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June 25, 2010 > CSEB hires new swim coach

CSEB hires new swim coach

By Kevin Yin

For the first time since the Reagan administration, Cal State East Bay is introducing a new head coach for their women's swim team.

Cal State University-East Bay (CSUEB) announced on Friday, June 18, the hiring of UNLV assistant coach Ben Loorz as head women's swimming coach. Loorz takes over for departing head coach Anthony Garcia, who is retiring after a 24-year tenure as the program's chief.

"I'm really excited at this opportunity," Loorz said. "With the revitalization of the campus and athletic program, it's a very exciting place for me to be."

Loorz, a native of Northern California, graduated from USC in 1999 with a bachelor's of music degree, and completed a master's degree in communication at the University of Utah in 2008.

Loorz has coached all levels of swimming, including club, high school and college, including stops at Cal, Utah and UNLV. This will be Loorz's first opportunity as a college head coach, and he has confidence in his ability to manage a successful program.

"I've had a wide range of responsibilities in my coaching career already," Loorz said. "I've had a lot of experience at different levels, working under coaches who trusted me with a lot of responsibility. Certainly, there are things which I expect will be new, but I feel good about it. I can't wait to get started."

During his three seasons as an assistant at UNLV, Loorz helped guide the squad to three straight conference championships. Loorz understands the measure of commitment it takes to perform at a high level, and he sees no reason why CSUEB shouldn't be similarly successful.

"That's what makes athletics so special," Loorz said. "You can work with a group of individuals to become better than yourself. If we can bring people in the door who have the fire to improve themselves, we can make the Division II championships, no problem."

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