Since coming to Emory prior to the 1999-2000 season, Cindy Fontana has helped to lead the Eagles to unprecedented levels of success.
With Fontana as part of the coaching staff, the Emory Swimming and Diving men's and women's teams have finished no worse than seventh in the nation, including National Championships for the Women's team in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 18-consecutive top-four finishes. The men's team has finished the season as one of the top-five teams in the nation in each of her 18 seasons (the Eagles had never finished better than sixth nationally before her arrival), capturing the National Championship in 2017. Emory has had 45 swimmers crowned National Champions and 41 national champion relay teams, and the Eagles have had a combined 1,128 All-America certificates awarded to their athletes since 2000.
Fontana has helped the Eagles become the premier swimming team in the University Athletic Association (UAA), leading the Eagles to 19-consecutive conference titles, and coaching 21 conference swimmers of the year, and 18 conference rookies of the year. She was honored as part of the conference Coaching Staff of the Year 11 times, most recently for the both the men's and women's teams in 2018.
Prior to her arrival at Emory in the fall of 1999, Fontana spent three years as head coach for women's swimming and diving at Southern Connecticut State University. During the 1995-96 season, Fontana was the assistant coach for Kenyon College, which won both men's and women's NCAA team titles.
Fontana is a 1992 graduate of Kenyon (Ohio) where she was team captain and an NCAA competitor in the distance freestyle events and the 400 IM. Fontana received her master's degree in exercise science from Southern Connecticut in 2004. She also has coached Hopkins Mariners in New Haven, Conn.