The 2010 season will be Mike Schwob's 15th year as the head coach of the Navy women's volleyball team, his 16th year with the program and his 23rd campaign with U.S. Naval Academy volleyball.
Originally hired as an assistant coach with the men's program during the 1988-89 academic year, he was elevated to the position of head coach two years later. Schwob guided the men's team to a 54-41 record during its remaining three seasons as a varsity sport before leading the squad to a pair of national top-10 rankings among club teams over the next two years. He transitioned over to the women's game as an assistant coach during the 1995 season before being named as head coach the next year.
The Mids have posted an overall record of 214-215 during his 14 seasons as the mentor of the women's team.
Success for Navy in the Patriot League dates back to Schwob's first season as its head coach. The Mids tied for second place in the league standings during his initial 1996 season -- as well as in the subsequent two seasons -- and advanced to the championship match of the league tournament. Navy would return to the league final in 1999 after a season in which the Mids tied for the league's regular season title with a 9-3 record and earned the right to play host to the league tournament.
With many of the pieces to the puzzle gone after the 1999 season due to graduation, Schwob guided a 2000 team that included two returning starters, a sophomore setter, two starters who had never played on the collegiate level and one who had not played the sport in several years to double digit wins on the entire season.
The Mids were tabbed to place seventh in the Patriot League the following year (2001), but Navy instead finished in fifth place and missed advancing to the postseason by just one victory.
Navy climbed even closer to the playoffs in both 2002 (tied for fourth place; missed playoffs due to the league tiebreaker) and `03 (fifth place) before tying for third place in 2004 to return to the postseason.
The 2005 squad put together Navy's most successful season since sharing the league crown six years earlier when the Mids set a school record for overall winning percentage (72.4%), won a Navy-best 10 league matches and tied for second place in the Patriot League.
The 2007 season saw Navy's senior class set a school record for the most career wins by a class with 74 and, with a 21-12 record, tally their third 20-win campaign. The Mids also advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the third time in a span of four years with an 8-6 record in the league. That was despite being picked to place sixth in the Patriot League at the start of the season.
The success of the program in 2007 carried over into the 2008 campaign. The Mids won both the Trident Classic and the Runnin' Bulldog Classic to give the Mids a pair of tournament titles in one season for the first time during Schwob's tenure.
With the success of the Navy team, laurels for individuals have come to the Mids on a yearly basis. Navy players have received 20 all-league accolades during Schwob's tenure, most recently when 2009 graduate Alexa Gibbs received a second-team nod during her final season.
Schwob himself was tabbed as the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 1997 and as the USNA Fall Coach of the Year in 2005. He has served as a coach for the U.S. Navy volleyball team -- both men's and women's teams -- multiple times over the last decade. Most recently he led the women's team to a gold medal at the 2008 Armed Forces Tournament.
A native of Buffalo, Schwob was a four-year member of the volleyball team at George Mason and competed on the school's 1985 and `88 NCAA Final Four teams. He earned All-East honors in each of his last two seasons at the school.
He will be inducted into Kenmore East High School Athletic Hall of Fame in October.
A tenured physical education associate professor at Navy, Schwob holds a Bachelor's Degree from George Mason and a Master's Degree from Loyola (Md.). Prior to arriving at Navy, Schwob taught in the Anne Arundel County school system for eight years.
He and his wife, Susan, a former All-ACC volleyball player at Maryland, are the parents of four boys -- Williams (13), Robert (11), Brian (10) and Michael (5).