December 4, 2013
It is with mixed feelings that Coach Gray Tedder has informed the Executive Committee that he has chosen to pursue his desire to coach college level swimming and has accepted a position to Coach for a swim team in Bakersfield, California, and as an assistant coach at University of California-Bakersfield. Coach Gray said that this was a very difficult decision for him to leave SAC. He grew up in our club, and after returning to coach our swimmers, he has seen the growth and potential of what was once his junior teammates develop into some amazing athletes.
We are all familiar with the excellent coaching that has been provided by Saxon Simpson. Joining Saxon will be Josh Stanfield, who is an Assistant Coach at Gardner-Webb University, until we can find a permanent replacement for Coach Gray. Saxon will coach Hammerheads, Tigersharks, and both Mako groups while Josh will be coaching our Senior group.
Josh has an impressive background as a swimmer and a coach. A four-year letterman at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, he held the Volunteer Assistant Coach position at Southwestern in addition to holding an age group coaching role at Nitro Swimming in Cedar Park, Texas. At Southwestern, he was part of the staff that guided their team to fourteen new school records, including a NCAA qualifier and a conference champion. He also played a valuable role in helping Southwestern’s women’s swim team achieve a national College Swimming Coaches Association of America ranking in overall GPA. At Nitro Swimming, he was the primary coach for multiple individual state champions, as well as several sectional and national qualifiers and his contributions to the club’s 14 & under program led to five consecutive State Championships. His undying dedication to the sport earned him Southwestern’s “Pirate Anchor Award” describing the male student-athlete most dedicated to the university, community, and team.
Any transition to a coaching staff can be a bit of a challenge, but we are sure that both Saxon’s and Josh’s tenacity, dedication, and hard work will continue to lead our Sharks to new heights.
There will be a few schedule changes necessary to accommodate bringing Josh on deck and adding the Makos to Saxon’s calendar, but we are sure these will be easily implemented. The finalized practice schedule for January and February will be released soon.
Coach Gray’s last day with the Sharks will be January 4th at the completion of the SAC BRSL Quad meet.
We want to thank Gray for all that he has done for the team and support him in this opportunity and wish him all the best in his new position in California.
The Executive Committee has named a Search and Recruitment Committee to find a permanent replacement for the team.