2018 AMCC Coach of the Year
Coach Alban is entering his third season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams.
Alban guided the Panthers to one of the program's best seasons in 2017-18, rewriting the school record book in the process.
The Panthers used 11 total school records -- six individual and five relays -- to finish as the 2017-18 AMCC Runner-Up.
At the AMCC Championships, Jared Schwab set two individual school records for first-place finishes while swimming on four record-breaking relays to earn the AMCC Newcomer of the Year nod. He was the second-highest point scorer at the event.
The event was highlighted by a gold medal in the 400-freestyle relay -- the final event at the AMCC Championships. With their overall placement still in question, freshman Ben Koss anchored a comeback performance to set a school record with a time of 3:09.14 – .02 seconds ahead of the team from Penn State-Behrend. The victory solidified the Panthers' runner-up status.
Alban also holds his swimmers to high standards of academic excellence, as the Panthers were recognized as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2017 semester.
In his first season at the helm, Alban's men's team saw school records fall in five events: 500-free (twice), 1,000-free, 200-fly, 400-free relay and 800-free relay. A pool record was also set in the 400-free relay. At the conference meet, Alban's squad earned three victories (50-free, 100-back and 200-medley relay), which helped earned the Panthers a third-place finish overall.
Prior to coaching at Pitt-Bradford, he spent five years as an assistant swimming and diving coach at the University of the South located in Sewanee, Tenn.
With the Tigers, Alban helped coach five swimmers to the NCAA Division III championships, five honorable mention All-Americans, and one All-American. During his time there, the Sewanee swim program established 19 school records, and he earned Collegeswimming.com Assistant Coach of the Year Honorable Mention recognition in 2013.
Prior to coaching at Sewanee, Alban was a graduate assistant at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., for two years, during which time the men's team broke 17 schools records and the women's team three.
In addition, Alban was previously the pool manager and head swim team coach at the Towson Country Club, coached for the North Baltimore Aquatics Club, and also at Wappingers Central School District, in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and the Big Blue Swimming Club in Beacon, N.Y.
Alban is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematical science, and Goucher, where he received his Master in Education in athletic leadership and administration.
He was a four-year Division I varsity letter winner at Loyola and a four-year ECAC qualifier. He left the Greyhounds sitting in the top five in school history in six events and having reached the finals of every MAAC Conference championship event in which he had qualified.