Update: Roric Fink has been hired as the new assistant at Texas.
This will not be news to many insiders in the swimming community, but after weeks of rumors, Texas made it official over the weekend that they were seeking a possible replacement for Jim Henry as the assistant women’s coach for the Longhorns with this job listing.
Henry, a 1990 Texas graduate, was on deck in Austin for 7 seasons, including the last two under the title of “Associate Head Coach”. Prior to joining the Longhorn staff, he had an extremely successful run at the University of Denver and built them into one of the country’s mid-major powers. The two-time Sun Belt Conference Head coach of the Year worked predominantly with the distance group in Austin.
Henry was a very popular coach in his time with Austin, and former swimmers have indicated that he was very much a stabilizing force in the tumultuous tenure of Kim Brackin. But new head coach Carol Capitani, as so often happens, has every right to bring in her own assistant that best meshes with her program. This should allow her to develop a fresh start for her reign over the program.
Capitani has not ruled out, at least publicly, bringing Henry back after interviewing other candidates, but as of now they are seeking other options.