Head Coach of Men's/Women's Swimming
Steve Kuster was a two-time All-American at the University of
Pennsylvania (where he still holds four varsity records). In
1992, he was a consolation finalist in the 200-meter butterfly at
the US Olympic Trials. After graduating in 1993, he was
selected to the United States National Team and represented the
country at the World University Games.
Prior to his appointment at Williams, Kuster spent three years as the men’s assistant coach at Harvard University. There he helped lead the Crimson to three Ivy League titles and an 11th place finish at the 1998 NCAAs. Kuster also received a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University.
Kuster and his wife Kim reside in Williamstown with their two young sons, Cole and Tate.
This will be Kuster's 13th season at Williams.
Lindsay Payne – 2004 & 2008 (7th place finish in 100 breast)
Caroline Wilson - 2012
Paul Dyrkacz -- 2012
Will Cunningham ‘06, Norman Scott ‘09, Gary Roberson ’11, Ben Wampler ‘12
Paul Dyrkacz ’13, Lindsay Payne ’06, Amanda Nicholson ’09,
Logan Todhunter ’12, Caroline Wilson ‘13
Will Cunningham ’06 (100 bk), Amanda Nicholson ’09 (400 IM),
Lindsay Payne (current 100/200 brst) Caroline Wilson ‘13 (current 400 IM/1650 Fr),
Logan Todhunter ‘12 (current 100/200 Fly)
|2001||-- Meredith Olsen (1)|
|2002||-- Lindsay Payne (1) & Rachel Gealy (1)|
|2003||-- LindsayPayne (1) & Caroline Crocker
|2004||-- Will Cunningham (1)|
|2005||-- 200/400 MR women Lindsay Payne (3) & Will Cunningham (1)|
|2006||-- 400 FR/400 MR women, Lindsay Payne (3) & Will Cunningham (1)|
|2007||-- Norman Scott (1)|
|2008||-- Amanda Nicholson (1)|
|2009||-- Logan Todhunter (2)|
|2010||-- Logan Todhunter (3) & Caroline Wilson (3)|
|2011||-- L. Todhunter (3), C. Wilson (2), Gary Roberson (1), Paul Dyrkacz (2)|
Honda Inspiration Award Winner – Lindsay Payne – 2006
Fulbright Scholarship recipient – Robin Kim – 2006
NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship – Stephen Spinelli – 2007
More than 50 CSCA Scholar All-Americans
CSCA Team Scholar
All-American Award – 12 years
Spring ’11 Team gpa: women 3.41, men 3.35
Men’s or Women’s NESCAC Coach of the year 9 out of last 11 years
3 time NCAA Women’s coach of the year
Assistant men's/Women's Swimming Coach
Dave Polen has been with the Williams program for eight
Polen gradated from Potsdam [NY] College was raised in Pittsford, NY, where he received a BS in Mathematics.
Polen was a 3-year letter winner and swam on two SUNYAC Championship Teams at Potsdam.
As the coach of the Bennington Marauders he developed several New England Champions across several age groups including one with a national top 16 time.
Raised n Pittsford, NY, Polen currently resides in Bennington, VT and teaches math at Mount Anthony Union High School.
His son Jon (12) can be seen around the pool when he is not playing football, hockey or baseball.
Men's/Women's Diving Coach
Kit Callahan Koch has been at Williams since 1992.
Koch has been named the National Women's Division III Coach of the Year three and NESCAC Diving Coach of the Year five times.
Four of Koch's Eph divers have won NCAA titles, including Rachel Gealy '04 who won the 1-meter event was named NCAA Diver of the Meet.
When Kit Callahan Koch began at Williams there was one women's diver and no men's divers on campus. She has elevated the Williams diving program to national recognition producing 36 All-Americans and four NCAA champions.
A 1986 graduate of the University of Maine, Koch earned All-America honors on the three-meter board and Honorable Mention All-America honors in both the one- and three-meter competitions.
Assistant Coach, Swimming & Diving
Nick Stone graduated from Hope College in 2010 with a bachelor of the arts degree in Psychology. He competed at the collegiate level all four years at Hope, where he was a NCAA qualifier and a part of three times Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship squads.
After Hope, Nick went on to Ithaca College where he earned his Masters of Science in Exercise and Sports studies with a concentration in Sport Psychology.
While at Ithaca Nick was the assistant coach to both the
men’s and women’s teams. In 2012, Nick help lead the
Ithaca men to their first NCAA appearance since 2006, where they
finished with four All-Americans and a 31st place finish. Nick is
very excited to be apart the Williams College Coaching Staff.