BYU athletics has opted not to renew the contract of head swimming & diving coach John Brooks, director of athletics Tom Holmoe announced on Tuesday. That ends a 9-season run as the program’s men’s and women’s head coach, which included two trips to the NCAA Championships and 4 MPSF titles for the BYU men.
Current assistant coach Shari Skabelund will step in as interim head coach for the 2021-22 season. Skabelund started coaching at BYU as a part-time assistant coach in 1987 and has been with the Cougars ever since. She has worked specifically with the sprint group.
While competing for BYU as a student-athlete, Skabelund won Region 18 titles in the 100-yard individual medley (1978) and the 100-yard butterfly (1980) and qualified for the AIAW Nationals in 1978 and 1979. She was the first woman swimmer at BYU to complete four years of eligibility.
BYU completed its swimming season in February at the MPSF Championship meet, where the men took the team title by 135 points ahead of Hawaii, and the women finished in 2nd place.
The school had 2 athletes compete at the 2021 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships: sophomore diver Mickey Strauss, who finished 33rd on the men’s 1-meter and 41st on the men’s 3-meter, and junior Josue Dominguez, who finished 43rd in the 200 breaststroke and 18th in the 100 breaststroke, just missing the final in the latter by .23 seconds.
BYU has won 4 men’s NCAA event titles in program history, all by freestyler Bud Shields in the 1920s. The men’s program has participated in the NCAA Championships on 20 occasions, with a high finish of 20th place in 1972.
The BYU women have won 3 titles, all by divers, and have been represented at the NCAA Championships 16 times. They placed 11th overall in 1991.
Under Brooks, BYU has had 4 All-Americans win 9 citations. The school has won 62 individual titles, 6 Freshman of the Year honors, 3 Swimmer of the Year honors, and 2 Diver of the Year honors.
SwimSwam has reached out to BYU for more insights into the timing of the decision, but the school has not responded.