Nancy Bigelow recently completed her 37th season as a college swimming coach, including the past 31 seasons at Tufts University.
Twice in the past five years (2009 and 2012), Bigelow has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year. In 2009, Coach Bigelow guided the Tufts women's swimming & diving team to its best-ever finish at the conference championship meet at the time as the Jumbos placed third. In 2012, her squad was second at the NESCAC Championships after the first and second days before finishing third.
The 2012-13 team's victory over Wheaton College at home on January 26 was the 200th of Coach Bigelow's tenure at Tufts. Her teams have posted a 200-80-2 record for dual meets during her 30 seasons at Tufts, an outstanding .713 winning percentage.
Coach Bigelow was also presented the Massachusetts State Lottery and Boston College Athletics "Heights Award" in January 2008. The award recognizes Massachusetts residents who have made significant contributions to women's athletics. Bigelow was honored at halftime of a Boston College vs. Wake Forest University women's basketball contest.
Bigelow has worked in women's athletics for more than 35 years as a head coach, official, and board member. During her successful Tufts career, the Jumbos captured three New England team titles and annually qualify swimmers and divers for the NCAA Championship meet. Bigelow, a three-time New England Coach of the Year winner, was named a Master and Distinguished Coach by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America in 2006.
Prior to her arrival at Tufts, Bigelow coached at Wellesley College from 1975-80 where she oversaw the women's volleyball and women's fencing teams as well. Her overall record as a swimming coach stands at 218-100-2.
She also served as an assistant women's swim coach from 1980-82 at Penn State. She is a 1975 graduate of Penn State.
Bigelow was formerly on the NCAA swimming & diving rules committee, including serving as its chair for the 2010-11 season. She is a certified college swimming official and is also a member of the College Swimming Coaches Association.
Record at Tufts: 201-86-2 (31 seasons through 2013-14)
Overall Coaching Record: 219-106-2 (31 seasons through 2012-13)