Head Coach of Men’s Swimming, University of Texas
Eddie Reese, the only college swimming coach to win NCAA team titles in four separate decades, has established a tradition of excellence in Austin and set the standard in collegiate swimming. The 1991, 2005, 2006 and 2009 ASCA Coach of the Year, an eight-time NCAA Coach of the Year and three-time United States Men’s Olympic Team head coach, Reese has led Texas to 17 NCAA team titles, 11 NCAA runner-up finishes, and 29 top-three finishes at NCAA Championships during his 37 seasons (thru 2014-15) in Austin.
After placing 21st at the NCAA Championships in his first season (1979) at Texas, Reese’s teams have never finished lower than seventh at the national meet. His Texas team will enter the 2015-16 season with two incredible streaks to its credit: 36 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship and 36 consecutive conference titles. Along the way, Reese has developed 54 NCAA individual champions, 41 national champion relays, 219 All-Americans and 29 Olympians who have won 39 gold medals, 16 silver medals and eight bronze medals. Some of Reese’s top swimmers have included Brendan Hanson, Aaron Peirsol, Ricky Berens, Jimmy Feigen, Christian Schurr, Scott Spann, Dave Walters, Garrett Weber-Gale, Nathan O’Brien, Ian Crocker, Josh Davis, Gary Hall Jr, Nate Dusing, Neil Walker, Scott Goldblatt, Brad Bridgewater, Rick Carey, Hans Dersch, Tommy Hannan, Jamie Rauch, Shaun Jordan, Kirk Stackle, Clay Britt, and Chris Jacobs.
Due to his wealth of international experience and the respect the swimming community has for him Reese was named head men’s swimming coach for the 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s swimming team in September of 2006, marking his third selection as the head coach. He served in the same capacity during the 1992 Barcelona Games and the 2004 Athens Games. In addition to his head coaching duties, Reese worked as an assistant coach for the U.S. in four other Olympiads: 1988 (Seoul), 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney) and 2012 (London).