Tyrrell led the Crimson to an Ivy League Dual title and an Ivy League Championship in 2013-14. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University and Bob Scalise, the Nichols Family Director of Athletics, announced today the hiring of Kevin Tyrrell as the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving.
"I'm thrilled that Kevin Tyrrell will be returning to the pool deck to guide the Harvard men's swimming and diving team. During his five years at Harvard, he has displayed all of the virtues of a head coach we are looking for at this level. Along with possessing an in-depth knowledge of the sport of swimming, Kevin also cares deeply about his student-athletes' success in academics. He is a great fit to continue to lead our proud program."
"I am excited to carry on the rich tradition of Harvard men's swimming and diving," Tyrrell said. "Our program is one of excellence, both in and out of the pool, and we will make sure our student-athletes continue to excel in all facets of life during their time here. I look forward to continuing my work with the team and connecting the generations of Harvard swimmers and divers with each other as we move forward to even greater levels of success."
Tyrrell, who guided Harvard to its 23rd Ivy League championship this year after the departure of former head coach Tim Murphy, becomes just the eighth head coach in Harvard men's swimming and diving history.
This season with Tyrrell on the pool deck, the Crimson finished 8-2 in the dual season and a perfect 7-0 against Ancient Eight foes, claiming the Ivy League Dual Meet championship along the way. Under his guidance, the Crimson took down reigning champion Princeton in Blodgett Pool to claim its first league title since 2008. Following the team success in the pool, six swimmers and divers from the 2013-14 squad went on to represent Harvard in the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
In his first four years in Cambridge, Tyrrell helped Harvard to a 31-4 dual meet record while celebrating 12 school records, eight individual Ivy League championships, nine All-Americans and 69 All-Ivy League selections. Additionally, the Crimson has had a selection to the Academic All-Ivy League Team each of the last three years.
Prior to arriving at Harvard, Tyrrell, who has extensive international coaching experience, was the head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team from 2005-09 and led the team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In July 2009, he served as a head coach at the FINA World Championships in Rome and worked in a similar capacity at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. At the Pan American Games in Brazil in 2007, Tyrrell coached seven swimmers to the semifinal round of the championships.
Tyrell also worked for four years as the head coach of the St. Croix Dolphins from 2005-2009. In that capacity, he worked with Misty Hyman, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 200 butterfly.
From 1995-2000, Tyrrell spent his first stint as a head coach at Bishop Fenwick High School. A year later, he began a nine-year tenure as the head coach for the YMCA of the North Shore Sharks, achieving American Swimming Coaches Association Level 5 YMCA certification. In that position, he coached the largest YMCA swim team in the country with over 480 swimmers and 220 USA Swimming members. He guided the YMCA to a 62-6 dual meet record, nine YMCA New England championships and helped the YMCA earn 32 All-America honors from 1996-2005.
A 1992 graduate of Lafayette College, Tyrrell was a two-time captain for the Leopards, leading the team to second place at the 1992 ECAC Championship. He earned a master's degree in education from Boston University in 2002.