Tim Wise
Tim Wise
Title: Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Men’s Swimming and Diving
Phone: 203-432-1498
Email: timothy.wise@yale.edu
Previous College: Southern Connecticut State '93

Tim Wise was named Yale's Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Men’s Swimming and Diving on May 6, 2010. Wise had been an assistant coach at Yale for 12 seasons prior to that.

In 2011-12, Wise's second season at the helm, the Bulldogs made dramatic progress. He led the team to a 6-2 record, setting eight school records in the process. Yale also had a pair of swimmers compete at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.

In 2012-13, the Bulldogs improved even further, compiling a 9-2 regular season record and a fourth place finish at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships.

In 2013-14,  Wise guided the team to an 8-3 regular season record and finished fourth at the Ivy League Championships again. The Bulldogs hosted the HYP meet, finishing only 35 points behind Princeton and setting five Kiphuth Exhibition Pool records. Seven team records were broken during the season, and Wise coached sophomore Brian Hogan '16 at the NCAA Men's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. 

2014-15 was the Bulldogs' best yet under Wise. The team went 8-2 in the regular season, and finished third at Ivies. The highlight of the regular season was a 181-172 victory over a nationally ranked Penn State team; it was Yales first victory against the Big 10 program since 1942, when the Elis beat Michigan. Yale sent three swimmers—senior Rob Harder '15, Hogan and freshman Kei Hyogo— to the NCAA Championships. Hyogo finished 15th in the 1,650-yard freestyle, putting Yale in an elite group of programs to score points at the Championships.

In 2015-16, the Bulldogs finished fourth at Ivies after going 7-3 in the regular season. Seeking an even more challenging schedule, Wise brought the Elis to the Nike Invitational in November to compete against some of the best teams in the ACC. He led the team to its second straight victory over Penn State. In March, he returned to the NCAA Championships with Hogan and Hyogo. Hyogo was named an All-American in the 1,650-yard freestyle after he finished in eighth-place; he was the first swimmer to receive that honor during Wise's tenure. 

Under Wise, the Bulldogs have also enjoyed great academic success. They posted the best grade-point average in the country in seven of the last nine semesters, including six straight from Fall 2012-Fall 2014.

During his tenure as an assistant to Frank Keefe, Wise helped Yale swimmers set 22 university records and win 16 individual and two relay Ivy League Championship titles. In addition, two of his swimmers competed at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials. Wise was responsible for the sprinters starting in 2004, and they accounted for more than 50 percent of Yale’s points at the Ivy League Championships during his time coaching them.

Alex Righi '09 became one of the most decorated swimmers in Yale history under Wise’s guidance. Righi, an 11-time All-American, won the Moriarty Trophy as the Swimmer of the Meet at the Ivy League Championships three times and finished second in both the 50 and 100 freestyles at the NCAA Championships as a junior and tied the American record in the 50 freestyle as a senior. While at Yale, Wise also serves as the head coach of the Omni Swim Club, a Yale-based USA Swimming club. He was named the 2008 Connecticut Swimming Senior Coach of the Year.

Prior to Yale, Wise served as the head coach at Southern Connecticut State University, where he guided the Owls to a 21-9 dual-meet record in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Conference. He also has experience as an assistant coach at Texas A&M and Arizona State.

Wise is a 1993 Southern Connecticut State graduate. He lives in Wethersfield, Conn., with his wife, Lisa, and children Matt and Katie.