Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
The 2014-15 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on the men's side, Steve Fletcher returns for his 15th season as the Rider University aquatic director in 2015-16. In his 14 years, Fletcher has led his teams to five Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles with the men (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2004), one ECAC title with the men (2005), two MAAC titles with the women (2009, 2003) and has compiled 20 MAAC runner-up finishes. He has come home with 14 MAAC Diver of the Year awards and 11 MAAC Most Outstanding Performers.
This past season, Fletcher led the Bronc men's team to their fourth straight conference championship, earning MAAC Coach of the Year honors.
Both men's and women's teams have consistantly earned national academic recognition from the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for team grade point averages over a 3.00.
In 2013-14, Fletcher was named MAAC Coach of the Year on the men's side with the team winning its third straight MAAC Championship and he was named the Rider Athletics Coach of the Year for the third time.
Fletcher led the women's team to the 2009 MAAC Championship with the men finishing runner-up with the Broncs setting 21 conference records and he was named both MAAC and ECAC Coach of the Year.
In 2009-10, both teams placed runner-up at MAACs and were third at ECACs.
In 2011-12, Fletcher earned MAAC Coach of the Year on the women's side with the team earning a runner-up finish for the third straight season and both the men's and women's teams placed fifth at ECACs.
The 2004-05 ECAC Championships Coach of the Meet, Fletcher was named both the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swim Coach of the Year and the Rider University Coach of the Year twice. "For my peers to recognize our team and myself in such a way, I am truly humbled," said Fletcher upon receiving the awards.
Thus far 23 of the 24 men's team records were set during Fletcher's tenure, while all 24 of the women's records have been set in the last 10 years.
Fletcher began his coaching career at Rider in 1992 as an assistant coach. For five years he worked with 29-year veteran head coach, Rich Coppola, and during that time the men and women captured one Metropolitan Conference (MET) Championship title and earned four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) runner-up finishes.
After leaving Rider in 1997, Fletcher served as assistant coach at Rutgers University under accomplished head coach Chuck Warner, the former Pan American Team, World University Games and National Junior Team coach. At Rutgers, Fletcher assisted in the training of Junior and Senior National level athletes as well as Big East Conference Champions while supporting the recruitment efforts that would help Coach Warner and the Scarlet Knights regain their national reputation as a championship program.
After Rutgers, Fletcher became the head coach at Franklin & Marshall and led the Diplomats through a dramatic rise to become a power in both the Centennial Conference and Mid-Atlantic region. During Fletcher's tenure at F&M, his swimmers claimed four NCAA All-American awards.
Most importantly, Fletcher's program is highlighted by a coaching philosophy that places a premium on a student-athlete's development. Under Fletcher's direction at Rider, it is the coaching staff's goal to push those athletes who exhibit the will to train and desire to compete and continue to improve throughout their four years of collegiate swimming and diving.
A 1992 graduate of Lafayette College where he earned a bachelor's degree in Government and Law, Fletcher was a four year member of the Lafayette men's swim team. He remains a school record holder at his alma mater and finished his career with performances that contributed to his earning the T. Gordon Yates award as the Leopard's Most Improved Swimmer and supported Lafayette's highest men's team finish in the Patriot League Championships in 1992.
Fletcher added a master's degree in Human Services Administration from Rider University in 1995.