Navy's Lias Receives Coaching Laurel
May 17, 2012
SOMERS, Wis. -- Rob Lias has garnered 2011-12 Honorable Mention Assistant Coach-of-the-Year accolades from CollegeSwimming.com for his efforts with the Navy women's swimming program this season.
The 2011-12 season was the sixth year in which Lias has served as an assistant to head coach John Morrison. The full-time member of the coaching staff helped guide the Mids to a regular season record of 7-4 and titles at both the Patriot League and ECAC championship meets this year. Three of Navy's four losses this year came to Virginia, Penn State and Arkansas. The Cavaliers placed 17th at the 2012 NCAA Championship, with the Nittany Lions placing 22nd and the Razorbacks finishing in 41st place at the national meet.
Navy has won a trio of Patriot League crowns, placed second at the championship three times and compiled an overall record of 65-8 with Lias on the pool deck in Annapolis.
Lias also has helped the Mids attain success on a national level. A Navy women's swimmer has advanced to the NCAA Championship four times in his six seasons, a span that includes this year when Laura Gorinski (Jr., Greensburg, Pa.) became the first women's swimmer in Navy (Division I) and Patriot League history to compete in a trio of events at the meet. Additionally, Gorinski, Toni Paruso (Jr., Savannah, Ga.) and Rheanna Vaughn (So., Aliso Viejo, Calif.) have all qualified for the 2012 U.S. Swimming Team Trials.