Eric Hansen, head coach of the Arizona swimming and diving program, is taking a leave of absence.
There has been no comment for the reason behind his leave of absence, only this brief statement from Director of Athletics Greg Byrne:
“Coach Eric Hansen is currently attending to personal matters that require him to be away from his coaching responsibilities. We wish Eric the best during this time. Associate Head Coach Rick DeMont will provide leadership to the program in Eric’s absence.”
Hansen is an Arizona Wildcats alum, and he’s had great success in his second year as head coach. The men earned a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships and five national titles, notably Kevin Cordes’ 1:48 200 breaststroke win that stunned the Indy crowd.
SwimSwam was unable to reach Hansen for comment.
This NCAA powerhouse is in good hands under associate head coach Rick DeMont, who is in his 25th season on the Wildcat coaching staff. DeMont is a former world record holder in the 400 meter freestyle.