In 2016-17, Sean Raffile begins his third season as the head coach of the Purple Knights' men’s and women's swimming programs. Raffile came to the University of Bridgeport from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York where he has served as the Setters' head men’s and women’s swimming coach for the for the past three seasons. While at Pace, he coached 10 Northeast-10 Conference champions including the league’s 2014 Women’s Swimmer of the Year.
Said Vitti, "We are delighted to have Coach Raffile join the UB Athletics family. He brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our swimming programs, and I think all of his quality attributes will help to keep us at a high level of excellence both on the conference and national levels."
Prior to his time at Pace, Sean served as assistant swimming coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy from September 2009 through September 2011. Before his stint at USMMA, Raffile garnered Division I head coaching experience at Western Illinois University (2008-2009) and Wagner College (2005-2008).
At Western Illinois in 2009, he was named The Summit League's Women's Coach of the Year, as he guided the Westerwinds to a second-place finish at the conference championship.
In three seasons as head coach at Wagner College, his teams posted nearly a .600 winning percentage in dual meets. Before coaching at Wagner College, Raffile served as a volunteer assistant swimming coach at the University of Georgia during the 2004-05 season under Jack Bauerle, the head coach for the 2008 USA Olympic women's team.
Prior to Georgia, he had assistant coaching experience at West Chester University (Pa.) and the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club. Sean had the good fortune of coaching with legendary head coach Richard Shoulberg, an assistant coach for the 1988, 1992 and 2000 USA Olympic women's teams.
Raffile started his coaching career as an Age Group Coach with the SONOCO Swim Club. As a student-athlete at Southern Connecticut State University, he was a six-time NCAA All-American, an Academic All-American, and completed a bachelor's of science degree in exercise science in 2003. He is currently finishing a master's degree in kinesiology from Georgia.
He is an active member of the American Swim Coaches Association and the College Swim Coaches Association of America plus the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, first aid certified and a certified pool operator.