BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Eric Johnson has been hired as Birmingham-Southern's Assistant Swimming & Diving Coach, Head Coach Toby Wilcox announced today.
Swimming & Diving is a new sport for the college, having been added last year, and will begin competition this winter.
Johnson is originally from Seattle, Wash., and is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain for the Badgers. He is the school record-holder in the 100-yard breaststroke, was a six-time Big 10 finalist, and NCAA qualifier. Johnson was also an Olympic trial qualifier in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.
For the past three years, Johnson has been an age group coach and has coached two Olympic trial qualifiers as well as multiple sectional champions.
Johnson is an 18-year swimming veteran, participating in high school, club (King Aquatics), and summer swim league. He has participated at every level in the sport, including zone qualifier, multiple state champion, Big 10 finalist, NCAA qualifier, national finalist, and Olympic trials qualifier.
Johnson will begin his duties on August 1, 2012.