Andy Bashor, UB's all-time winningest head coach, is now in his 13th season with the Bulls, serving as women’s head coach since 2006. Since his hiring, the Bulls have re-written the record books, setting more than 30 new records over the past five seasons.
The 2016 campaign was one to remember for the UB women's swimming team as they were able to collect 10 new school records while also recording their highest finish at the MAC Championship in program history as they finished third. The Bulls also earned a program record 573.5 points.
The Bulls had a bunch of solid performances at the 2016 MAC Championships led by junior Megan Burns who earned two MAC titles, two school records and was named MAC Most Outstanding Swimmer while also qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season in the 100 meter freestyle. Burns led a group of six Bulls to All-MAC acccolades at the MAC Championships as she was joined by Julia Box, Sarah Baxter, Brittney Walters, Abbey Croce and Hannah Miller.
Following the successful 2016 campaign, the Bulls saw a program record seven swimmers qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Bashor was also the men’s swimming and diving head coach from 2007-16.
In 2011, the men’s swimming and diving team captured its first Mid-American Conference Championship title and in the process, Bashor earned his third consecutive MAC Coach of the Year title. He won the women’s award in 2009 and the men’s recognition in 2010 and 2011.
The 2011 men’s team was by far his greatest achievement at the University at Buffalo. The Bulls became the first team other than perennial powers Eastern Michigan and Miami (OH) to claim the team title since 1979. In the meet, held in Carbondale, IL, the Bulls swept all five relay races, setting school records in each. All told, UB set 13 school records at the three-day meet and eight of his athletes earned All-Mid-American Conference honors.
Bashor has also guided his swimmers to individual success, highlighted by Brittney Kuras becoming the first UB swimmer to compete at the NCAA Division I National Championships in 2012. In the summer of 2012, seven of his swimmers competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, the precursor to the London Olympic games.
In 2013, the Bulls had two women's swimmers compete in the NCAA Championships as Mallory Morell and Brittney Kuras both advanced to Indianapolis. Morrell became the first UB women's swimmer to reach the evening session of the NCAA Championships where she eventually finished fifth in the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle and earned All-America honors.
His Bulls squads have been consistent, not just in the water, but in the classroom, as both the men’s and women’s teams have earned recognition to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s team scholar All-American lists.
Bashor arrived in Buffalo from Rutgers University where he spent four seasons as the head assistant swim coach for both the men’s and women’s programs. Bashor, who coached the sprinters and was the recruiting coordinator, helped lead the Scarlet Knights’ women’s swim team to one of its most successful campaigns in 2006 as the team finished second in the Big East Conference and qualified seven swimmers for the Women’s NCAA Championships. Rutgers was ranked 13th in the final CSCAA women’s swimming rankings and finished in 18th place at the 2006 NCAA Championships. While at Rutgers, Bashor was also part of a three-time women’s swimming and diving coaching staff of the year in the Big East.
Prior to being hired at Rutgers, Bashor spent four seasons as the head assistant swim coach at University of California at Santa Barbara. He coached sprinters and breaststrokers in addition to serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator and the team’s strength coach. During his four seasons at UC-Santa Barbara, the men’s team won three Big West Conference titles, while the women won one Big West title.
Bashor is no stranger to the Mid-American Conference as he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant swim coach at Ohio University where he received his master’s degree in Athletic Administration in 1998.
Bashor had a successful career as a collegiate swimmer as a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina State University. Specializing in sprint free and butterfly, Bashor was a team captain during his senior season and received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996.
Bashor currently resides in North Tonawanda, NY with his wife Brandi and their three children, Allie, Bobby and Colby.