StaffEDDIE REESE, MEN'S HEAD COACH
14 NCAA TEAM TITLES
TWO NCAA 4-PEAT's: 1988-91 & 2015-18!
2017 TEAM USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ASSISTANT COACH
2012 TEAM USA ASSISTANT MEN'S OLYMPIC COACH
2011 TEAM USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HEAD MEN'S COACH
2008 TEAM USA HEAD MEN'S OLYMPIC COACH
Eddie Reese is in his 41st year as head men's swimming coach. The three-time U.S. Olympic men’s head coach has established a championship tradition and set the standard of excellence in the collegiate swimming world. Eddie has led Texas to 14 NCAA team titles in 41 seasons in Austin-the most by any coach in men's swimming & diving history. He is the only college swimming coach to win NCAA team titles in four separate decades.
Reese's Longhorns were the 2019 NCAA runner ups, and defending Big 12 Conference Champions, and will be in the hunt for the 2020 titles once again. 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 enters the 2019-20 season with two incredible streaks to its credit: 39 consecutive top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and 41 consecutive conference titles. Along the way, Reese has developed 63 NCAA individual champions, 46 national champion relays, 219 All-Americans and 29 Olympians who have won 39 gold medals, 16 silver medals, and eight bronze medals.
Eddie had three current Longhorns in Jack Conger, Townley Haas, and Clark Smith, make the 2016 US Olympic Team. Each came home with a gold medal earned on the 800 Freestyle Relay. Current Longhorn Joseph Schooling, representing Singapore, won the gold medal in the 100 butterfly in Rio. His selection by USA Swimming as the head men’s Olympic swimming coach for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, represented his third stint as the head men’s Olympic coach for Team USA, also serving in 1992 and 2004. Seven of Reese’s current and former swimmers joined him in Beijing and accounted for about one-third of the 22-member USA team while capturing eight gold medals, one silver medal, and setting four world records. Reese's string of U.S. Olympic coaching also includes three other Olympiads: 1988, 1996, and 2000.
Eddie started the first Longhorns Swim Camp in 1978 and has always been one of the head coaches. His eye for talent, a genuine caring for his athletes, and the ability to communicate and motivate are reasons he was named the 2009 American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year. His passion for swimming and knowing the ingredients that are necessary to produce champion swimmers, are reasons the Longhorns Swim Camp has thrived for the past 40 years.
For Eddie's full bio, please click HERE
CAROL CAPITANI, WOMEN'S HEAD COACH
2019 TEAM USA WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ASSISTANT COACH
2017 TEAM USA WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES HEAD WOMEN'S COACH
2016 TEAM USA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ASSISTANT COACH
2013 TEAM USA DUAL IN THE POOL HEAD WOMEN'S COACH
2013 TEAM USA WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ASSISTANT COACH
Carol Capitani is in her seventh season as the head coach of women's swimming & diving. Capitani's seventh season on the Forty Acres ended with a fifth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships - tying the Longhorns fifth place finish in 2017-her highest finish while at Texas. Those back to back finishes are the best for the Texas squad since 2002. The Lady Longhorns also captured their 15th Big 12 Conference title. Capitani's first season with the Longhorns culminated with a ninth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships and Texas' first NCAA individual swimming title in 12 years, along with earning 11 All-America swimming honors.
Capitani molded Laura Sogar into a NCAA champion in the 200-yard breaststroke, as Sogar became UT's first NCAA swim titlist since Colleen Lanné in 2001. Under Capitani's tutelage, Sogar went on to win a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke and bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke and 400m medley relay at the 2013 World University Games, where Capitani served Team USA as an assistant coach.
The Big 12 Conference selected Capitani as the Big 12 Championships' Women's Swimming Coach of the Meet after her Longhorns collected their 11th Big 12 Conference title. Texas totaled 1,051 points at the 2013 Big 12 Championships and outdistanced its nearest competitor by nearly 500 points.
Capitani spent 14 years at The University of Georgia during two different stints. She was as an assistant coach for 12 years (1996-2008) before returning to Athens in the summer of 2010 and serving as associate head coach for the last two seasons. Capitani worked as the assistant head coach for the Singapore National Team from 2009-10, and also served as an assistant coach for the women's U.S. National Team at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.
As an assistant at Georgia, Carol was part of four NCAA championship titles and three runner-up titles with the Lady Bulldogs. She also has been a part of six top-10 NCAA finishes with the men's team, and she has helped the Bulldogs garner five SEC championship titles. Capitani worked primarily with the main group and also worked closely with the breaststrokers.
Prior to Georgia, Capitani served a three-year stint as the Associate Coach for the men's and women's program at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. While at Villanova she helped lead the Lady Wildcats to three consecutive Big East Championship titles, and several men and women at Villanova scored at the NCAA Championships each of those years.
Capitani spent her collegiate swimming career at the University of California Berkeley, where she accumulated eight All-America honors in the individual medley and breaststroke events. She graduated with a B.A. in English and completed her Master's degree in English at Villanova University.
Carol brings a great balance of fun, hard work, and discipline to the Longhorns Swim Camp! For Carol's full story, please click HERE.
WYATT COLLINS, MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH
2018 TEAM USA PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS ASSISTANT COACH
2019 TEAM USA WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ASSISTANT COACH
Wyatt Collins is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Longhorns men's swimming and diving program.
"Wyatt did outstanding work as our volunteer coach for three years," UT head coach Eddie Reese said upon Collins' hiring. "He has an excellent mind as a swimming technician, has built an excellent rapport with our team and has been an important part of our recent success. Wyatt deserves this opportunity, and I'm happy to have him on my staff."
Collins earned a promotion to assistant men's swimming and diving coach after serving as a volunteer coach for three seasons with the Longhorns (2013-16). Collins joined Reese and former UT associate head coach Kris Kubik to lead UT to a NCAA runner-up finish in 2014 and NCAA titles in 2015 and 2016.
Under the tutelage of Reese and Kubik, Collins assisted in creating and supervising workouts, aided with on-campus recruiting, handled meet entries and planned team travel. Collins also has served as a coach during summertime Longhorns swimming camps, where he provided video analysis and stroke mechanic corrections.
Wyatt served as an age group coach with Nitro Swimming in 2013 before assuming his duties as a volunteer coach in advance of the 2013-14 season. He swam two seasons at Boston University (2008-10) before transferring to Texas and competing for one season with the Longhorns (2011-12). Collins earned a bachelor's degree in history from Texas in 2013.
For Wyatt's full bio, please click HERE.
MITCH DALTON, WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH
Texas Women's Swimming head coach Carol Capitani welcomed Mitch Dalton as the newest assistant coach on the Forty Acres in May 2020.
Prior to USA Swimming, Dalton spent five years at Princeton University as the men's assistant coach, helping guide the Tigers to four Ivy League titles and three NCAA appearances. He served as the recruiting coordinator, worked with distance/middle distance/stroke swimmers, and lead the sprint group. He spent two years as an assistant men's and women's coach at George Washington University.
JON ALTER, CAMP DIRECTOR
Jon Alter is in his 25th year with the Longhorns Swim Camp, spending the last 21 as Camp Director. He also serves as Camp Director for the Longhorns Diving Camp. Jon oversees all administrative and organizational areas, along with his duties as Director of Operations for Texas Swimming & Diving. The Richmond, Indiana, native served as a Longhorn Swim Camp counselor for four years prior to taking on director responsibilities in 1999.
Alter has 19 years of age group and high school coaching experience and has coached athletes to the junior and senior national levels. He spent the 1998-99 season as a volunteer coach for the University of Tennessee women’s swimming program. At Texas, Jon was a volunteer assistant coach for the Longhorns women’s swimming team from 1999-2004, and an interim assistant coach during the 2005-06 season. In his time at Texas, he helped the women's squad to five top 10 NCAA finishes and five Big 12 Conference championships.
JOSH DAVIS, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
One of the nation’s most talented and congenial athletes, Josh Davis enters his 22nd year with the Longhorns Swim Camp. The two-time Olympic team captain (1996, 2000) returned from the 2000 Olympic Games with two silver medals captured in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays. In the 200 freestyle, Davis placed fourth, (1:46.73), setting an American record. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Josh earned three gold medals - the most won by any man in the entire U.S. delegation. Davis competed for The University of Texas, is a four-time NCAA champion, and a member of the 1991 NCAA championship team.
Josh is known internationally for his superb public speaking and motivational work with children. He resides in Oklahoma with his wife, Shantel, a former Longhorn volleyball player and their six children.
For more information on Josh, please visit www.joshdavis.com
IAN CROCKER, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
SPECIAL GUEST HEAD CAMP COACH FOR SESSION 4!
2008 Olympic Gold medalist: 400-meter medley relay
Three-time Olympian Gold medalist
Five Olympic medals
Eight-time World Champion
Former World & American Record Holder
2004 NCAA Swimmer of the Year
2005 USA Swimming Race of the Year Award
GARRETT WEBER-GALE, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
2011 World Championships Team member
2008 Olympic Gold medalist: 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relays
Two Olympic medals
World record holder: 400-meter free relay
Two-time World Champion
COLLEEN LANNE-COX, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
Four-time NCAA Champion
WHITNEY HEDGEPETH, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
Olympic Gold Medalist: 400-meter medley relay
1996 Olympic Silver medallist: 100 and 200-meter backstrokes
Former American record holder
WILL LICON, AMERICAN RECORD HOLDER AND GUEST COACH
American Record Holder - 200 yard breaststroke (1:47.91)
USA Swimming National Team Member
MADISYN COX, USA SWIMMING NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER AND GUEST COACH
2017 World Championships Bronze Medalist (200 IM)
10-time All American at The University of Texas
JIMMY FEIGEN, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist: 4x100 Free Relay
2 Olympic medals