First year as head Coach: 1982
2017-2018 Season: Coach Dave Laing led the women’s swim team to an 8-1 record. Coach Laing was named Little East Conference coach of the year as he coached the Owls to a program- best second place finish at the Little East Conference Championships, where diver Monique Groux and swimmer Kelsey Johnstone each earned All-Little East honors. Laing led the Owls to the NEISDA championships where the team finished fourth out of 20 teams and set 13 school records.
2016-2017 Season: Laing coached the Owls to a 6-3 record, 2-1 in conference. He coached Tia Pariseau to a second place finish in the 100 meter breaststroke and Monique Groux took home second place honors in the 1-meter diving to help Westfield to a fourth place finish at the Little East Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Laing coached the Owls to ninth place out of the 21 teams at the NEISDA Championships. Shannon Fitzsimmons help the Owls placed ninth by breaking two individual school records; the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.40 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.5.
Career Highlights: Laing has built the women's swim team at Westfield State into a winner since the program's inception in 1982. His 36-year record is 207-116-1, and the team has had a.500 or better winning percentage in 31 of the past 32 seasons, including an all-time best of 9-1 in 2007. He has earned the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association diving coach of the year honors seven times (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 1991).
About Coach Laing: Laing recently retired as a full-time professor in the movement science department after nearly 40 years of service and remains an adjunct professor in the department. He also coached the women's tennis team for nine seasons before it was suspended as varsity sport in 1989. Laing has serve two-year terms as president and vice-president of the New England Women's Swimming and Diving Association.
Before Westfield: Laing is a 1968 graduate of South Hadley High School and attended Springfield College. At Springfield he was an All-America diver and received his degree in physical education in 1972.