Has helped Mids to last 4 league titles and 6 titles in all
Helped Navy win Patriot League & ECAC titles this season
Women's swimming and diving vs. Johns Hopkins, Jan. 28, 2015 Photos by Phil Hoffmann
Photos from Dec. 12, 2013, Army at Navy women's swimming and diving meet. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Women's swimming & diving vs. Johns Hopkins, Jan. 25, 2012 (Photos by Phil Hoffmann)
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.