AUSTIN, Texas — Immediately after 43 seasons and on the heels of his fifteenth Nationwide Championship, Eddie Reese is retiring as the head coach of the Texas Men’s Swimming & Diving plan. Reese’s extraordinary run major the nation’s leading plan has been unparalleled. Hired in 1979 by Longhorn Legend Darrell Royal, who at the time was Athletics Director, Reese went on to established the conventional in collegiate Swimming & Diving, submitting 42 straight convention titles, forty one straight prime-10 finishes, as effectively as 12 NCAA runner-up finishes and six third-put showings to go with his 15 countrywide titles. Reese, whose retirement will acquire result right after this summer’s Olympics, will proceed in an emeritus position with the plan right after that, while Assistant Swimming Mentor Wyatt Collins will acquire in excess of as interim head coach.
“Where by we are now and where by I am now is produced doable by anyone who has swum listed here before and is swimming listed here now,” Reese said. “They are this kind of a massive part of the good results of this plan. When persons get together with the mentality of carrying out anything, even though it is tough through that yr in time, it just provides up to anything certainly awesome. I want to thank those fellas who reliable me, did all the challenging exercises and produced the sacrifices in and out of the water. It has been an honor for me to be a part of this plan.”
“I am likely to be a coach emeritus. That usually means I can continue to aid and I want to do that. It is vital for all of us. Operating with swimmers has been just one of the legitimate joys of my lifestyle, and I unquestionably want to maintain carrying out that. In my very long lifestyle, I have learned that the most vital point for us to do in this earth is aid some others, no matter if it be for anything uncomplicated or complex. Coaching allows me to do that.”
Reese, the only swimming coach to acquire NCAA staff titles in five different decades (nineteen eighties, nineteen nineties, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s), gained his first countrywide title in 1981, and this past Saturday secured a further just one 40 decades later on. Excluding the 2020 meet that was canceled as a consequence of COVID-19, Texas has gained five of the very last six NCAA Championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021) contested. His 15 countrywide championships are tied for seventh-most by any coach, in any sport in NCAA historical past. All totaled, his Longhorn groups have completed between the prime-three at the NCAA Championships in 34 of his 43 decades at the helm. Reese led Texas to the Southwest Meeting Championship in 1980 and went on to sign-up seventeen straight SWC titles. When the Longhorns joined the Large 12 Meeting and Swimming & Diving opposition commenced in 1997, Reese dominated that league, far too, winning all of the 25 championship satisfies to day.
“Eddie Reese is certainly the best coach at any time,” said UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte. “His information converse for by themselves, but the way he led his plan, skilled and prepared his student-athletes to conduct at their best in the pool and all aspects of their life, is just exemplary and extraordinary. No person has or at any time will do it far better. There undoubtedly is some a stage of disappointment looking at our legend retire, but what a amazing time it is to rejoice his awesome legacy. Relaxation confident though, while he will be stepping apart as head coach right after the Olympic Game titles this summer months, we are privileged that he’s agreed to proceed on in an emeritus position with our plan. Thankfully, that will let his effects with our student-athletes to have on.”
An eight-time NCAA Mentor of the Year, four-time American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Mentor of the Year and three-time School Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of The us (CSCAA) Nationwide Mentor of the Year, Reese’s Longhorns gained 73 NCAA particular person titles and fifty two relay crowns through his time at Texas. The just lately completed out of doors pool facility, located just outdoors of the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Middle, was opened in August and named in his honor.
“To coach swimming effectively, it are unable to be a job. It is bought to be a way of life,” Reese said. “In fact, I have not experienced a job for the 55 decades that I have coached. It has been an unbelievable part of my lifestyle. And the unbelievable part has experienced nothing to do with winning and getting rid of. It has to do with the persons that I have been lucky adequate to be around. They have held me younger, and they confirmed good acceptance by continuing to laugh at my bad jokes.”
“For those who increase to the plan, from the mom and dad of the swimmers to compliance to teachers to nutrition to the teaching place, and to The College of Texas, this could not have been accomplished without having your contributions.”
3-time head coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s swimming staff (1992, 2004, 2008), he coached 29 Longhorn Olympians who gathered sixty three medals (39 gold, sixteen silver, eight bronze). He is a member of the Texas Athletics Corridor of Honor, Texas Sporting activities Corridor of Fame and the Global Swimming Corridor of Fame (ISHOF).
Reese came to Texas right after a extraordinary six-yr (1972-seventy eight) rebuilding job at Auburn College that culminated in four straight Leading-10 finishes, such as a second-put displaying in 1978. A 1963 graduate of Florida, Reese led the Gators to three SEC titles (1961, 1962, 1963). As the team’s co-captain as a senior, he became the first Florida swimmer to acquire five SEC titles in a solitary career. He remained at Florida as graduate assistant coach while earning his master’s diploma. Reese went on to provide as a substantial school teacher and coach at Roswell (N.M.) Significant University for two decades (1965-66) before returning to Florida as an assistant coach for six seasons (1967-seventy two).
Reese and his wife, Elinor, have two daughters, Holly and Heather, and four grandchildren. Holly and her husband, David Bowman, have two sons: Reese and Luke. Heather and her husband, Travis Ormond, have just one daughter, Evan, and just one son, Beck. An avid fisher and hunter, Reese also has a tender place for the family canine, Reagan.