Former Rowan University Head Coach Tony Lisa Passes Away

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Tony Lisa, former head coach at Rowan University, recently passed away according to a Facebook announcement on the university’s swimming & diving page.


Lisa served as the head coach for Rowan University for an impressive 35 years, collecting a combined win-loss record of 469-155-1 and 75.1 winning percentage.

Under his tutelage, the women’s team at Rowan University captured nine consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference titles from 1991-1999, was named NJAC Women’s Coach of the Year consecutively from 1994-1997, and was named Women’s Coach of the Year at the 1998 Metropolitan Championships.

Lisa had several swimmers qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, including Teri Hatcher, Craig Naylor, and Christine Raleigh. 

He served as president of the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) from 1998-2001 and was also a member of the board of directors. In 2003, he was awarded the Richard E. Steadman award from the CSCAA, which is awarded annually to a coach who has done the most to spread joy and happiness within the sports of swimming and diving.

No service arrangements have been announced at this time.