COLLEGE STATION, Texas, JUly 26. DOUG Boyd has been named assistant men's swimming coach at Texas A&M, head coach Jay Holmes announced on Friday.
Boyd comes to A&M after being the sprint coach at the University of Michigan for the past two seasons. Boyd is also quite familiar with the area as he was the head coach at Rice from 1998 to 2002. He was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Coach of the Year in 1999 and coached Rice to its first-ever top 25 finish in 2002.
"Doug brings an incredible amount of experience and creativity to our program,” Holmes said. “Every place he has been his people have been swimming fast. He has a passion for swimming and for getting his swimmers to excel. He is the perfect hire for Texas A&M and our swimming program.”
Prior to becoming the head coach at Rice in 1998, Boyd coached eight years at UC-San Diego where he was named the 1998 Division III National Coach of the Year. His men's team at UCSD earned five NCAA runner-up finishes while his women's teams were second four times.
“I'm very excited to be here,” Boyd said. “This is a great opportunity. I've been fortunate enough to work at several great, high profile universities, but this is the first time I feel I'm at a school where all the resources are in place to win a national championship. The swimming facility and the atmosphere of this university are unbelievable.”
Before earning his first head coaching job at UCSD in 1990, Boyd was an assistant at Indiana University for three years and a volunteer assistant at Louisiana State University for one season.
Boyd earned a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications from Indiana in 1986 as well as a master of science degree in sports management and administration in 1990.
As a swimmer, Boyd was the captain of the Hoosier team as a senior in 1986. He earned three All-American honors and was a five-time Big Ten champion. He ranked fourth in the world in the 50-meter freestyle in 1990 and was a member of the U.S. Swimming National Team from 1989-1991.