Santa Barbara Swim Club Hires New Head Coach
The Santa Barbara Swim Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Head Coach, Rick Hancock who will start with the club in early March. Rick most recently was the Associate Head Coach at Memphis Tiger Swimming in Tennessee where he was primarily responsible for coaching the senior level swimmers, oversaw a staff of eight and helped manage the team for new growth and development. Prior to the Memphis Tigers team, Rick was the Head Age Group Coach of the Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club for almost 6 years. During his time there he helped double the size of the program and developed and coached numerous successful swimmers including: multiple top 16 National Age Group ranked swimmers, and a number one finisher; SES (Southeastern Swimming) champions, Southern Zone champions, NCSA Juniors and USA Swimming Futures qualifiers. In 2015-16, the 11-12 and 13-14 boys were the SES Team Champions. He helped MTAC also gain three top 200 finishes in the Virtual Club Championship and achieve two Bronze Medal awards with USA Swimming. He previously was also the founder, head coach and aquatics director of LTP Racing Club in South Carolina.
Rick states, “I’m thrilled to be joining the SBSC and Southern California Swimming families, both have such a rich history of storied success. I’m humbled, too, for the opportunity to be part of these swimming communities, and I ‘m looking forward to getting started on new beginnings!”
Rick was a successful collegiate swimmer at the University of Virginia where in his freshman year he helped UVA capture its sixth straight ACC title. He was a two-time ACC team champion, ACC bronze medalist in the 100 breaststroke, two-time Academic All American, six-time MVP Award and four-time Leadership Award winner.
Rick grew up in South Carolina where his father owned a recreation pool. Being around the pool it was natural that Rick and his older sisters became successful swimmers. Both of his sisters swam in college (Georgia Tech and Duke) and one went on to coach at Auburn.