South African Johno Fergusson has resigned as the head coach of Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics effective August 5th, he confirmed to SwimSwam earlier this week.
Fergusson has been the head coach of the program based on the University of Arizona campus since 2011. The team, composed of age groupers up to pros, and as the club of record for most University of Arizona swimmers during USA Swimming meets, has a big footprint in swimming in the United States. They placed 8th in the combined team scoring at the U.S. National Championships three weeks ago.
“On Tuesday August 5th, I formally handed in my resignation to the Ford Aquatics board,” Fergusson said. “Since joining Ford in August of 2011, I have seen the club grow in strength and size. We achieved a silver medal status this past season and will be again this coming season. We won multiple senior state championships and placed in the top ten at Western Zone Sectionals. We also have committed over 90% of our seniors in college swimming programs. I am very proud of the work I have done with Ford Aquatics.”
Fergusson is engaged to former NCAA Champion and U.S. National Team swimmer Maggie Meyer, and says that his relationship is an important part of his decision.
“As a coach, I am always seeking new challenges and to grow my knowledge base of the sport, this was the next step in my ‘evolution’ and coaching career,” Fergusson continued via email from South Africa. “Having a new fiancé in my life, was also a factor in my decision and wanting to find opportunities closer to her.”