NEAC Coaches Corner: Cazenovia College

NEAC Coaches Corner: Cazenovia College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Throughout the spring, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight a coach and student-athlete from each of our member institutions in a brief Q & A. Today’s Coaches Corner features Cazenovia College Swimming & Diving and Cross Country Coach Bill Houser and student-athlete Collin Stewart.

Bill Houser became the first official head coach of the Cazenovia College men’s and women’s swimming and diving program in 2006. In the pool, Houser and the Wildcats have enjoyed great success with the women’s team winning five NEAC Swimming & Diving Championships which includes four consecutive titles from 2015-2018. Houser’s work has been honored with seven NEAC Coach of the Year awards with five coming on the women’s side and two with the men. Houser has also served as the head coach of the Cazenovia College men’s and women’s cross country teams since 2013.

Collin Stewart (Lowville, N.Y.) just wrapped up his senior season on Houser’s men’s swimming and diving team. Stewart has been one of the Wildcats’ top performers in the pool in recent seasons. At the 2018 NEAC Swimming & Diving Championships, Stewart earned All-Conference honors in five events including a First Team selection with a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

Head Coach Bill Houser

What inspired you to become a collegiate coach?

My inspiration to coach comes from the influence of coaches I have had throughout my years as an athlete and the impact both they and the sports I participated in had in my life. Knowing I could make a difference in someone’s life both in and out of the pool, just as they did for me, is something I have always wanted to do.

What is your favorite memory or moment at Cazenovia College?

My favorite coaching moment was winning the NEAC women’s swimming and diving championship at SUNY Cobleskill four years ago. We were not expected to win, down the entire meet and on the last day I thought we had lost by about 12 points. When they announced the score, to our surprise, we narrowly won. The team and our fans went crazy!

As a coach, how do you help your Division III student-athletes balance all aspects of college life?

I think my athletes are very good at balancing all the aspects of being a student-athlete and honestly have rarely needed my help to do so. They know my expectations and understand the importance of their education, but at the same time are committed and dedicated to the team and both their and the team’s improvement and growth.  

Outside of wins, losses and stats, what do you want everyone to know about your student-athletes?

I want them to know that this team is full of the most hardworking, determined and motivated athletes I have ever had the opportunity to work with. They are supportive of one another and care as much of their teammates’ achievements as they do their own. This has often been said amongst teams, but this group of individuals has truly become a family over the past four years.

Collin Stewart

Describe the impact your coach had on your decision to attend your institution and/or on your development as a student-athlete.

Coach Houser had a large impact on me coming to Cazenovia and my development as a student-athlete. He always pushed for success and would settle for nothing less. I fell in love with the college for many other reasons but Coach Houser was very influential in my decision. His coaching style attracts so many and he does such a great job at keeping the level of success rolling year after year.

Do you have a favorite memory or moment with your coach that you would like to share?

Our team has experiences conflicts, loss and even death of family members. It had been a difficult four years by we all became closer because of it. Coach Houser has been such a positive influence through all the ups and downs during my four years at Cazenovia.

What advice would you give to future student-athletes who may be considering playing for your team/coach?

Be prepared to work hard and have fun but be serious when needed. College athletics are fun, difficult and the best time of your life. Take full advantage of it!

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*Information compiled by Cory Schad, Cazenovia College Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and Marketing


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: