Fall 2015 Issue

2015 Coach of the Year

Matt Crispino '02

By William & Mary Athletics

Illustration by Jonathan Carlson

Director of Swimming Matt Crispino ’02 has led his alma mater to perhaps its best three-year run in the last 40 years as he enters his eighth season at the helm of the Tribe men’s and women’s swimming teams.

After seven complete seasons, Crispino is the second-winningest coach in program history for both the men (34 wins) and the women (52 wins).

Crispino returned to his alma mater in 2007 after five years in the assistant coaching ranks at Colgate University and West Point. Directly responsible for the sprint corps at Colgate, Crispino saw his athletes race to 49 lifetime-best performances, including four school-records. At West Point, Crispino helped the Corps of Cadets to a pair of second-place showings at the Patriot League Championships.

The captain and Most Valuable Swimmer of the 2001-02 Tribe men’s swimming team, Crispino helped set the school record in the 800 free relay as a freshman at the CAA Championships. Crispino received his bachelor’s of arts in government from the College in 2002, and his master’s in physical education from Florida State in 2003. In July 2008, he married Liz Koch ’03, former Tribe swimmer. The couple resides in Williamsburg with their two-and-a-half year-old daughter, Lydia Grace.