July 9, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Head coach Rick Simpson announced today the addition of Casmera Wick to the Villanova men's and women's swimming & diving coaching staff. Wick will hold the position of Assistant Swimming Coach and Aquatics Coordinator and brings to the Wildcats program a terrific coaching background.
A former All-American collegiate swimmer in her own right, Wick has extensive collegiate coaching experience and has also been involved at the USA Swimming club level.
Most recently Wick spent one year as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh, where she was involved in all aspects of a program that finished third on the men's side and fourth on the women's side at the BIG EAST Championships last season. Wick accompanied one of her athletes to the Canadian Olympic Trials in the spring of 2012 and coached that athlete to a second place finish in the men's 100 butterfly. In her time at Pittsburgh, Wick was also the Co-Head Coach of Pitt Aquatics.
Wick previously spent two years at Swarthmore, spending the 2009-10 season as an Associate Head Coach and then serving as an Interim Head Coach the next year. During the 2010-11 season Wick managed all aspects of the men's and women's program, organized team travel and ran the Swarthmore December Invitational while also teaching physical education classes.
In the club ranks Wick coached for four years as an assistant for the Central Bucks Swim Team after starting her coaching career with the Hideaway Swim Team from 2007-10.
As a collegiate student-athlete Wick was a two-time All-American at Rutgers and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Psychology, a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Criminal Justice. She was a two-time NCAA All-American and an NCAA Academic All-American for the Scarlet Knights. Wick qualified for the NCAA Championships in three of her four years at Rutgers and also won multiple BIG EAST titles. During her career she was a school record holder in eight different events, including three individual freestyle distances (50, 100, 200) and five relays. As a senior, Wick was named the Rutgers University Outstanding Athlete, an honor bestowed on just one athlete from the entire athletic department each year.
In her new role Wick will bring her experience to a Villanova program that has achieved a great deal of success in recent years and should be poised to continue competing at a high level. The Wildcats have notched consecutive top-five finishes on the women's side at the BIG EAST Championships the past two seasons and the men's team has made great strides with a steady influx of talented swimmers.