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Sept. 4, 2003

The Providence College Athletic Director Robert Driscoll announced on Thursday, September 4, the appointment of Jonathan Caswell as head men's and women's swimming and diving coach and Ronald Gendron as head coach of the women's tennis program.

Caswell begins his second year with the Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving program. During the 2002-03 season, Caswell served as the Friars' assistant coach, and now replaces Michelle Gacio Harrolle, who resigned in June.

Caswell has an extensive background in the sport of swimming and diving. For the past two years, he was the head coach of the Providence Aquatic Club. In each of his two seasons as head coach, the club finished in the top 10 in New England and he coached two swimmers who captured New England individual titles. He also had one swimmer score at Junior Nationals during the summer of 2003. Caswell has helped develop three national sectional qualifiers and numerous Rhode Island State Champions.

Caswell also served as the head senior swim coach at East Bay Aquatic Club from 1998-2000. He coached and mentored 40 swimmers ages 13-22. During his tenure as the head senior swim coach, he helped guide his team to three top-10 finishes at the New England Championships and helped to develop two National Top-16 swimmers.

Prior to 1998, Caswell was the head swim coach at the Barrington YMCA in Barrington, R.I. He worked with 80 swimmers ages 6-18 and organized teams for monthly competitions throughout New England. While working at the YMCA, Caswell led one of his teams to the Rhode Island YMCA Championship. In high school, Caswell competed for East Providence High School, where he earned Rhode Island Swimmer of the Year honors in 1994. He currently resides in Cumberland, R.I.

Gendron, a 1990 graduate of Providence College, replaces Carl LeBranche as the head tennis coach at the College after sixteen seasons. LeBranche was promoted to assistant athletic director for facilities and gameday management on June 26th.

Gendron brings a wealth of experience to the program as both a player and a coach. During his time at Providence, the men's squad finished second in the BIG EAST in 1988-89 and 1989-90. Since graduating, he has taught and coached the game of tennis at several levels. Gendron has been an assistant coach at both Providence College and Bryant College as well as a developmental coach with the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.

Gendron, a native Rhode Islander, attended LaSalle Academy where he competed in tennis and won the Principal's Award for Excellence in Tennis and the Captain's Award for Excellence in Leadership. He currently resides in North Smithfield, R.I.

FOR TRANSACTIONS: Providence College appoints Jonathan Caswell as head men's and women's swimming and diving coach. Ronald Gendron named head coach of the women's tennis program.

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