Lianne McCluskey joins swimming and diving staff

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WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University has hired Lianne McCluskey as its newest assistant swimming and diving coach and aquatics director.

McCluskey began her coaching career in 2015 as an assistant coach at Nitro Swimming in Austin, Texas, before taking over as the head coach of the Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish Swim Team from 2016-2018 in Rockport, Maine. For the past two years, she has been a graduate assistant swim coach at Smith College. During the summer of 2019, she was a swim coach and camp counselor at the University of Texas Longhorn Swim Camp and also completed the core curriculum of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy through WeCOACH.

"I am grateful to be a part of the Brandeis Athletic community," McCluskey said. "I am excited to work with and learn from coach Nicole Carter as her assistant and continue to foster a successful team culture. As Aquatics Director, I aim to ensure programs and services meet the Brandeis community needs. I am looking forward to developing collaborative relationships with those who enjoy our swimming facility. I have a lifelong love for swimming and water sports, so I am eager to support everyone in this environment."

Lianne was an All-American and national champion at Division III Denison University in Ohio before transferring and graduating from Division I La Salle University in Philadelphia. Lianne graduated from La Salle in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Journalism, followed by a Master of Science in Exercise & Sports Studies at Smith College in May 2020. 

In addition to her love of swimming, Lianne is a whitewater raft and kayak guide at Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Originally from Hope, Maine, she enjoys outdoor recreation sports, trail running and triathlons.