Niki Alvarez to Head New Lynn Cross Country & Swimming Teams
Lynn University Director of Athletics Dr. Kristen Migliano announced the hiring Niki Alvarez as the inaugural coach of the women’s swimming and women’s cross country teams on Tuesday.
“Lynn University is proud to announce Nikole Alvarez as our head coach for women's swimming and women's cross country,” Migliano said. “The university's ambitious plan to expand sports relies on quality leadership for both programs. In Coach Alvarez, the university welcomes a seasoned professional with competitive collegiate swimming experience, the ability to recruit talented student-athletes, and a record of successful coaching.”
Alvarez arrives at Lynn after eight years of services as Florida Atlantic University’s men’s and women’s assistant swimming coach. Alvarez has over 12 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, as success has followed her at every locale.
"I am honored to be a part of this new and exciting chapter at Lynn University as they add women's cross country and women's swimming to their roster of sports,” Alvarez said. “I look forward to coaching at Lynn and to being a part of the standard of excellence that Lynn University Athletics upholds."
In addition to Alvarez’s collegiate swimming coaching experience, she brings a plethora of knowledge to Lynn as a four-time USA Triathlon All-American from 2007-10. Alvarez volunteered as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training coach from 2006-07. She also holds a USA Triathlon Level I coaching certification.
“We welcome Coach Alvarez to our team,” Migliano said. “She joins an intercollegiate coaching staff made up of quality coaches with a commitment to teaching, mentoring, coaching and stewarding athletics and academic success. Niki's [Alvarez] collegiate coaching experience and student-centered approach to coaching are a natural fit for Lynn University.”
In 2006, Alvarez helped the Owls to an appearance at the NCAA Championships. On the women's side, FAU earned two fourth-place finishes, while a member of the men's team advanced to the `B' final of the 100-yard breaststroke. Alvarez was also the head of the men’s and women’s distance program at FAU and in 2006 became the head recruiter from both FAU swim teams.
Prior to Florida Atlantic, Alvarez held the head coaching post at Georgia Southern University from 2002-04. In the first season with Georgia Southern, the team earned a third place finish at the Southern State Championship meet. Guiding the Eagles into the Northeast Conference in 2004, she saw her team finish third at the conference championships and led the Eagles to a winning record in her two seasons at the helm of the program.
Alvarez also spent time as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State from 2000-01 as well as the head aquatic club swimming coach at Maclay School in Tallahassee.
Alvarez got her first collegiate experience at the College of Charleston where she served as an assistant coach after graduating in 1999. While attending the C of C, she was a team co-captain, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board and co-president for one year.
Alvarez has a Master’s of Science Degree in Sport Management from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology from College of Charleston.