Coach Jeb Beaver and MAC Coaching News

Below, please find a letter from MAC Board President, John Borgersen: 

Jeb Beaver has accepted a position as Assistant Swimming Coach at Towson University . This is an excellent opportunity for Jeb to work with an extremely talented group of swimmers at an NCAA Division One school. He will be primarily working with the women’s team—the 2008 Colonial Athletic Swimming and Diving Champions. Jeb wants all to know that this was an extremely difficult decision for him, but at this point in his life, this was an opportunity he could not pass up. 

MAC is sad to see Jeb go, but we are very supportive of this career move. Jeb and I have had numerous conversations this past week, and as a team we did all we could to try to keep him with our club. In the end, Jeb felt this was a good fit for him with a strong college swimming program. On behalf of the board, I wish Jeb the best of luck and have told him that he will always be part of MAC.  In fact, don’t be surprised to see Jeb around the pool deck helping out when he can, and also working with our swimmers when Towson ’s season ends in May.                           

What is our coaching plan for Age Group I/II next year?  I’m very excited to announce that Jennifer Thackston will be joining our staff. Many of you know Jen—she had a great career at MAC (and still holds numerous Age Group and Open records). She will bring a great deal of energy to our program, is an excellent teacher and great technique coach. She will make a great contribution to our swimmers' success. We will post Jen’s biographical sketch shortly to the Web site.  

Here are the specific coaching assignments. Andy Lehner will serve as the primary coach for Age Group II, with Jen Thackston assisting him on deck. Jen will be the coach for Age Group I, with John Miller assisting her. Andy Lehner will continue to train the Red/Black Group. A complete coaching roster will be posted later this month.  

Jeb will be missed. He has done a tremendous job in helping our swimmers reach their potential. I’m sure many of you will be disappointed that he is leaving. But in the swimming world, change is inevitable. As a Board, we will be prepared to deal with change and provide the best staff possible for our swimmers. Our goal is to create a club that will give every swimmer the opportunity to swim to his/her potential, and we will work hard to ensure this happens.  

Please feel free to e-mail/call if you would like to discuss. 

John Borgersen