Joe Acquaviva is in his second season working with the Jumbos. Last season in his first year at Tufts he was part of the coaching staff that helped both programs achieve great success. The men's team won their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship in 2018, then had a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championship that was the program's best since 1982. The women's team surged to a fourth-place finish at the conference championship last season, the team’s best since 2013. Tufts improved upon their eighth-place performance from the 2017 NESCAC Championship by 323 points.
A 2014 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Acquaviva swam all four years for the Blue Jays and was captain his senior year. While at JHU, he was a 10-time All-American, a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American, and an NCAA national champion. In this time at Hopkins he was also an NCAA Post-Graduate scholar and the recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 Award.
Acquaviva stayed in Baltimore to obtain a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was an assistant coach for JHU. During this time as a member of the team and as an assistant coach, the Blue Jays amassed over 50 All-American honors, six NCAA titles, a national record, and a DIII Women’s Swimmer of the Meet honor.
For two years Acquaviva also coached water polo at the club and high school levels with the William Penn Charter School. In addition to the teams finishing with some of the highest point totals in the school’s illustrious history at the Eastern Championships, they were also home to the 2016-2017 Male High School Swimmer of the Year.