Women of Troy
Alison Swain, who built a women’s tennis dynasty at Williams College by leading the Ephs to 8 NCAA Division III team championships, was officially hired to be the USC women’s tennis head coach on June 7, 2017. She enters her third season (2019-20) as the head coach of the Women of Troy.
Through her two seasons at USC, she holds a 33-18 overall record (.647) with a 12-8 record (.600) in Pac-12 matches.
In 2019, the Trojans had a 20-8 record and went 7-3 in Pac-12 Conference play. They were selected to compete in their 36th all-time NCAA appearance where they reached the Round of 16.
During the 2019 season, Swain coached the Trojan pair of Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes who were semifinalists in the 2019 NCAA Doubles Tournament. The duo entered the tournament as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. In addition, Salma Ewing was selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Tournament where she fell in the First Round. USC finished the season ranked No. 16 in the country with two singles players and one doubles pair nationally ranked.
In 2018, USC went 13-10 and 5-5 in Pac-12 conference play. The team reached the Quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, where they fell to Arizona State. Trojan Gabby Smith was selected to compete in the 2018 NCAA Singles Tournament where she fell in the First Round. USC finished the season ranked No. 49 in the country with two singles players and one doubles pair nationally ranked.
Prior to arriving at Troy, Swain posted an .889 winning percentage (224-28) in her 10 seasons (2008-17) at Williams, including 48-2 in NCAA tournament play. She led the Ephs to 8 NCAA team championships, including in each of her first 6 seasons (an NCAA Division III record and tying Stanford for most consecutive at any level) as well as in 2015 (going 25-0) and the just-concluded 2017 campaign. In her other 2 seasons, Williams was the NCAA runnerup in 2016 and was third in 2014. She also helped Williams win 5 conference championships.
She was named the 2013 ITA National Division III Coach of the Year, was a 5-time conference Coach of the Year and twice (2010-13) was the ITA Northeast Coach of the Year. She produced 2 NCAA champion doubles teams (Juli Raventos and Linda Shin in 2015 and 2016) and a trio of NCAA singles runners-up, along with 18 All-Americans, 2 ITA National Senior Players of the Year and an ITA National Most Improved Senior of the Year.
She also was an assistant professor of physical education at Williams.
Swain was the second person in any division to win an NCAA tennis team championship as a player and a coach. She co-captained Williams’ 2001 NCAA championship squad (the first in school history). She won All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors and was named a Scholar-Athlete All-American.
After graduating from Williams in 2001 with a degree in American studies, she taught eighth grade and coached the girls’ tennis team at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga., for 3 years (2002-04), winning the region each year and getting to the state finals in 2004. She received a master’s degree in education from Washington in 2006 and then taught upper schoolers at Telluride (Colo.) Mountain School for a year (2006-07) before returning to her alma mater to take the Williams head job in the summer of 2007.
Swain is a native of Bainbridge, Wash. She is a member of the board of directors of the ITA through June of 2018. She and her mother, Sue Swain, were the nation’s top-ranked mother/daughter doubles team in 2003, winning both the National Mother/Daughter Indoor and Grass Court doubles tourneys. She has been an instructor in indoor cycling and downhill skiing, as well as a white water rafting guide.