Women's swimming & diving vs. Johns Hopkins, Jan. 25, 2012 (Photos by Phil Hoffmann)
Rob Lias returns for his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Navy women's swimming program.
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 72-11 regular season record during Lias' time on The Yard, while winning the Patriot League title in 2007, `10, `12 and `13 and placing second at the meet in 2008, `09 and `11.
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 married the former Courtney Harper in the spring of 2011.