When Tammy Swearingen won her 400th career match as the head coach of the Westminster College volleyball team in 2010 she became one of only 32 active NCAA Division III volleyball coaches to reach the milestone. Swearingen enters her 21st season as head coach in 2013 including her 14th season serving as Westminster’s assistant director of athletics.
Swearingen boasts an 20-year career record of 452-254 (.640) including 14 seasons with 20 or more wins and a pair of 30-win seasons.
Swearingen was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (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. The Titans won three PAC titles under Swearingen since becoming eligible for the league crown in 2002.
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’s Career Record at Westminster:
Jayme Thiem enters her third year as an assistant coach for the Westminster women’s basketball team in 2013-14.
A native of Cold Spring, Ky., Thiem spent two years as an assistant coach at Thomas More College, where she was a two-year All-American before graduating in December 2009.
Justine Elliott begins her second year as an assistant coach in 2013.
Elliott played middle blocker at the University of New Hampshire, an NCAA Division I school. She earned a full NCAA athletic scholarship and graduated in 2011 with a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish. A two-time team captain, Elliott competed in two American East Conference Championships and was also tabbed on the all-tournament team in 2009.
A three-year starter at middle blocker for the Wildcats from 2007-2011, Elliott led the team in blocks three-straight years. Her career-best 96 blocks during her sophomore season stands 10th all-time in school history. Elliott also was the recipient of the Ed Jentes Coaches’ Award and was named to the conference honor roll during her career.
A Mitchellville, Md. native, Elliot is currently working on her master’s at Westminster.
Shannon Liposky begins her seventh year as an assistant coach in 2013.
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 second year on the Titan volleyball staff in 2013.
Rhoades is also entering his seventh year on the track and field staff as jumps coordinator and pole vault coach. 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.