OMAHA, Neb. – Texas men’s swimming head coach Eddie Reese has been named to the Olympics coaching staff as an assistant coach for the USA men’s team.
“I have never had a goal to be an Olympic coach or to win a NCAA championship,” said Reese. “All I want to do is get people to go faster. I want them to be faster than they could ever believe or any of their friends could believe. This is a high level bonus.
Reese was one of the three individuals selected to join head men’s coach Gregg Troy in London. Also on the coaching staff will be Bob Bowman and David Marsh.
This will be the seventh straight Olympics for Reese and the fourth time he has been an assistant coach. He was the head coach in each of the previous two games in Beijing (2008) and Athens (2004) as well as in Barcelona (1992). He has also been an assistant coach in Seoul (1988), Atlanta (1992) and Sydney (2000).
Reese will be able to coach three former Longhorns who qualified for the team at the Olympic Trials this past week. Ricky Berens will swim the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay. Jimmy Feigen will also be on the 400 freestyle relay team. Brendan Hansen will swim the 100 breaststroke. Christian Schurr will also compete in the Olympics for Mexico.
“It was one of the tightest Olympic trials we have ever had,” said Reese. “This might have been the toughest team to make for the USA for both men and women. The competition was at a high level across the board.”
The Olympic team will come together in Knoxville, Tenn. July 7 for a training camp prior to heading to London. The Olympic pool competition will take place July 28 to August 4 at the London Aquatic Centre.
Longhorns in 2012 Olympics
Eddie Reese (USA) – Assistant Coach
Ricky Berens (USA) – 200 Freestyle, 400m Freestyle Relay, 800m Freestyle Relay
Jimmy Feigen (USA) – 400 Freestyle Relay
Brendan Hansen (USA) – 100m Breaststroke
Christian Schurr (Mexico) – 200 Breaststroke