Tammy Swearingen enters her 22nd season as head coach of the Westminster College volleyball team in 2015, including her 16th season serving as Westminster’s assistant director of athletics.
Swearingen boasts an 21-year career record of 494-278 (.640), including 15 seasons with 20 or more wins and a pair of 30-win seasons. The Titans have won three Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) titles under Swearingen since becoming eligible for the league crown in 2002.
Swearingen was named PAC Coach of the Year for three straight years from 2006-08, while guiding Westminster to back-to-back PAC titles and the school’s first two automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2007 and 2008. Swearingen became one of only 32 active NCAA Division III volleyball coaches to win her 400th career match in 2010.
Prior to joining NCAA Division III and the PAC, Swearingen led the Titans to the ECAC Division II Championship in 2001 and the NAIA’s Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference (KECC) title in 1997 and 1994. The 1997 team also won the NAIA Northeast Region tournament title and went to the NAIA national tournament for the first time.
Prior to coming to Westminster in 1992, she was head volleyball coach at Mineral Ridge (1988-90) and Columbiana (1986-88) High Schools in her native Ohio. She was head women’s swimming coach at her alma mater, Youngstown State University, from 1984-87 (producing five All-Americans) after graduating from YSU in 1983.
Swearingen currently serves on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Board of Directors as the Division III representative.
Swearingen’s Career Record at Westminster:
|2008||24-11||PAC Champion / NCAA Division III Tournament|
|2007||23-12||PAC Champion / NCAA Division III Tournament|
|2006||24-12||ECAC Division III South Region Tournament|
|2002||26-10||PAC Champion / ECAC Division III South Region Tournament|
|2001||27-8||ECAC Division II Champion|
|1997||31-8||KECC Champion / NAIA Northeast Regional Champion / NAIA National Tournament|
|Career Record (20 years)||478-263 (.645)|
Brandon Lewis enters his 19th season as an assistant coach for the Titan volleyball team in 2015.
Lewis is a 1998 graduate of Westminster where he earned a degree in mathematics. Lewis also earned a teaching degree from Thiel s degree in education from Gannon University in 2011.
Lewis currently teaches in the math department at his alma mater Farrell H. S. Lewis played collegiately as a setter at The Ohio State University and scholastically for Farrell. He also coached at Hubbard H.S. (Ohio) and works at several summer camps in the region.
Lewis and his wife, Katie, and daughter, Rogen, reside in Farrell, PA.
Matt Johann enters his second year as an assistant volleyball coach for the Titans in 2015. Johann is currently working on his master’s at Westminster.
Shannon Liposky begins her ninth year as an assistant coach for the Westminster volleyball team in 2015.
Liposky, formerly Shannon Simmons, played at Westminster before graduating in 2002 with a degree in elementary education. She then stayed on with the program for an additional year as a graduate assistant coach before finishing her master’s degree in education in 2005.
A three-year starter at right side hitter for the Titans from 1998-2001, Liposky was team MVP as a senior while leading the Titans to a 27-8 record.
She and her husband, Rob, and daughter, Claire, reside in her hometown of East Palestine, Ohio.
Bradi Rhoades enters his fifth year on the Titan volleyball staff in 2015.
Rhoades is also entering his eighth year on the track and field staff as jumps coordinator and pole vault coach. Under Rhoades, Westminster has received five All-America places for the women's pole vault team.
A Slippery Rock University graduate, Rhoades was a six-time all-conference pole vaulter from 2002-04. He most recently served as an assistant track and field coach at Wilmington High School.
A Waynesburg, Pa. native, Rhoades earned a master’s degree in secondary education and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Slippery Rock. Rhoades currently resides in New Castle with his wife Katie and daughter Lyndlea.