Cournoyer took over the swimming program in 2000 and inherited a team that had only three combined wins in the five years prior to his arrival. The Catamounts went 0-12 in his first year, but their record has climbed steadily, increasing each year along the way.
Last season, Cournoyer led the Catamounts to a 9-5 record and a third place finish at the conference championships, which tied for their best finish at the America East Championships in program history.
Vermont finished with an 8-4 record in 2011-12, and earned a fourth place finish at the America East Championships. During the year, sophomore Claudia Etherington posted one of the top 10 fastest times in the 200 backstroke in the nation.
During the 2010-11 season, the Cats went 9-6, posting their sixth straight season of nine wins or more. The Catamounts also ended last season receiving votes in the final CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Dual Meet Poll.
During his time at Vermont, Cournoyer has also coached a handful of athletes who have made their mark on the school’s record books. The Cats have broke all 21 varsity marks and reestablished three conference records at the league championship in the last five years.
A 1990 graduate of Norwich University, Cournoyer has made quite a name for himself in collegiate swimming as one of the bright young coaches in the East. Cournoyer came to UVM in the 2000 after serving as head coach of swimming and diving at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. for four years. His combined record at Lycoming was 71-42.
In his first year at Lycoming, Cournoyer was named MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year after directing the Warriors to a school-record 13 wins in 14 dual meets as well as the program's first-ever conference title.
Prior to his stint at Lycoming, Cournoyer was head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts for two years. He led the Bridgewater men's team to an 11-0 record in his final season and an 11th-place finish in the 26-team New England Championships. His combined record at Bridgewater State was 33-14.
Cournoyer's final season at Bridgewater was highlighted by the women's team finishing 9-5 to post its first winning record in eight years. Prior to coming to Vermont, Cournoyer had posted a combined record of 104-56 in his five seasons as a head coach.
A native of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Cournoyer was a letter winner in swimming at Norwich. He was selected to the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame class of 2006 and earned his Masters in Education from UVM in 2009.