Maurice Stewart returns for his 9th season as the head coach of the women's swimming team at Butler.
The future of the Butler women's swimming team has become increasingly bright as the Head Coach, Maurice Stewart rebuilds a culture and attitude of success into the women's swim team. Coach Stewart, who enters his 9th season, is reshaping the swim team dynamic and team cohesiveness with a very young and talented squad of freshmen and sophomores. This foundational class of student-athletes has already achieved success earning three regular season wins which is the most since 2007, and six athletes enter the All-Time Top 10 performance list in 14 different events compared to five in the 2009-2010 season. This year, and future accomplishments will lead the way to excite and persuade future prospects to attend Butler University which will create a winning tradition that Butler Swimming can and will achieve!
Since directing the women's program in 2007-08, the team has made steady progress in both the classroom and pool. The Bulldogs have tallied multiple performances that rank among the top-10 marks in school history along with several school records. Most noteworthy, the team defeated Valparaiso at the 2010 Horizon League Championship meet, which is the first time Butler has defeated a conference team at the championship meet in over 8 years.
The program has also thrived in the classroom as swimmers such as Sarah Lynne Gates, Katie Krueger, Momo Wilson, Megan Wesler, Elizabeth Shafer and many more have been named to the All-Horizon League Academic team. Moreover, the squad has been recognized as an "Academic All-American Team" by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America achieving a 3.25 or higher team GPA every semester that Coach Stewart has been at the helm.
Coach Stewart has extensive collegiate and USA Swimming club experience prior to arriving at Butler. He served as an assistant coach at Auburn for two seasons under Head Coach David Marsh. During that time, the Tigers won the men's NCAA Championships in both 2004 & 2005, while the women's team won the national championship title in 2004. Prior to arriving at Auburn, Stewart was the Head Coach at the Sugar Creek Swim Club in St. Louis, Mo for four years, where he coached several sectional and Junior National level athletes.