LINCOLN, England, December 21. MARC Spackman, a former Olympian and World Championships competitor for Great Britan, has been appointed head coach of the Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club. A 26-year-old, Spackman was a member of the British 800 freestyle relay during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Spackman, formerly an assistant coach with the club, will take control of the head-coaching duties at the start of the new year. He replaces Graham Bassi. A committee formed by the Vulcans ultimately selected Spackman for his new role. In 2000, Spackman earned a silver medal in the 800 free relay at the World Short Course Championships.
"We promoted from within the setup because Marc's shown great dedication and enthusiasm for the club. He's been working closely with British Swimming and we felt he was the natural successor to take the program forward," said Terry Allen, the chairman of the Lincoln Vulcans. "We believe he's got the necessary qualities, as an ex-Olympian, for the role and he has the club's total support. Lincoln Vulcans needed to ensure continuity of the program and Marc will bring that."