Peter H. Casares

Lecturer in Physical Education


Physical Education/Athletics

Merrill Gymnasium,


Peter Casares joined Bates as the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach and aquatics director in 2007. He is well respected in the swimming world, both as an accomplished Division III All-American swimmer and as a passionate coach and tireless recruiter. Peter’s expertise and love for the sport have brought enthusiasm and national visibility to the Bates program.

Prior to coming to Bates, Peter was the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and he holds the distinction of being one of only three coaches in NCAA history to win a national championship for both men and women in the same year.

In his four years at Bates the team size has more than doubled, over 60 varsity records have been broken, and each team has experienced a steady climb up the conference ladder. The 2011-12 season turned out to be a banner year with over 20 varsity records broken, the women claiming the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title, and the highest finishes at the conference meet in nearly a decade.

At the same time, both the men’s and women’s teams experienced their highest overall grade point average, and has earned Academic All-American team status for the last nine consecutive semesters.