Former NCAA All-American swimmer Rebecca Westfall is in her second season as an assistant swimming coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
In her first season on staff, Westfall helped the youthful Panthers progress significantly during the 2017-18 campaign. Pitt swimmers combined to set 20 school records—with the men posting seven all-time Pitt marks and the women besting 13 Panther records, including all five women’s relay records.
Another highlight of Westfall’s first season with the Panthers was the team success of the Pitt women’s swimming & diving team, which set a program record with a 14-dual meet winning streak to close the regular season and also sent swimmers Lina Rathsack and Amanda Richey to the NCAA Championships.
A former eight-time NCAA All-American and nine-time Big 12 Conference champion swimmer at Texas A&M from 2003-2007, Westfall previously spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach for the inaugural swimming & diving program at Indiana State.
Prior to that, Westfall coached two seasons with UNC Asheville, helping the Bulldogs post program-best finishes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships in both seasons.
Westfall also coached two seasons (2012-14) at Warren Wilson College in Swannona, N.C. and served as interim head coach and aquatics director at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., in 2011-12.
She began her full-time coaching career at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., serving as the director of swimming and aquatics for two years. During that time, Westfall established the first-ever women's program in school history and reintroduced the men's team for the first time since the 1970's.
Westfall is also a biomechanics and swimming technique specialist, having had a series of articles on kinetic energy and movement through water published on popular swimming website SwimSwam.com.
Going by her maiden name of Sturdy, Westfall had an incredible collegiate swimming career of her own while at Texas A&M. As a freshman in 2003-04, she won the Big 12 title in the 100 and 200 back and also anchored the Aggies' first-ever conference relay wins in the 400 free and 800 free.
After injury-plagued sophomore and junior campaigns, her persistence paid off with a fantastic senior season in 2006-07. That year, she won the 100 fly, placed second in the 50 free and was a member of the winning 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relays at the Big 12 Championships, helping Texas A&M win its first Big 12 team title.
Westfall spent one more year in College Station, Texas, serving as a student assistant coach, working with Aggies' future Olympians from the United States, Canada, Jamaica and Estonia.
Rebecca is married to her husband, James. The couple recently welcomed a baby boy, Wade, and are the proud owners of a yellow lab, Hoss.