Kevin Tyrrell enters his sixth season as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving after serving as assistant coach from July 15, 2009 until August, 2013.
At the helm of Harvard’s men’s swimming and diving program, Tyrrell has strived for excellence both in the pool and in classroom. In the past five years, he has amassed a 45-3 overall record, including a 32-1 mark against Ivy League opponents, while continuously, bringing in strong recruiting classes, which were ranked amongst the top-20 in the nation for swimming and diving.
Tyrrell has guided the Crimson to three Ivy League Championships, including back-to-back titles in 2016-17 and 2017-18. At the 2016-17 Ivy League Championship Meet, Harvard dominated, winning by 370 points, the widest margin of victory since the Crimson’s 409-point win in 1999, which earned him the distinction as the Ivy League Coach of the Year.
Under Tyrrell’s leadership, Harvard has continued to grow on the national stage, climbing into the national rankings and improving its team score and place at the NCAA Championships in 2017-18. At the NCAA Championships, the Crimson registered its highest finish since 2001-02, placing 18th tallying 58 points. Dean Farris ’20 earned All-America first team honors in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke for the second time in his career, while distance swimmers Brennan Novak ’19 and Logan Houck ’20 each recorded All-America honorable mention times in the 500-yard freestyle.
In his years at the helm, Tyrrell has recruited, coached, and developed two All-America first team selections (Dean Farris ’20, Mike Mosca ‘15), and 11 All-America honorable mention recipients. Additionally, he has coached a total of 42 All-Ivy recipients, including 21 first team selections as well as back-to-back Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmers of the Year (Dean Farris ’20 in 2016-17, 2017-18 and Brennan Novak ’19 in 2017-18).
Outside of Blodgett Pool, Harvard has excelled in the classroom boasting the top GPA in the nation each of the past three years as well as a pair of Academic All-District recipients (Dean Farris ’20, Mike Mosca ’15), and one Academic All-America selection (Mike Mosca ’15). Additionally, 42 of his swimmers and divers earned CSCAA Scholar All-America recognition.
In addition to his coaching duties, Tyrrell is member of the Harvard Freshmen Board of Advisors, working with and advising non-swimmers each year. He was also named to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving committee in the fall of 2017.
Before his elevation, Tyrrell led the Crimson's recruiting efforts and helped welcome recruiting classes ranked within the top-20 nationally as an Associate Head Coach in 2010-11 and 2011-12. In his first four season's Tyrrell helped Harvard to a 31-4 dual meet record while celebrating 12 school records, eight 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.Tyrrell also spent four years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Crimson from 2000-04 and helped Harvard to two Ivy League titles in 2001 and 2002.
Previously, 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.
Prior to 2000, Tyrrell enjoyed 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 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 and a master's in education from Harvard University in 2015.