Club President Brett Jones announced that Jason Brown will be the next head coach of the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils.
Jones said he believes Brown is the ideal coach to take the club forward, explaining, “We’ve interviewed a large number of very qualified candidates. Jason has the ideal mix of experience and enthusiasm. We’re extremely happy to have him join us.”
Brown has eight years of previous coaching experience with Aqua Aces Swim Club (Bakersfield). He is the son of Mark Brown, who has coached the Aqua Aces for more than 25 years, and is currently an assistant at Garces Memorial High School.
“I see many similarities between the Taz and the Aces,” said Brown. “Both are recreational-competitive programs, and both have a long tradition of excellence.
“I’ve learned a lot from my Dad, both as an athlete and a coach,” he continued. “He’s been doing this for over 25 years, and learning from him has definitely been an advantage. I understand what it is like to coach for a program with high expectations. I can’t wait to get going with the kids.”
Brown swam for Garces Memorial High School, where he was a top 10 finisher in the Southern Section Meet. His teammates included Larson Jenson, who medaled in freestyle events at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, and also Kohlton Norys, who became Auburn University’s first NCAA champion in the backstroke.
Brett Tilley, a member of the club’s Coaching Committee, also expressed enthusiasm for the club’s future.
“We’ve won the league title five times in the last decade, Tilley said.”Last year the club received the league’s Sportsmanship Award. Our community just completed a$1 million renovation of the swim facility, including a new digital racing scoreboard. Now we have a very experienced and energetic coach joining us. We’re very excited about the coming season!”
After being formally announced as the new coach, Brown promised an agenda that includes a continued emphasis on sportsmanship, a fun, enthusiastic atmosphere, and an emphasis on training and technique.
“My specialties are starts and turns,” said Brown. “Conditioning is definitely important but technique, especially at the ends of the pool, is the key to faster times. I’m excited to help each of our swimmers set goals and to attain them over the course of the season.”
Brown replaces Mike Smith, who stepped down earlier this year after two years at the helm. Smith led the team to a 10-2 dual meet record and consecutive runner-up finishes at the Suburban Swim League Championships.
“Mike did a great job for us, and I know his decision to leave was very difficult,” said Jones. “We definitely wish him the best.”
The Taz are now in the process of registering for the 2011 season. Practices begin Monday, May 2. The Devils open the 2011 campaign on June 4 at home against the Loomis Basin Dolphins. More information is available at www.edhtaz.org+.