Stuart Cromarty, a standout swimmer for the South African national team and captain of the Boston University swim team, enters his 11th season as the Greyhounds' head women's swimming and diving coach in 2018-19.
Cromarty has never had a losing record as a head coach at Assumption, with a 71-24 record in dual meets and a 369-220 record overall at the helm of the Assumption swimming and diving program. Since the program has been under Cromarty’s guidance, the team has progressively improved each season from seventh in his first season to capturing three consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championships in 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-2016. The team has finished as a runner-up each of the past two seasons while his teams also boast an impressive 32-3 record at home and hasn't lost in the Plourde Pool since November of 2011.
During his tenure as head coach, the team has had 22 semesters in a row of receiving the Scholar All-American Team Award. He has also coached a Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Amanda Guy), multiple NE10 Rookies of the Year, the 2013-14 Senior Athlete of the Year (Monique Haney) and two recipients of the Steve Morris Memorial Award as the Top Four-Year Student-Athlete at Assumption (Haney in 2013-14 and Victoria Weber in 2015-16). During the 2017-18 season, Cromarty has his first-ever student-athlete earn CSCAA Scholar All-America honors, in Colleen Kurtz.
Last season Assumption finished as a runner-up in the NE10 Championships for the second straight year. The Hounds did win the Gompei Invitational and the Worcester City Championships during the season. In the 2016-17 season, Assumption came up just short in its quest for a fourth straight NE10 Title, finishing in second by just ten points. Freshman Kelsey Johnstone was honored as the NE10 Rookie of the Year. Sophomore Shannon Quirk, meanwhile, won the 1650 and became the first Assumption swimmer to ever qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships.
In 2015-2016, Cromarty led the Greyhounds to their third consecutive Northeast-10 Championship. He coached the NE-10 Rookie of the year Shannon Quirk, who set three school records in the 1000 freestyle, the 500 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle. Along with their third-straight conference title, the Hounds also captured their fourth-straight victory in the Worcester City Championships and their second-straight WPI Gompei Invitational title.
In the 2014-15 season, Cromarty led the team to another NE-10 Championship while also earning his second-straight NE-10 Women's Coach of the Year honor. Cromarty coached NE-10 Swimmer of the Year Carylyn Waite, as well as NE-10 Rookie of the Year Niamh Morgan. In addition to its impressive NE-10 run, the Hounds also claimed their third-straight Worcester City Championship title in 2014-15.
During the 2013-14 season, Cromarty earned his first NE-10 Women's Swimming Coach of the Year award and led the team to its first-ever conference championship in just the program’s seventh season of existence. In a magical season for the team, Cromarty guided the program to a whirlwind of accomplishments throughout the season. The team enjoyed a 10-4 dual meet record, and along the way beat five Division I programs which included Providence College, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Bryant University and the University of Maine. The team also enjoyed a victory over nationally-ranked University of Bridgeport during the season. The team was ranked No. 21 in the country for the entire month of December, was ranked eighth in the country during the month of January, and throughout the season had multiple Northeast-10 Swimmer of the Week and Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week winners.
In 2012-13, Cromarty directed the Hounds to their first Worcester City Championship and a program-best third-place finish in the Northeast-10 Championship. Junior Monique Haney captured two Northeast-10 Championships and was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the Worcester City Championship. Overall, the team set 15 individual records and four relay records in the 2012-13 season. The team also had two winners at the UConn Open against Division I programs University of Connecticut, Bryant University, Boston College, and Central Connecticut State (Caitlin Schofield, Katherine Medeiros), four team relay records broken out of five, set 15 new individual records, and enjoyed team victories over Division I programs Siena, Iona, Providence, Holy Cross, and Sacred Heart. During the season the team received a permanent invitation to the URI Invitational, which previous to Assumption’s invitation had only included Division I programs. The team was ranked 21st in the country for the month of February.
In the 2011-12 season, the Hounds women's swimming team set nearly every school record for the second straight season. His team placed fourth in the Northeast-10 Championship, the program's best finish ever. In addition, at the NEISDA Championship, the Hounds placed third out of 22 teams.
Cromarty was a standout for Edenvale High School, Transvaal, South Africa in both swimming and water polo and captained the Transvaal state team. He represented his country in an international meet in Taiwan in 1981 however was shut out of Olympic participation in 1980 and 1984 due to government apartheid policy. He also represented his country in international lifesaving competition in Greece, Austria, Germany and the United States.
He swam and played water polo at Boston University, captaining the swim team in 1986 --the first foreign-born student-athlete to serve in that capacity. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and his Master’s Degree in Science and Ph. D. at the University of Rhode Island.
His extensive coaching resume includes the University of Rhode Island USS Age Group Team (1992-95) and the Masters Swim Program (1989-95). He coached the Pace Academy (Atlanta, GA) Masters Team (1997-00) and of late the Little Rhody USS Age Group Team (2006-present).
In addition to coaching the Swim Team, Cromarty is also a Professor at Assumption in the Natural Science Department and teaches Physiology, Anatomy, Animal Behavior, and Comparative Physiology.
Individually, Cromarty’s most notable accolade was his induction into the Rhode Island Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.