SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 6, 2019) – Western New England University head women's swimming coach Andrea Daley has stepped down from her position following a 20-year association with the program, Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education Matthew LaBranche announced on Tuesday morning.
"Andrea is a special teacher-coach whose mentoring and advocacy has positively impacted the lives of countless swimmers over the past twenty years," LaBranche said. "She has been a tremendous ambassador for her sport, Golden Bear Athletics and the entire University. We thank Andrea for her outstanding service and wish her nothing but the best in all her future endeavors."
Daley began her tenure at Western New England as an assistant coach during the 1999-00 campaign. She served in that role for three seasons under former head coach Ben Bump, before assuming the head position prior to the 2002-03 season.
Daley's first year at the helm saw the Golden Bears win a program record 11 dual meets, and the following season (2003-04) she led Western New England to the GNAC title and a program-best ninth-place finish at the NEISDA Championships. Daley's teams also posted three other top-3 finishes at the GNAC Championship meet and set 13 school records during a standout 2015 NEISDA Championship performance.
"In my 20 years at Western New England, I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach with amazing colleagues, particularly my mentor, Ben Bump, and my longtime assistant coach, Lynn Schneeweis," Daley said. "Being able to coach my final year alongside my former student-athlete Ali Johnstone was special to me as well."
Over the course of her 17-year tenure as head coach, Daley mentored a pair of Downes Athletic Hall of Famers – Elena Massa-Musiak '04 and Kelli Arsenault '05. Arsenault became the first Golden Bear to win the prestigious Kay Fromer Award for scoring the most points at the NEISDA Championships over her four-year career.
Daley also coached Suzanne Monahan '03, who set multiple records at the GNAC Championships, Jamie Campo '09, the 2005 GNAC Rookie of the Year, and Danielle Caron '13, the recipient of the 2013 Richard DiRuzza Emerging Leader Award.
Overall, 45 of the swimming program's 46 school records were set during Daley's time as head coach at Western New England.
In addition to her teams' success in the pool, Daley's student-athletes were also high academic achievers, consistently earning CSCAA Scholar All-America accolades. Over ten of Daley's swimmers were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.
Outside of her role at Western New England, Daley was active within the regional swimming community. She served as president of NEISDA in 2007-08 after holding the position of vice president the previous season. In 2012, Daley was profiled by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) as part of its Spotlight of the Month feature after she was announced as a national winner.
"I was so fortunate to get to spend time working in athletics, coaching a sport I will forever love," Daley continued. "My passion for the sport of swimming and love of competition will never fade. Being a coach has been one of the most incredible experiences I have had. I am so proud of all of the successes the team has achieved and I am forever grateful for the amazing athletes I was so fortunate to coach. I loved the journey of watching them thrive in athletics and then later in life as professionals and individuals. They have truly impacted my life and made me a better person."