Suffer losses to George Washington, Mercyhurst, Harvard and Princeton to fall to 0-7 on the season
`Cats Look to Improve
Franco Pacheco completed his first year as an assistant coach in 2012 after assisting head coach Damon Newman to an 8-20 overall record and a MAAC tournament appearance, which hasn't been accomplished since the 2007 season.
Pacheco served to be an invaluable asset in helping the team grow and develop over the course of the season. He introduced and implemented various dry-land training techniques to increase strength, power, flexibility and coordination of the student-athletes.
During his time at Monterey High School in California, Pacheco was named team captain for two years and garnered all-league accolades in three of his four years as a member of the water polo team. He played for the Adirondack Water Polo Club for all four years, while attending The College of Saint Rose (N.Y.). Pacheco also spent a significant amount of time playing for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Club Team.
He is also in his first season as an assistant coach at Villanova for the men's swimming team and specializes in the distance freestyle events while contributing to the team's dry land workouts. Pacheco also heads the Wildcats scouting and statistics efforts and handles the reporting of all results to the BIG EAST Conference.
Before coming to Villanova, Pacheco was enlisted in the United States Army and was primarily stationed at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. He received an honorable discharge in August, 2011.
As an undergraduate swimmer at The College of Saint Rose, Pacheco was a four-year member of the swim team and a two-year captain for the Golden Knights. During his career Pacheco earned all-conference honors from both the Northeast-10 and the Metropolitan Conference.
Pacheco graduated from Saint Rose in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Communications and an emphasis in Journalism. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education from Saint Joseph's College (Maine) while also studying Educational Psychology and being certified at Chaminade University in Honolulu.
Pacheco resides in Bryn Mawr, Pa.