In stunning news late Tuesday afternoon Notre Dame women’s head swimming & diving coach Brian Barnes has resigned from his position, effective immediately, for personal and family reasons.
Barnes had been the program’s head coach for the last 6 years, including leading them to a 16th-place finish at last year’s NCAA Championship meet and coaching Emma Reaney to the American Record in the 200 yard breaststroke. Barnes plans to take at least a year away from collegiate coaching to spend time at home with his children. His wife passed away on April 18th, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
“I’ve loved every minute that I’ve been involved with women’s swimming and diving at Notre Dame. I’ve simply come to a point where my family needs to become the top priority for me. I need to focus more of my time and attention on my two children, and realistically I cannot do that and make the commitment I would need to make with the swimming and diving program,” said Barnes, who notified his team late this afternoon, in a statement.
“I appreciate the understanding and the personal support that Jack Swarbrick and the rest of the staff have provided these last few years. My team has been great as well, and I will miss the day-to-day involvement with all of them. However, this is a decision I needed to make for my own well-being and that of my family.”
Notre Dame has not yet announced a plan for his successor. The Notre Dame website currently lists Caiming Xie as the program’s head diving coach still, with two volunteer assistants (josh Skube and Annie Eaton) plus Ryan Von Gunten, the team’s “Operations Specialist.”
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