INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 18. ATHLETIC Director John Parry announced last week that R. J. Talyor has been named the interim head coach of the Butler swimming program.
Talyor takes over a program that he is familiar with, having served as an assistant coach with the program since June. He replaces Nichole Ellis, who resigned last month to take a position at the University of Alabama.
"I'm pleased that R. J. is willing to step in and make a bigger commitment to our program," said Parry. "He has a great understanding of our program and our goals and objectives."
Talyor brings six years of coaching experience to Butler, having served as a coach and instructor at Riviera Swim Club in Indianapolis. Currently, he works as an associate project manager for Palmer & Palmer in Carmel, Ind.
He is a member of the Indy SwimFit Masters Swim Team, where he earned USMS distance All-American honors in 2003, winning the national championship in the open water one mile swim and the YMCA Masters national championship in the 200-yd. butterfly.
Talyor, who has traveled to 22 countries over six continents, has also run the Chicago Marathon twice (2003 and 2004).
He received a bachelor of arts degree from DePauw in 2002, graduating with honors. He earned four varsity letters and all-conference accolades at DePauw University, focusing in butterfly and individual medley events.
Butler opened its season Saturday with a dual meet at Valparaiso.