Eugene Godsoe Returns to Stanford as Volunteer Assistant

USA Swimming National Team member Eugene Godsoe will be returning to Palo Alto this fall as a volunteer assistant under new head men’s coach Ted Knapp, the school announced today.

While coaching, Godsoe will continue his swimming career in parallel. This could the beginning of an expanded Stanford post-graduate training program, which has been one of the criticisms of the program in years past.

Godsoe is a former Stanford swimmer who, in 2010, moved to North Carolina to train at SwimMAC with David Marsh. While in Charlotte, he earned his way onto the USA Swimming National Team in both the 100 fly and 100 back.

While a collegiate Cardinal, he was the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 100 back as a senior. All-told, he had 16 All-American honors to his name, and is the school record holder in the 100 back. He also swam the backstroke leg on the Stanford 400 yard medley relay in 2009 where he combined with Paul Kornfeld, Austin Staab, and Alex Coville to break the American Record.

Internationally, Godsoe’s biggest honor was representing the U.S. at the 2011 Pan Am Games, where he took a silver medal in the 100 back. He was also hired by Cesar Cielo’s club Flamengo to race under their banner at the 2012 Maria Lenk Trophy: the country’s premier swimming event.

Ever the talented musician in addition to his skills in the water, there is no word on what Godsoe’s first post-Trials single will be, or what this means for the future of “Take your Mark.” Their latest song can be seen here.

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Wow. Didn’t see that one coming. Good for him, and good for Stanford. Given the results of the 200 back at NCAAs, should be quite a backstroke training group there next year.

One post grad doesn’t make a post grad group…

Randall Stevens

… but maybe Godsoe, BJ Johnson, Jason Dunford, and Alex Coville will start something?

BJ Johnson trains half with PASA, half with Stanford Masters. Dunford is only around for a few more weeks before he leaves for the Grand Prix circuit, and he pretty much trains just on his own. I’m not even sure where/if Coville trains.

Randall Stevens

Knock it if you wanna, I’m just saying, something could get started there.

Johnson would love to be a part of a post-grad group with Godsoe. First hand knowledge of that. Plus, BJ and Eugene together form the ‘BN relay’, so…

This aggression will not stand, man.

Things are definitely going to be different at Stanford this upcoming season. I’m very excited to see how things turn out and I feel that all of these changes in the program are for the better. And I agree, with Godsoe as a volunteer assistant coach, that is going to be one heck of a backstroke group. As far as I know, Stanford has the top three returning 200 backstrokers. Obviously there are some names that are in serious contention (Cal’s Pebley comes to mind), but this will be exciting. Possible 1-2-3 sweep? When was the last time that happened at NCAA’s on the men’s side? Does anyone know?


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