The 2017-2018 season marks the 14th year for Paul Bennett as the head men and women's swimming and diving coach at WPI. During his tenure, Bennett has elevated the programs to new heights. Both the men and the women have enjoyed success at the conference, regional and national levels.
Bennett has coached a six-time All-American (Joel Rousseau), an NCAA participant (Jeff Meyer) and a trio of NCAA quailfiers (Morgan Guardino, Andrew Lybarger and Mason Ruffing). In addition, both his men's and women's teams have improved within the NEWMAC. The men have also captured five of the last seven Worcester City Meets, which includes Division I Holy Cross.
Since 2001, Bennett has been the head coach and assistant aquatics director of the North Andover YMCA Swim Club in North Andover, Massachusetts. While there, he was responsible for all operations for the joint YMCA/USA Competitive Swim Team. His squad was 2004 East Field Regional Champions, while developing 26 YMCA National Championship qualifiers, 6 YMCA All-Americans, and 2 USA Swimming Academic All-Americans. In addition, his women's team won the 2004 Eastern Mass. District Championships. His combined team was runner-up in the same championships in both 2003 and 2004.
From 1996 through 2001, Bennett was head coach of the Laramie (WY) Swim Club, where his teams won both summer and winter championships four years in a row (1998 to 2001). In recognition of this success, Bennett was named the 2001 American Swim Coaches National Association Age Group Coach of the Year, as well as Wyoming Coaches Association Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2001.
Also from 1999 through 2001, he was an assistant coach at Laramie High School, where his teams won two Wyoming 4A State Titles (one men's and one women's). While there, he coached five All-Americans and six academic All-Americans.
Bennett is a graduate of the University of Wyoming in Laramie with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies Education in 2001.