Scott Vanderzell is entering his fifth 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, and comes 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 two-years at the helm as the women's team earned five wins in dual-meets in 2008 and the men's team earned five dual-meet victories in 2009. Vanderzell also helped lead the men's side to their first victory over rival Niagara University for the first time in more than 20 years, in 2009.
Vanderzell brings 10- years of college coaching and 20 years of age-group coaching experience to Canisius. A 1995 graduate of Buffalo State College, he was the interim head women's swimming coach at the University at Buffalo for the 2005-06 season and served as UB's assistant men's coach during the 2006-07 campaign. During his time at Buffalo, which also included a stint as the women's assistant coach from 2000-05, Vanderzell recruited a number of high-level student-athletes and coached the 2003 and 2005 MAC Swimmer of the Year. He helped lead a number of swimmers that went onto United States, Canadian and other International and Olympic trial qualifiers. Vanderzell also served as the aquatic director at Buffalo, where he oversaw all pool operations.
Since 1995, Vanderzell has been the head coach for the Tonawanda Titans in Kenmore, N.Y. During his tenure with the Titans, he has helped form the group into one of the premier swim clubs in New York State, illustrated by the fact that 20 of the club's members qualified for the Zone Championships during the summer of 2008. Those 20 swimmers accounted for half of the Eastern zone team. Vanderzell and his wife Sherri have four children; Taylor, Zachary, Kyle, and Kayleigh.