Monday, June 24, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 149



New swimming coach named

Cougar Sports Services

Mark Taylor was named the new head coach of the UH swimming and diving team Friday.

"Mark has an outstanding record, and we received recommendations from all over the world, literally," University of Houston athletic director Dave Maggard said. "He has good international contacts and earned a great deal of respect in the swimming community here in the United States."

Taylor brings both college and international experience to the job. He most recently served as head coach of Swim Team Odene 95, a program in Denmark with more than 3,000 athletes.

Taylor has also coached swimmers at the Olympics and other major international competitions. He was an assistant coach for Team Denmark, which he coached at the World Championships in Moscow this spring. He coached four swimmers at the 2000 Olympics: Camilla Johnson (Sweden), Juan Beltran (Mexico), Arunas Savickas (Lithuania) and Darius Griglionas (Lithuania).

Pin Lim/The Daily Cougar

The swimming and diving team finally has a new head coach in Mark Taylor, who was hired to replace former coach Ginger Hurley on Friday.

He was an assistant coach at Arizona State from 1994-98, and simultaneously the head coach of Mesa Aquatics, a swimming club in the area. Mesa Aquatics captured Arizona championships in 1994, 1996 and 1998.

The one thing Taylor does not bring is previous NCAA head coaching experience, a qualification that was supposed to be a top priority in the search.

Taylor replaces Ginger Hurley, who left the University in April after being told her contract would not be renewed.

Taylor earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Arizona State in 1998. He has two sons, Troy and Zane, with his wife Lorraine.

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