 in dual meets.
This year freshman Eric Fuhs won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke to earn NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors.