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Carol Capitani

Carol Capitani

Head Coach, Women's Swimming

The 2018-2019 season marked Carol Capitani's seventh season as the head coach of the Texas women's swimming and diving program. She became the 10th head coach in the history of the Longhorns program in June 2012. Capitani led the 2017-18 Longhorns to a sixth-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Coupled with UT's fifth-place national finish in 2017, Texas produced its best back-to-back national finishes since the 2001 & 2002 seasons. Texas swept the Big 12 Championships for a third straight year and won its sixth straight league crown. The Longhorns finished the 2017-18 dual-meet season at 9-0, which marked their first unblemished regular season since 1988 and their third such 9-0 mark in program history. Under Capitani's tutelage, Joanna Evans shattered UT's 32-year-old school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a winning mark of 15:51.74 at the Texas Invitational. Capitani built the Longhorns into a top-five finisher at the NCAA Championships in 2017, her fifth season on the Forty Acres. Under Capitani, Texas placed fifth at the 2017 NCAA Championships, which marked the Horns' top finish at the national meet in eight years (2009). Notably, Texas finished just one-half of a point shy of fourth place at the NCAA Championships. Under Capitani in the 2016-17 season, Joanna Evans rewrote a 30-year-old school record in the 500 freestyle, and she produced the fastest 1,650 freestyle swim by a Longhorn in over 30 years. Rebecca Millard shattered an eight-year-old school mark in the 50 freestyle. Tasija Karosas rewrote both of her school and Big 12 records in the 100 and 200 backstroke events, and Madisyn Cox followed suit in the 200 IM while toppling the eight-year-old school mark in the 400 IM, as well. Additionally, Texas rewrote its school and Big 12 marks in three of five relays (800 freestyle and 200 & 400 medley relays).
Eddie Reese

Eddie Reese

Head Coach, Men's Swimming

Since taking over the swimming program at The University of Texas in 1978, Eddie Reese has established a tradition of excellence in Austin and set the standard in collegiate swimming. The 2005 and 2006 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 nine NCAA team titles in his 30 seasons 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 2008-09 season with two incredible streaks to its credit: 29 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship and 29 consecutive conference titles. Along the way, Reese has developed 41 NCAA individual champions, 29 national champion relays, 192 All-Americans and 26 Olympians who have won 29 gold medals. During the 1980s, the Longhorns claimed three NCAA team titles (1981, 1988, 1989) and all 10 Southwest Conference crowns. In 1981, just three years after taking over the Texas program, Reese captured his first national team championship. From 1981 to 1986, Texas turned in two NCAA runner-up performances (1982, 1984) and placed third in the national meet three times (1983, 1985, 1986). After Reese's initial fifth-place showing at the NCAAs with Texas in 1987, the Longhorns closed the decade strong, reeling off back-to-back titles in 1988 and 1989. His squads in the 1990s continued on that torrid pace, winning NCAA team titles in 1990, 1991 and 1996. The Longhorns finished second at Nationals in 1992 and 1994, placed third in 1993 and 1999 and took fourth in 1995. Texas also won each of the last seven SWC crowns (1990-96). Reese began the new millennium in the same fashion, winning three consecutive NCAA Championships (2000, 2001 and 2002). Texas placed second at Nationals in 2003, finished third in 2004, seventh in 2005, fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007. UT placed second at the 2008 NCAA Championships, marking Reese's seventh second-place NCAA finish to go with his nine NCAA titles. Reese's teams have finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships in 23 of his 30 seasons at Texas. The Longhorns have maintained their dominance at the conference level, winning all 12 Big 12 crowns and 29 consecutive conference titles. The list of individuals that Reese has developed while at Texas reads like a "Who's Who" in collegiate and international swimming. The trio of Ian Crocker, Brendan Hansen and 2005 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year Aaron Peirsol have left their marks throughout the Texas and NCAA record books.
Roric Fink

Roric Fink

Associate Head Coach

Roric Fink recently completed his sixth season with The University of Texas women's swimming and diving program. He served his first five seasons as assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in advance of the 2017-18 season. Fink came to Texas from the University of Missouri where he served for two seasons as associate head coach. Fink 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 worked with athletes such as Jeff Rouse and Gary Hall, Jr., who represented Team USA in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as well as Klete Keller in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. During his time as a coach he has coached and 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 Irvine, Calif., and the Men's Team Championship at the Western Zone Sectional in Portland, Ore., back 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. He is a 1986 graduate of Whitworth College. He earned his master's degree in business administration in 2000.
Wyatt Collins

Wyatt Collins

Assistant Coach, Men's Swimming

Wyatt Collins recently completed his second season as an assistant coach with the Longhorns men's swimming and diving program. He has joined head coach Eddie Reese in leading the Longhorns to their 13th and 14th NCAA team titles and helping Texas stretch its streak of national titles to four straight years. "Wyatt did outstanding work as our volunteer coach the last 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 he and (diving coach) Matt Scoggin on my staff." Collins earned a promotion to assistant men's swimming and diving coach after serving as a volunteer coach for the previous three seasons (2014-16) with the Longhorns. 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. "Eddie has been a coach that I have looked up to, a colleague from whom I have learned a lot and a friend who has always supported me during my time at UT," Collins said. "It truly is an honor and a dream come true to continue working with him and to represent this great University and amazing program together." 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. Collins 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. Collins swam two seasons at Boston University (2008-10) before transferring to Texas and competing for one season with the Longhorns (2011-12). A two-time member of the Athletics Director's Honor Roll at UT, Collins earned a bachelor's degree in history from Texas in 2013.