Kevin Tyrrell was promoted to The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving in August 2013 after serving as assistant coach since July 15, 2009.
In 2013-14, his first as the head coach, Tyrrell led the Crimson to an outright Ivy League dual meet championship and an Ivy League Championship.
Before his elevation, Tyrrell led the Crimson's recruiting efforts and has helped welcome recruiting classes ranked within the top 20 nationally in 2010-11 and 2011-12. In his first four season's Tyrrell helped Harvard to a 31-4 dual meet record while celebrating 12 school records, eight Ivy League championships, nine All-Americans and 69 All-Ivy League selections. Additionally, the Crimson has had a selection to the Academic All-Ivy League Team each of the last three years.
Tyrrell, who worked as a volunteer coach for the Crimson program from 2000-04 and helped Harvard to two Ivy League titles, most recently served as the head coach of the University of Virgin Islands men’s and women’s swimming teams for three seasons before returning to Cambridge.
Previously, Tyrrell, who has extensive international coaching experience, was the head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team from 2005-09 and led the team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In July 2009, he served as a head coach at the FINA World Championships in Rome and worked in a similar capacity at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. At the Pan American Games in Brazil in 2007, Tyrrell coached seven swimmers to the semifinal round of the championships.
Tyrell also worked for four years as the head coach of the St. Croix Dolphins from 2005-2009. In that capacity, he worked with Misty Hyman, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 200 butterfly.
From 1995-2000, Tyrrell spent his first stint as a head coach at Bishop Fenwick High School. A year later, he began a nine-year tenure as the head coach for the YMCA of the North Shore Sharks, achieving American Swimming Coaches Association Level 5 YMCA certification. In that position, he coached the largest YMCA swim team in the country with over 480 swimmers and 220 USA Swimming members. He guided the YMCA to a 62-6 dual meet record, nine YMCA New England championships and helped the YMCA earn 32 All-America honors from 1996-2005.
A 1992 graduate of Lafayette College, Tyrrell was a two-time captain for the Leopards, leading the team to second place at the 1992 ECAC Championship. He earned a master’s degree in education from Boston University in 2002.