Staff

Staff

Eddie Reese
Carol Capitani
Kris Kubik
Roric Fink
Jon Alter
Josh Davis
Ian Crocker
Garrett Weber-Gale
Brendan Hansen
Colleen Lanne'-Cox
Kathleen Hersey
Whitney Hedgepeth
Laura Sogar

EDDIE REESE
, MEN'S HEAD COACH
2013 TEAM USA DUAL IN THE POOL COACH
2012 ASSISTANT MEN'S OLYMPIC COACH
2011 TEAM USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN'S HEAD COACH
2008 MEN'S HEAD OLYMPIC COACH

Reese is in his 36th 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 ten NCAA team titles in his 35 seasons in Austin.  He is the only college swimming coach to win NCAA team titles in four separate decades.

Reese's Longhorns are the defending Big 12 Conference Champions, and look to move up from their fifth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.  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 2013-14 season with two incredible streaks to its credit: 34 consecutive top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and 34 consecutive conference titles. Along the way, Reese has developed 43 NCAA individual champions, 32 national champion relays, 204 All-Americans and 27 Olympians who have won 29 gold medals.

At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, five Reese-coached athletes helped Team USA to five gold medals and three world records.  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. 

Reese 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 35 years. For Eddie's full bio, please click HERE. top 
  
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CAROL CAPITANI, 
WOMEN'S HEAD 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 second season as the head coach of women's swimming & diving.

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.  UT tallied 11 All-America swimming honors at the NCAA Championships.  

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 the last 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. 

She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters. 

We are excited to have Carol contribute her amazing experiences to the Longhorns Swim Camp coaching staff! For Carol's full story, please click HERE. top  

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KRIS KUBIK, 
MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH
Kris Kubik continues a 31-year coaching association with Eddie Reese and The University of Texas.   Kubik served as an assistant coach with USA Swimming at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, and as a special assistant to Eddie Reese as a member of the USA swimming coaching staff at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  He also served as an assistant coach for Team USA for the 2007 Pan American Games.

When Reese took the Texas job in the spring of 1978, Kris followed, serving as his chief assistant through the 1981 season when the Longhorns captured their first NCAA championship title.  Kubik then left UT for four years, serving as age group coach of the Nashville Aquatic Club and later for the Longhorn Aquatic Club.  He returned to UT in 1985 and has been an integral part of the long running success of the men's program, which includes 10 NCAA national championships and 34 consecutive conference titles.

Along with Reese, Kris is a Longhorns Swim Camp pioneer and has been involved over the years with every aspect of the camp's operation. He lends outstanding enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge of the sport, which enriches the camp experience for everyone. For Kris's full bio, please click HERE. top

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RORIC FINK, 
WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH
Roric Fink is in his second year as the assistant coach for the Texas Women's Swimming program.  Fink Comes to Texas from the University of Missouri where he served as the associate head coach for two seasons.

Roric has coached collegiately since 2003, spending eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona from 2003-10. He also built up one of the nation's top aquatics clubs -- Ford Aquatics in Tucson, Ariz. -- starting in 2000. Prior to that he worked with the Phoenix Swim Club from 1995-2000, while assisting with the U.S. National Team. He has worked with Olympic athletes such as Jeff Rouse, Gary Hall, Jr., and Klete Keller.

During his time as a coach he has developed NCAA Championship level athletes. He coached Arizona National Champions Lacey Nymeyer, Dave Rollins, Tyler DeBerry and Marcus Titus with the Ford Aquatics program before going on to compete for the Wildcats. His club won the USA Swimming National Championships in 2011.

Fink also brings international coaching experience to Texas. He coached Amanda Beard as she qualified for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China. He has served on the USA Swimming coaching staff for the 2008 National Junior Team and the 2010 NSCA All-Star Team. In 2006, Fink represented Mexico as a member of their coaching staff at the Short Course World Championships.  For Roric's full bio, please click HERE.  top

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JON ALTER
, CAMP DIRECTOR
Jon Alter is in his 19th year with the Longhorns Swim Camp, and 15th year as Camp Director. He oversees all administrative and organizational areas, and also acts as the 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 the camp 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 for five years, 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. top
 
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JOSH DAVIS, 
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
One of the nation’s most talented and congenial athletes, Josh Davis enters his 18th 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 San Antonio with his wife, Shantel, a former Longhorn volleyball player and their five children.

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IAN CROCKER, 
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
2008 Olympic Gold medalist: 400-meter medley relay

Three-time Olympian

Three-time Olympic Gold medalist

Five Olympic medals

Eight-time World Champion

2004 NCAA Swimmer of the Year 

2005 USA Swimming Race of the Year Award
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Ian will serve as Co-Head Camp Coach for Session 5 as well as be in attendance at Sessions 1-4!!

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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

NCAA champion
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BRENDAN HANSEN, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist:  400-meter medley relay
Three-time Olympian
Three-time Olympic Gold medalist
Six Olympic medals
Five-time World Champion
Eight-time NCAA Champion
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Brendan will serve as Co-Head Camp Coach for Session 5 as well as be in attendance at Sessions 1-4!!

 

 

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 COLLEEN LANNE-COX, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
Four-time NCAA Champion
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KATHLEEN HERSEY, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH
Two-time Olympian
Four-time PanAm Games Gold Medalist
Four-time National Champion
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WHITNEY HEDGEPETH,  OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND GUEST COACH

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist:  400-meter medley relay
1996 Olympic Silver medallist:  100 and 200-meter backstrokes
Two-time Olympian
Former American record holder

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LAURA SOGAR, NCAA CHAMPION AND GUEST COACH

2013 NCAA CHAMPION - 200 Breaststroke

2013 US Open Champion

2013 World University Games Silver Medalist

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
For employment opportunities at Longhorns Swim Camp, please see our Employment Opportunities page for an application package and job description. top