Head coach and practice location chosen for women’s swim team

Rachel Zemanek, Sports Editor

Brian Roth has been named the head coach for the women’s swim team, which is slated to begin in the Spring ’14 semester.

“That’s who we were hoping to get,” Ryan Byrne, athletic director, said. “We’re happy to announce that.”

Roth, department chair for physical education at San Marcos High School, has been coaching for 14 years. From 1997-2000, Roth was an assistant coach for UCSB water polo and then coached for Temple City High from 2000 to ’04. In 2004 he started coaching womens’ swim and water polo. He received the Distinguished Educator of the Year for Santa Barbara County in 2012.

The joint agreement held with San Marcos means there will be no cost for City College to use the facility. Practices will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The athletic department will also be offering an advanced swim class in the fall to get the team ready for the season. The class will be held at San Marcos.

“I gotta see how many units we have available to offer,” Byrne said. “I think that will go at least three days a week at that same time slot.”

With the appointment of the head coach, the swim team will make their home at San Marcos High School pool.

There will be an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 to determine local interest for adding women’s water polo. The community is invited to come and voice their opinions and express their interest in the programs.