Coaches' Bios

Tammy Swearingen

Head Coach

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:

2012 22-11  
2011 20-12  
2010 18-14  
2009 13-23  
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
2005 19-16  
2004 20-13 PAC Runner-Up
2003 12-21 PAC Runner-Up
2002 26-10 PAC Champion / ECAC Division III South Region Tournament
2001 27-8 ECAC Division II Champion
2000 27-7  
1999 15-20  
1998 11-15  
1997 31-8 KECC Champion / NAIA Northeast Regional Champion / NAIA National Tournament
1996 28-14 KECC Runner-Up
1995 28-13 KECC Runner-Up
1994 36-7 KECC Champion
1993 28-7 KECC Runner-Up
Career Record (19 years) 410-231 (.639)  

Brandon Lewis

Assistant Coach

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Brandon Lewis enters his 17th season as an assistant coach in 2013. Lewis, who played scholastically at Farrell High and collegiately at Ohio State University, has coached at Hubbard (Ohio) High School as well as at several summer camps in the region.

Lewis and his wife, Katie, and daughter, Rogen, reside in Farrell. He is a teacher in the Farrell School District.

Justine Elliott

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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.