Laura Dunn is in her fourth season at the helm of the Norwich University Swimming and Diving Program.
The North Pomfret, Vt., native started swimming year-round at the age of eight, when she joined the North Country Aquatic Club (NCAC). A graduate of Woodstock Union High School, Dunn was a multiple Vermont state record-holder as a swimmer for the Woodstock Recreational Department.
Dunn was a four-year varsity member of the swim team at the College of Wooster, earning recognition as an All-American 13 times during her standout career. She was a former school record-holder in the 200-yard freestyle and as a member of multiple relays.
Dunn began her coaching career at Orrville YMCA before moving on to Colby-Sawyer College a year later. As an assistant she helped guide the Charger program in its infancy from 2001-03 while simultaneously working for the North Country Aquatic Club. Dunn left her position at Colby-Sawyer after being elevated to head assistant coach for the NCAC.
While at the NCAC Dunn worked at the University of Texas at Austin swim camp in the summers of 2003 and 2004. While there she worked with some of the top swimming coaches in the country, including the most recent U.S. men’s Olympic coach.
Dunn arrived at NU in the fall of 2005 as an assistant to head coach Steve Looke. She received the NEISDA Championship “Men’s Coach of the Year” award in 2007. Dunn has been the coach for most of the team records on the men’s record board.
Michelle Patrick enters her second season as the assistant swimming and diving coach for both the men's and women's teams at NU.
She assists head coach Laura Dunn in all aspects of the Norwich swimming and diving programs and be the primary recruiter as well.
In her first season, Patrick helped Dunn guide the Cadet men to the inaugural GNAC Invitational title.
Patrick graduated from the University of Vermont in the spring of 2011 with a dual major in secondary education and social science. While at UVM, she was also a member of the Catamounts' swimming and diving team for all four years.
She was a three-time member of the America East Academic Commissioner's Honor Roll and also broke the school freshmen record as a member of the 200 medley relay team.
The Jericho, Vt. native attended Mount Mansfield High School was a member of the Green Mountain Aquatics Swim Team which she captained for two years. Over the past five summers, Patrick has coached at the youth level with her former club team, the Green Mountain Aquatics.
She lives in Barre.