STANFORD, California, August 20. FORMER Stanford standout and current USA National Team member Eugene Godsoe will join the men's swimming staff as a volunteer assistant coach, as announced recently by Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp.
“Eugene brings the experience and knowledge of being a recent Stanford graduate — and even more recently a post-graduate from the highly acclaimed SwimMac program under the direction of David Marsh — to the pool deck,” Knapp said. “Both the staff and swimmers will interact with Eugene in bringing innovation and enthusiasm to training on a daily basis.
“During his years as a swim team member, Eugene had great communication skills along with being one of the true stroke technicians to come through the Stanford program. These attributes will continue to benefit the team.”
Godsoe has trained since 2010 under Marsh, a legendary Olympics and NCAA champion coach, while competing for the United States in multiple international meets. Most recently, Godsoe placed fifth in the 100m backstroke at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a time ranking him 14th in the world.
“I'm beyond thrilled to get back to Stanford and use some of my experiences both in and out of the pool to help the Cardinal reach new heights,” Godsoe said. “I truly believe there is not a better place in the world to be a student-athlete than Stanford, so to come back and be a part of the rich tradition again is incredibly exciting.”
No stranger to success in a Cardinal uniform, Godsoe left Stanford as the program's record holder in the 100-yard back while also winning the event at the 2010 NCAA Championships. During that same meet, Godsoe placed third overall in both the 200-yard back and 100-yard fly.
A 16-time All-American, Godsoe was part of the Cardinal 400-yard medley relay squad which set the American record in that event.
Godsoe finished fourth in the 100m fly and fifth in the 100m back at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships. He was a four-time silver medalist at the 2012 Pan American Games in the 100m backstroke, butterfly, and 400 medley and freestyle relays.
The silver medalist in the 100m back at the 2011 Pan American Games also shelved finishes of 13th in the 100m back and 14th in the 200m back at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
As a junior at Stanford, Godsoe was fifth in both the 100- and 200-yard back at the NCAA Championships. His sophomore season culminated with a sixth-place showing in the 100-yard back and a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard back.
The eight-time North Carolina state champion in the 100-yard back and 100-yard fly was an All-American all four years at Southeast Guilford High School. During his senior prep season, Godsoe was ranked No. 1 nationally in the 100-yard back (48.76) and fourth in the 100-yard fly (48.47).
Godsoe graduated from Stanford in 2010 with a degree in international relations political science.
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