Hartford, Conn., June 17, 2014 –Trinity College Director of Athletics Michael Renwick has announced the hiring of Carlos Vega (Strongsville, Ohio) as its new head men's and women's swimming and diving coach. Vega comes to Trinity after several successful years as an assistant coach at Amherst College, Kalamazoo College, and, most recently, Wellesley College. As an assistant at Wellesley, Vega played a major role in the resurgence of the Blue program over the last four years. He is a 2003 graduate of perennial swimming powerhouse Kenyon College, where he was a 19-time all-conference selection, conference swimmer of the year twice, and an 11-time All-American honoree, and won five NCAA titles. He will also be an assistant professor in the Trinity athletic department.
“I am extremely pleased to be announcing the hiring of Carlos Vega to lead our swimming and diving program,” said Renwick. “Carlos was extremely impressive throughout the search process and I look forward to working with him on rebuilding our program."
Vega owns a bachelor's degree in economics from his alma mater and added a master's degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Amherst, helping the Lord Jeffs produce five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champions, three NCAA Qualifiers, and an NCAA Champion swimmer in 2003-04. Vega helped revitalize the Kalamazoo program as an assistant coach from 2004 to 2006, recruiting and coaching eight conference champions and nine NCAA Qualifiers for the Hornets, before working from 2006 to 2009 at IMG Golf in a variety of roles.
In the summer of 2010, Vega returned to the pool deck at Wellesley, and has helped guide that team to third-place finishes in the last three New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships. Wellesley produced NCAA Championship Qualifiers in 2012 and 2013 and had seven NCAA “B” cut individuals in 2013-14. Vega served as the team’s recruiting coordinator at Wellesley and had an additional responsibility as the College's coordinator of athletic operations.
“I am honored and excited to join the Trinity College community and be its next head men's and women's swimming and diving coach! The academic and athletic reputation of the College and its inclusion in the NESCAC makes Trinity a destination for talented student-athletes and I am very eager to get to work,” said Vega. “Being a member of the Trinity College Swimming and Diving program is both an honor and a privilege. The future of Trinity Swimming and Diving is very bright and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Trinity swimming and diving finished with a 7-5 record in both the men’s and women’s dual-meet seasons in 2013-14 and each squad placed 11th in last winter's NESCAC Championship Meet. Kristen Noone coached the Bantam programs for 13 seasons, before stepping down last fall to concentrate on additional administrative duties in the Trinity athletic department, and Brenda Straker coached the team on an interim basis during the 2013-14 campaign.