|College:||Connecticut '98 / Adelphi '03|
Sean Tedesco is entering his 12th season at the helm of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Since his arrival at Kings Point, Tedesco led the men’s squad to six consecutive Skyline Conference titles, as part of nine overall, and five straight Landmark Conference Championships, the later makes the Mariners the only team to win the men's crown in league history.
Tedesco has also garnered 16 Coach of the Year honors through his 12 seasons. Tedesco garnered Landmark Conference Coach of the Year honors on three occasions (men’s), the Skyline Coach of the Year Award nine times (six men’s/three women’s) and the Metropolitan Conference Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006. In 2005 and 2008, the Academy named him the recipient of the Coach Omeletchenko Coach of the Year Award.
Tedesco's men's program has been a model of consistency, reaching the NCAA Championships in 11 consecutive seasons, including nine top-30 finishes. The 2011-12 campaign ended with a first for Tedesco as Kevin Lindgren qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Overall, Tedesco has coached five NCAA DIII individual national champions. During his tenure, the Blue and Gray have made 76 standards for the NCAA Division III Championships.
After placing 30th during in Tedesco's first two years, USMMA finished 19th at the NCAA's in 2004 behind Joel Meyer, who was named National Diver of the Year. The 2005-06 team placed 21st at the NCAA Division III Championships as well as the 06-07 squad placing 25th. The 07-08 team finished in 25th while the 08-09 team placed 23rd behind Nick Halbach, who was also named National Diver of the Year. In 2009-10, the team placed 29th as Halbach claimed the individual title in both the 1m and 3m diving events.
Tedesco has coached 12 All-Americans with 30 All-American
certificates. He has also coached 28 NCAA qualifiers and seen 138
Academy records and 166 conference/pool records broken. Tedesco's
athletes also excel in the classroom with the 2001-02 and 2006-07
teams securing Academic All-America honors. Tedesco has also had
nine athletes been named Academic All-American.
Prior to his arrival at Kings Point, Tedesco served as the top assistant men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Villanova University. His responsibilities included designing, organizing, and running swim, dry land and weight training workouts for the teams while also coordinating all recruiting efforts. At Villanova, he coached one Olympian, three U.S. Olympic Trial qualifiers, two Canadian Olympic Trial qualifiers, one NCAA Champion and eight NCAA qualifiers.
Tedesco earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut in 1998, where he was a member of the men’s swimming and diving team. He earned the University Senior Athlete Award in 1998 and garnered Most Valuable Swimmer honors in 1996 and 1998. Additionally, Tedesco was a NCAA Division I qualifier, a Senior National qualifier and a Big East Champion in the 200-yard breaststroke. The Huskies were named a Big East Conference All-Academic Team in 1996 and 1997 with Tedesco on the roster. He then went on to earn a Master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University in 2003.
Tedesco still stays active in his free time. In 2006-08, 2010, and 2011 he earned Triathlete All-American honors. He also completed in the 2012 NYC Ironman as well as the 2004 Wisconsin Ironman.
Tedesco currently resides in East Meadow with his wife, Marissa and their daughters, Abigail and Amanda.
Shane McGrath is entering his second season as the Assistant Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
During his first season with the Mariners, McGrath assisted in coaching the men’s team to their 11th straight conference championship while helping Kevin Lindgren and Frank Vita qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships where they received a total of four All-American honors. The women's squad placed third at the Landmark Conference Championships in 2012, their highest finish ever.
Prior to his arrival at Kings Point, McGrath was an assistant coach at Rowan University for three seasons, where he coached two Division III NCAA Qualifiers. At Rowan, he managed meet operations, developed work-outs, and primarily coached distance swimmers, his speciality.
McGrath also served as an assistant for The Greater Philadelphia Aquatic club where he worked with junior national level athletes. Before pursuing coaching, McGrath was a distance swimmer at Rowan, serving as team captain for the 2006-2007 season. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science along with a teaching certification for grades K-12. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he is an American Heart Association C.P.R instructor, a certified open water lifeguard, and a certified pool operator. For the past 12 summers, McGrath was a Lieutenant for the Avalon Beach patrol where he won multiple lifeguard races including five SuperAthalon Titles.
McGrath is currently working towards his Master's in Sport Management at Adelphi University. He resides in Douglaston, NY.