Peter Solomon enters his eighth season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming & diving programs at Wesleyan in 2019-20 after joining the coaching staff on a full-time basis during the 2012-13 season.
During his time with the Cardinals, Solomon has been named NESCAC Coach of the Year twice (2017 and 2019), and has coached several All-Americans.
Solomon’s involvement within the NESCAC Conference dates back all the way to 1993, as he has been named Coach of the Year eight times. He served as the head coach for the men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs at Middlebury from 1997-2011, after serving in the same capacity at Amherst from 1993-1997.
During his 14-year tenure at Middlebury, he was a four-time recipient of the NESCAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year award (2002, 2005, 2008, 2010), and led the squad to a first-place finish at the 2002 NESCAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
The Panthers compiled a cumulative dual-meet mark of 79-37 on the women’s side and a 71-45 mark in men’s events under Solomon’s watch. Over his years at Middlebury, he coached 64 NESCAC champions, 60 NCAA Division III All-Americans and five NCAA Division III national champions. In addition to his coaching assignment at Middlebury, he was aquatics director and served as a meet director for the 2005 and 2010 NESCAC Women’s Championship, while also holding the same role for the men’s championship in 2008. He was always active within the Middlebury community, establishing and directing several camps and swimming programs.
Prior to his appointment at Middlebury, he served in the same capacity at Amherst for four seasons, directing his 1997 women's squad to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship, while being named New England Division III Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
He also served as an assistant swimming coach and director of operations at the University of Vermont during the 2011-12 campaign.
A 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University, Solomon went on to earn his master’s at the University of Connecticut in 1993. While at North Carolina, he was a team co-captain for the swimming team and was a participant in the US Olympic Trials in the 200-meter backstroke for the 1980 Games. He was an NCAA Division I Championship qualifier on several occasions in the 200-yard backstroke, and finished as high as 15th on the national stage. In 1979, he established a National Junior Olympic record in the 200 backstroke, and competed in the US Olympic Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo.