Morales Named Women's Coach at Nebraska -- July 30, 2001
LINCOLN, Neb., July 30. TO the surprise of no one, former U.S. Olympic gold medalist and 11-time NCAA champion, Pablo Morales, was named the head coach of the University of Nebraska women's swimming and diving program, Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced
Nebraska has no men's team. Byrne killed the program several months ago saying there was no money to support it.
Persistent rumors in Lincoln indicate that the women's program may not last more than another year if Byrne has his way. Byrne was also responsible for killing men's swimming at the University of Oregon, where he was AD before coming to Nebraska.
Byrne said Morales was a perfect fit for the Nebraska program. "We are thrilled to have someone with the world-wide reputation of Pablo Morales as the new women's swimming coach at Nebraska," Byrne said, according to a press release.
"We are committed to offering outstanding opportunities to Nebraska student-athletes, and Pablo's addition is an excellent example of that
commitment. He will fit well with the outstanding array of current Nebraska coaches," Byrne is alleged to have said.
Morales, who becomes the fifth women's swimming and diving head coach in school history, said the opportunity to lead Nebraska's rich tradition with
ten top-20 NCAA team finishes and 10 individual Olympians over the past 17 seasons was too good to pass up.
Nebraska had an equally rich tradition in men's swimming before the team, with over 70 years of tradition, was summarily executed by Byrne.
Morales and his wife, Viviana, are the parents of two sons, Sam, 2, and Benjamin, seven weeks.