Six-Time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
Coach of Five Atlantic 10 Championship Teams
Five Atlantic 10 Championships, 74 individual A-10 champions, 52 relay champions and six A-10 Coach of the Year honors -- most recently in 2014 -- highlight Sean McNamee's impressive resume over 25 seasons as head men's swimming coach at St. Bonaventure University.
In addition, McNamee has coached to a third-place finish or better in 23 of his 25 seasons at the helm with 38 A-10 Academic All-Conference selections, eight All-Atlantic 10 Rookie performers and four A-10 Most Outstanding performers.
He has guided the Bonnies to five Atlantic 10 championships, most recently in 2014, when St. Bonaventure defended its title. The Bonnies jumped out to an almost 100-point lead over UMass after the third day of the Championship and went on to the victory.
In 2013, McNamee's team broke a string of six consecutive years of finishing as runners-up.
McNamee has mentored two of the last four Atlantic 10 Performers of the Meet: Michael Pilyugin in 2014 and Vatslav Lets in 2013.
The 2006 season was perhaps the most dramatic, thrilling season in St. Bonaventure's history. The Bonnies were able to win the Atlantic 10 Championship by a single-digit point margin with a win in the meet's final relay. The victory snapped the Bonnies' run of five straight years as A-10 runners-up -- a remarkable string of achievements in itself.
McNamee replaced his brother, Kevin, at St. Bonaventure in 1992. In his first season at Bona, his team captured the Atlantic 10 title, he earned A-10 Coach of the Year honors and qualified six Bonnies for the U.S. Senior Nationals. In 1997, McNamee's Bonnies surprised the field by finishing second at the Atlantic 10 Championships, after being picked to finish in the lower half in the preseason. McNamee's efforts earned him his second Coach of the Year award.
The 1998-99 season brought McNamee his second A-10 title and his third Coach of the Year honor. The Bonnies' competitive success under McNamee is equaled by their consistent academic achievement. In 2004-05, three St. Bonaventure swimmers, Adrian Blaszczak, Patrick Doret and Seth Johnson, were named to the Atlantic 10's Academic All-Conference Team. Junior Michael Bogacki earned honorable mention Academic All-American honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Bogacki qualified for the award by earning a 3.5 GPA or higher and posting a NCAA "B" cut time. The CSCAA has honored St. Bonaventure each of the past four years for the team's academic achievement.
McNamee graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1986. He earned his master's degree at West Virginia University while working as an assistant swim coach. In 1990, he accepted his first head coaching position at SUNY Potsdam. During his two seasons at Potsdam, McNamee qualified several of his swimmers for the NCAA Division III Championships.
McNamee resides in Olean with his wife Rosemary. They have three children -- Caitlyn, Liam and Shannon.
St. Bonaventure's Atlantic 10 Championship Finishes Under Sean McNamee:
Atlantic 10 Award Winners Under Sean McNamee:
A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year
2007 -- Chris Ekimoff
2003 -- Borut Poje
2002 -- Borut Poje
A-10 Most Outstanding Performer
2014 -- Michael Pilyugin
2013 -- Vatslav Lets
2004 -- Adrian Blaszczak
2002 -- Borut Poje
Most Outstanding Rookie Performer
2013 -- Viacheslav Shchukin
2005 -- Roman Margulis
2003 -- Adrian Blaszczak
2002 -- Seth Johnson
2000 -- Borut Poje
1997 -- George Eversmann
1996 -- Jim Kelly