Now in his 36th year of servicing the Marist College aquatics program, Larry VanWagner's accomplishments speak for themselves.
The ranking tenured coach on the Marist campus, VanWagner came to the Poughkeepsie campus in 1976, just prior to the completion (1977) of the James J. McCann Recreation Center, which houses the school's natatorium. Under his direction, Marist College elevated its swimming & diving program to the varsity level in 1978 and, in 33 seasons, has risen to the top of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The largest conference in the country, the ECAC includes 80 Division I members. Coach VanWagner's men's squad has captured 14 conference championships including the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in the school's first ten years of competition in the league and most recently the 2008 MAAC title. The Marist women's squad has captured 16 conference championships: 12 MAAC, 2 Metro and 2 ECAC. In addition, the Red Foxes have had 41 individual Metropolitan Conference Champions and 141 individual MAAC Champions.
Individually, VanWagner was named ECAC Coach of the Meet honors in 2006 and 2007, and MAAC Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
During his undergraduate studies at Springfield College, where he graduated with a B.S. and a M.P.E. in physical education and athletic administration, VanWagner swam under the legendary Charles "Red" Silvia. While a member of the varsity team, VanWagner captained the Chiefs to a New England Championship while earning All-American honors in 1974.
Dedicated to the teaching and promotion of the sport of swimming, VanWagner also serves as the Director and Head Coach of the Marist Swim Club, a USS program which has achieved national recognition and placed dozens of high school graduates into Division I universities. In its 34-year history, the program has produced numerous champions including: 11 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers, six world-ranked swimmers, six Junior National Champions, 96 ESG Champions, 2 US National Junior Team members, 16 US National Championship qualifiers and over 148 Metropolitan JO Champions.
A Hyde Park native, VanWagner presently resides in Lagrangeville, N.Y. with his wife Ginny.