Sept. 21, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Chris Swircek, beginning his seventh year with Stanford women's gymnastics team, has been named as the program's associate head coach.
"Chris has been a huge asset to our program," head coach Kristen Smyth said. "He is passionate about gymnastics and dedicated to our student-athletes, Stanford University and our program philosophy. Every year he has taken on more responsibility and has proven himself a great leader and up for any challenge."
Stanford has reached three NCAA Super Six finals, earned four NCAA Top-10 finishes, won three Pac-10 championships and two regional titles since Swircek has been on the staff.
"I'm obviously honored that Kristen recognized my contributions and felt this was something she wanted to do for me," Swircek said. "I appreciate it tremendously."
Swircek has served in a variety of roles while on staff, including primary coaching duties in the vault and uneven bars, and coordinating team travel and overseeing the club and summer camp programs. Now, he will also take on a greater role in recruiting.
Two years ago, he was awarded the 2007 NCAA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Swircek has coached Stanford gymnasts to 19 All-America honors, including 13 first team, on vault and bars. Last season, Carly Janiga and Nicole Ourada each made the NCAA bars final, with Janiga finishing second and Ourada 10th.
Before he came to Stanford, the Omaha, Neb., native coached four Junior Olympic national champions at the West Valley Gymnastics Club, and his 2003 Level 10 team captured a state championship.
"This isn't a job, it's a passion," Swircek said. "I love working with Kristen and coaching the student-athletes at Stanford. It doesn't get any better as a coach than this."