Kevin Tyrrell
Kevin Tyrrell
Title: The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving
Phone: (617) 495-2268
Email: [email protected]
Previous College: Lafayette '92
Experience: Fifth Season

Kevin Tyrrell was promoted to The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving in August 2013 after serving as assistant coach since July 15, 2009.

The 2016-17 season proved to be a banner year for the Crimson. In his fourth year at the helm, Tyrrell led Harvard to a 10-0 dual meet record and its second Ivy League title during his tenure, earning him conference Coach of the Year honors. Harvard dominated the Ivy Championship Meet, winning by 370 points, the largest margin of victory since Harvard’s 409-point win in 1999. Tyrrell’s swimmers earned 17 individual and five relay All-Ivy honors including Dean Farris capturing the Phil Moriarty High Point Swimmer of the Meet award and Jack Manchester earning the Harold Ulen Career High Point Swimmer award. On the national level, the Crimson captured three All-America honors at the NCAA Championships and placed 27th, the highest of any Ivy competing. The team was also tabbed the Mid-Major champion. 

In September 2017, Tyrrell was selected to be a member of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Committee.

In his third season as the head coach of the Crimson, Tyrrell guided Harvard to a 9-1 dual meet record, including a 6-1 mark against the Ancient Eight. Harvard claimed second at the Ivy Championship meet with seven individuals and three relay teams earning All-Ivy accolades. Harvard's 200 free relay squad went on to earn honorable mention All-America at the NCAA Championships. In the classroom, Harvard posted the top GPA in the nation for the second-straight season.

Tyrrell's second season at the helm saw Harvard post a 9-0 record in dual meets during the regular season, including a 7-0 mark against the Ivy League. At the Ivy League Championships, Harvard claimed second overall. Breeding success in and out of the pool, Harvard posted the highest GPA of any swim and dive team in the nation at 3.57 in 2014-15, with 11 individuals earning spots on the CSCAA All-Academic Team, the most in the Ancient Eight.

In 2013-14, his first as the head coach, Tyrrell led the Crimson to an outright Ivy League dual meet championship and an Ivy League Championship.

Before his elevation, Tyrrell led the Crimson's recruiting efforts and has helped welcome recruiting classes ranked within the top 20 nationally 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.

In addition to his coaching duties, Tyrrell is member of the Harvard Freshmen Board of Advisors, working with and advising non-swimmers each year. 

Tyrrell, who worked as a volunteer coach for the Crimson program from 2000-04 and helped Harvard to two Ivy League titles, most recently served as the head coach of the University of Virgin Islands men’s and women’s swimming teams for three seasons before returning to Cambridge.

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.