BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Bridgewater State University Director of Athletics, John Harper, announced today that Michael Caruso has been named as the Bears’ new Director of Aquatics as well as the head coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs.
Caruso is a 2002 graduate of Bridgewater State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. He also received a Master of Science of degree in Sports Management from Indiana State University in 2004.
Mike captained the Bridgewater State men’s swimming and diving team both his junior and senior seasons and was selected as the Bridgewater State Lee Harrington Unsung Hero Award winner for the 2000-2001 academic year.
“We are especially lucky to have Mike Caruso back with us,” noted Harper. “He was an outstanding leader for us as a student-athlete and I know he will be an absolutely fantastic leader for our swimmers and divers.”
Prior to returning to BSU, Mike spent six seasons from 2002 to 2008 as the head swimming and diving coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and three years as the head swimming coach in the Town of Concord (Massachusetts) recreation program (Concord Otters).
While at Rose-Hulman, Mike coached two Division III All-Americans and two honorable mention All-Americans. One of his swimmers, Matt Smith, won the national championship in the 100 breaststroke during the 2002-2003 season. In each of his six seasons with the Fightin’ Engineers, Mike had at least one student-athlete provisionally qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships. He was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Men’s Swim Coach of the Year for the 2007-2008 campaign.
Coach Caruso is a level four certified coach by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). In 2003, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the ASCA for his outstanding coaching performance at Rose-Hulman.
Mike presently resides in Weymouth, Massachusetts with his wife, Shannon.