Tammy Swearingen enters her 23rd season as head coach of the Westminster College volleyball team in 2015, including her 19th 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 also the head softball coach at Columbiana from 1983 to 1988 and was the head swimming coach at Canfield High School from 1988 to 1991. 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.
Joseph Bortak begins his first year as an assistant coach for the Westminster volleyball team in 2015.
Bortak played on the Juniata College men's volleyball team where he was a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American selection, including three First Team nods.
Bortak was the first player in school history to be named on the All-Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) team all four years of undergraduate. Additionally, he was named on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Start team multiple times. As a junior, Bortak helped Juniata win the CVC Championship and advance to the NCAA Division III national championships. In the same year, Bortak ranked second nationally and led the conference with a .439 hitting percentage and ranked 20th nationally in blocks per set (1.00). Bortak was named the CVC Freshman of the Year in his first year. He currently is the program leader in total blocks with 430.
Bortak has played in multiple tournaments, including ones in Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Michigan. He has helped coach at various schools, including his Alma Mater, Penn Trafford. Bortak also worked as an event manager and statistician for the Juniata women's volleyball team.
A native of Jeannette, Pa., Bortak earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Juniata.
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. Shannon was a member of the ECAC Championship Team as well as the ECAC MVP and in the TITAN Hall of Fame.
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.