Auburn Hires Houston’s Ryan Wochomurka As New Head Coach

Auburn has hired Ryan Wochomurka from the mid-major power Houston Cougars as its new head women’s and men’s swimming & diving coach.

He will replace Gary Taylor, who in conjunction with Auburn “mutually parted ways” last week after neither the men’s or women’s teams scored at the NCAA Championship meet.

Wochomurka is an Auburn alumnus who represented the school during its heyday in the mid-2000s. As an athlete, Wochomurka helped Auburn win three NCAA team titles in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He broke into coaching with a fast-rising Louisville program, rising to Associate Head Coach and Men’s Recruiting Coordinator.

He’s been with the University of Houston since 2015 – in fact, his hiring at Auburn comes on the exact day (April 23) that he was hired in Houston six years ago. When he took over, the Houston women were coming off of a 6th-place finish in their first season in the AAC. Houston was 6th again in Wochomurka’s first year, then rose to 3rd in 2016 and won the next five conference titles.

Just under three years ago, Auburn hired Taylor away from NC State. Taylor took over for former head coach Brett Hawkewho had coached the Auburn Tigers for a decade before resigning in the spring of 2018.

During Taylor’s tenure, the Auburn men placed 40th at NCAAs in 2019 and didn’t score in 2021. The Auburn women were 12th in 2019, but did not score in 2021. At SECs, the men were 8th out of 10 programs in 2019, 2020, and in 2021. The women were 6th of 12 programs in 2019, 5th of 12 in 2020, and 9th of 12 in 2021. Both programs also had multiple athletes in the NCAA transfer portal: at least 5 men and 4 women from the Auburn program were in the portal this season.

Auburn is the fourth SEC program with a coaching change this offseason. Coley Stickels resigned at Alabama midway through the season, with Ozzie Quevedo finishing out the season and Margo Geer taking over next season. South Carolina moved on from McGee Moody in a mutual agreement, hiring away Florida women’s head coach Jeff Poppell to fill the spot. That caused Florida to re-combine its men’s and women’s programs under men’s head coach Anthony Nesty.

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This Guy
2 months ago

Great hire! Congrats!

2 months ago

Great hire. Auburn needed someone with head coaching experience and he did well at Houston.

Old Swim Coach
2 months ago

Great choice!

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