Rebecca Westfall Added as Alabama Swimming Assistant Coach

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Alabama head coach Coley Stickels announced the addition of Rebecca Westfall to the Crimson Tide swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach. Westfall joins Stickels’ inaugural Alabama staff following two years at Pittsburgh.


“Rebecca Westfall is a tremendous addition to our staff,” Stickels said. “She has proven herself to be a great motivator and technician and she will bring a lot to the deck for the Crimson Tide.”

During her time at Pitt, the Panthers broke 29 school records and rose in the ranks of the ACC. Westfall spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach for the inaugural swimming & diving program at Indiana State.

“I’m so excited and thankful to Coach Stickels and the athletic administration for the opportunity to join the Alabama swimming and diving family,” Westfall said. “From the new world-class facilities to the amazing resources to the staff Coley has assembled, Alabama truly has all the pieces in place to continue its climb among the elite programs in the SEC and the NCAA.”

Prior to Indiana State, Westfall coached two seasons with UNC Asheville, helping the Bulldogs post program-best finishes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships in both seasons. She also coached two seasons at Warren Wilson College in Swannona, N.C. and served as interim head coach and aquatics director at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., in 2011-12.

She began her full-time coaching career at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., serving as the director of swimming and aquatics for two years. During that time, Westfall established ASC’s first women’s program and reestablished the men’s team for the first time since the 1970’s.

A biomechanics and swimming technique specialist, Westfall has published a series of articles on kinetic energy and movement through water.

A former eight-time All-American and nine-time Big 12 Conference champion at Texas A&M from 2003-07, Westfall helped the Aggies win their first Big 12 team title in 2007.

After her senior season, Westfall spent her final year in College Station as a student assistant coach for the Aggies, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management while minoring in history and business.

Rebecca Westfall and her husband James have a son, Wade.


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