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Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
Head Coach
Scott Vanderzell is entering his ninth season as the head coach for the Canisius College men and women's swimming and diving programs. Vanderzell was named the head coach on Sept. 18, 2008, coming to the College after serving as the aquatic director at the University at Buffalo since 2000.

Vanderzell has helped continually improve the Canisius College swimming and diving program in his seven-years at the helm. In 2014-15, the women's program recorded its best finish in program history at the MAAC Championship, placing second and recording 528 points, which was also a program record. The strong showing by the Griffs led to Vanderzell being named the MAAC 2014-15 Women's Coach of the Year.    FULL BIO
Scott Vanderzell
 
Tim Bennett
Assistant Coach
Tim Bennett has been coaching with the Town of Tonawanda Titans since the summer of 1995. He is a Buffalo State College and University of Buffalo graduate. Swimming for Buffalo State, he set school records in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events. He spent one year as an assistant coach at each of his Alma Maters.    FULL BIO
Kelli Graber
Assistant Coach
Kelli Graber will be joining the Canisius Swimming and Diving coaching staff this year as she enters her first year as a Graduate Assistant with the program. Graber, an Orchard Park native, recently graduated from Canisius where she received her Bachelor's of Science in Health and Physical Education.    FULL BIO
Jake Kohler
Assistant Coach
A four year letter winner for the Griffs, Jake Kohler joins the Canisius staff as a graduate assistant after completing his undergraduate degree this past spring in economics. Kohler, swam for the Griffs from 2012 to 2016 in the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, as well as the 200 and 400 yard individual medley. The South Dayon, N.Y. native will be pursuing a master's degree in accounting at Canisius.   FULL BIO
Stephen Pochatko
Assistant Coach
North Tonawanda native Stephen Pochatko will enter his second year as an assistant coach for the Golden Griffins Swimming and Diving team. Pochatko, a 2012 graduate from Canisius, was a swimmer for the Griffs from 2008-2012, breaking multiple school records during that time. Stephen was also a MAAC Champion in the 100-yard backstroke during his senior season (2012).   FULL BIO
Mike Szyprowski
Assistant Coach
Mike Szyprowski enters his sixth year as the assistant swimming coach at Canisius College. Before assisting at Canisius, he coached with the Town of Tonawanda Titans. He currently continues to serve as the assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach for the Titans.    FULL BIO
Ian O'Rourke
Diving Coach
Ian O'Rourke returns to Canisius as the team's diving coach after serving in the same capacity from 2012-14.   FULL BIO