|Title:||Aquatics Center Director|
|College:||Ohio Wesleyan '93|
Serving as the aquatics director for the Michael P. O'Brien ARC Aquatics Center, Andre Barbins is halfway through his second decade as Barbins commences his 15th season at the helm of the Seahawk men's and women's swimming programs in 2012-13. In his 14 years, he has amassed a combined record of 137-124-1 (88-89-1 CAC).
Barbins enjoyed his most successful season as the head women's swimming coach in 2011-12. The Seahawk women posted program-bests of 14 dual-meet victories and six conference wins as St. Mary's finished the season with a 14-1 (6-0 CAC) record. The women's undefeated mark in conference action granted St. Mary's first CAC regular-season title and included the Seahawks' first-ever win over the University of Mary Washington to snap a 21-meet losing streak.
He was tapped as the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Swimming Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, having also received the honor in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The Seahawks finished second at the CAC Championships for the fifth consecutive season while Barbins coached his fourth CAC Women's Rookie of the Year in Brooke Raab '15.
The 2011-12 campaign was the most successful for the men in his 14-year tenure as the Seahawks notched the most wins in program history with a 12-3 (5-1 CAC) record, opening the season with eight consecutive dual meet victories. St. Mary's finished with a share of the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title with its 5-1 mark in conference action.
He was selected as the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Swimming Coach of the Year after guiding the men to their third consecutive third-place finish and mentoring the CAC Rookie of the Year in Cameron Hedquist '13.
Thirty-six (36) Seahawk men's swimming records have been broken since his arrival in 1998. The women have set 55 school records, including establishing 16 of 19 possible team records during the 2008-09 season, while seven Seahawk women have qualified for 10 NCAA Division III Championships, starting in 1992 with Paula Stamnos Goodwin '94.
The Seahawk swimmers have also excelled out of the pool as the men have been tabbed as a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic Team six times during Barbins' tenure, most recently for the 2010-11 academic year. The Seahawk women have also excelled out of the pool as they have been tabbed as a CSCAA All-Academic Team during all 15 years of Barbins' tenure.
A 1993 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, he was a four-year letterwinner and team captain for the Battling Bishops. After leaving OWU, Barbins spent one season as the head coach at Regina H.S. in Euclid, Ohio, and one season as an assistant coach at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
He left Ohio for Washington (Md.) College in Chestertown where he earned a master's degree in psychology while serving as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons. After his stint at Washington, Barbins spent a year and a half as an assistant coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
A Cleveland native, he currently makes his home in Solomons with his wife, the former Sharon Eliassen, and their daughter, Anya.