Head coach Brent MacDonald led men’s swimming to back-to-back victories as Big East Conference champions this year after clinching the title last year during Xavier’s first season in the new conference. The wins mark not just Big East firsts for Xavier but are also the swim program’s first conference title wins ever.
The benefits are huge. “When you win two years in a row, it begins to show sustained success to potential recruits,” he says.
MacDonald was also honored as Big East Coach of the Year this year, tying with Jamie Holder of Georgetown. This is another repeat for Xavier as MacDonald won not only the 2014 Big East Coach of the Year, but was similarly honored in the last year of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
MacDonald joined Xavier as assistant coach in 2006. He was named interim head coach in 2008 and head coach in 2009. His swimmers have won awards such as Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Performance, fostering expectations of a three-peat in the Big East next year.