PISCATAWAY, NJ – Nearing the start of its 2004-2005 season, the Rutgers swimming and diving program has added two assistant coaches for the upcoming season. Matt Benedict and Stacy Wells recently joined head coach Chuck Warner’s staff as the Scarlet Knights prepare for another successful campaign.
“The two major ingredients that Matt and Stacy bring us are a tremendous work ethic and a strong value in the skill of swimming fast,” said Warner. “We are thrilled to have their help in moving the Rutgers swimming and diving program forward and achieving our potential.”
Benedict comes to Rutgers from Dartmouth College, where he served as a men’s assistant coach last season. He was the program’s recruiting coordinator and helped the team set nine school records and send six swimmers to USA Swimming Nationals. He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and was a four-year member of the swimming and diving team. A captain as a senior in 2002-2003, Benedict is the school record holder in the 100 fly, 400 medley and 400 free relay.
“From the first day I set foot on campus you could feel the excitement surrounding this program,” said Benedict. “With such a great facility and supportive athletic department, we have all the tools to win a BIG EAST title and be a nationally-ranked team.”
Wells joins the Rutgers staff after two seasons as an assistant at the University of Rochester, where she served as the recruiting coordinator for the women’s program, which was ranked second in the state of New York last season. Wells graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in history and earned her M.S. in Higher Education from Rochester in May. She swam collegiately at Syracuse and was a four-time BIG EAST finalist and four-time U.S. Swimming National qualifier.
“The Rutgers Swimming and Diving team is well on its way to becoming a powerhouse,” said Wells. “The talent and dedication of the team is what will allow them to fly past the competition. I look forward to working with the student-athletes and helping them achieve their goals.”
The men’s team posted a 7-1 record last season (4-0 BIG EAST) and finished
fourth at the BIG EAST Championships. The women posted an 8-1 mark (5-0 BIG
EAST) and took second at the BIG EAST meet, earning Warner and his assistants “Women’s
Coaching Staff of the Year” honors for the second time in three seasons.