T.J. Natal named interim head coach for 2012-13 season after serving as an assistant the last two years
Green Wave claim academic honor for spring semester after posting a cumulative 3.520 GPA
Green Wave signing class marks the first time the program will field a four-year team since 1990
Six Green Wave individuals post personal-best times as team posts 195.5 points for the meet
Green Wave finishes third in 200 free relay, holds steady in sixth place with one day to go
Lena Guarriello begins her fourth season as the head women's swimming & diving coach for the Tulane Green Wave in 2012-13. Guarriello, who was named head coach on June 19, 2008, is in her second stint as a member of the Tulane coaching staff. Previously, she served as an assistant coach for the Green Wave from 2004-06.
Under Guarriello, 33, Tulane school records have been broken/re-broken in eight events and her squads have combined for 156 lifetime best performances, one mid-major All-American, three NCAA Provisional qualifiers and one Conference USA Freshman Diver of the Year and C-USA Newcomer of the Year. Out of the pool, her teams have ranked among the nation's best academically in each of the last three seasons.
Last season under Guarriello, Tulane placed sixth at the C-USA Championships and combined for 41 lifetime-best performances and 328 season best efforts, while Kayla Alf-Huynh was named the C-USA Swimmer of the Week.
In her second campaign of 2010-11, the Green Wave posted a fifth-place finish at the C-USA Championships, posted 61 lifetime-best times, achieved 335 season-best performances and two swimmers produced NCAA Provisional qualifying times, while Alf-Huynh garnered C-USA Swimmer of the Week honors and Sadie Eicher was named the C-USA Freshman Diver of the Year.
During her rookie season in 2009-10, Tulane finished fifth at the C-USA Championships, registered 54 lifetime-best performances, logged 252 season-best efforts and one NCAA Provisional qualifying time, and Kylie Kastes was selected as the C-USA Newcomer of the Year.
Guarriello is just the second head coach in the brief history of the TU women's swimming & diving program (2003-06). The former Lena Darnell was the top assistant coach for the Tulane swimming and diving program and helped TU to the Conference USA title during her rookie season of 2004-05. During her time at Tulane, her responsibilities included coordinating recruiting, on-deck swimming duties, dryland design and administrative support for the swimming and diving programs, as well as all home meet management.
The program was one of eight varsity sport programs suspended by the University in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Since then, Guarriello has served as the head boy's and girl's swimming coach at Keller High School in Keller, Texas.
Guarriello, who swam for former Green Wave head coach Daniella Irle from 1997-2001 at Fresno State, was reunited with her coach when she came to Tulane in 2004 after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at former Conference USA rival TCU, where she coached both the men's and women's teams on the pool deck as well as in the weight room. She helped the men's squad win its third consecutive C-USA Championship, was instrumental in leading the women's team to its first league title, and also assisted in the training of four NCAA provisional qualifiers.
Prior to her stint at TCU, Guarriello was the head women's swimming and water polo coach during the 2001-02 academic year at Clovis East High School in Clovis, Calif. While at Clovis East, she helped the varsity swim team attain 91 percent lifetime best times at the Tri-River Athletic Conference and Valley Championship swim meets. In addition, every team record was broken several times throughout the season.
A standout student-athlete at Fresno State from 1997-2001, Guarriello helped set a school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2000, as well as breaking team weightlifting standards in the bench press and the squat. She was also named Western Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete and WAC All-Academic Team all four years, and received the Bulldogs' "Flex Award" for leadership in the weight room.
In addition to her background as a swim coach, Guarriello served as an intern in the Fresno State strength and conditioning center in spring of 2001, where she primarily worked with the football team.
A certified U.S. Swim Coach, Guarriello completed her degree in kinesiology from Fresno State in 2001, and is currently working toward completing a master's degree in kinesiology from TCU.
A native of Spring Valley, Calif., Guarriello and her husband, Jason, have twin daughters (4): Isabella and Olivia.