Rick Hancock Hired As Santa Barbara Swim Club Head Coach

Retta Race
by Retta Race 8

February 27th, 2019 Club, News

Rick Hancock has been hired by the Santa Barbara Swim Club Board of Directors as Head Coach of the club. A former Associate Head Coach at Memphis Tiger Swimming in Tennessee and Head Age Group Coach of the Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club, Hancock has had several top 16 nationally ranked age groupers and NCSA Juniors qualifiers under his tutelage.

Hancock himself was a two-time ACC team champion as part of the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the SBSC and Southern California Swimming families, both have such a rich history of storied success,” Hancock said. “I’m humbled, too, for the opportunity to be part of these swimming communities, and I’m looking forward to getting started on new beginnings.” (Noozhawk.com)

Per its website, the Santa Barbara Swim Club (SBSC) is a year-round youth and adult swim program serving the Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria, California communities. SBSC has produced Olympians, World Champions, NCAA Champions, National Records, Southern California Record, CIF Champions, and Channel League Champions. SBSC alumni often continue their competitive swimming careers at D1, D2, and D3 universities across the country.

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Larry Liebowitz

Good luck Rick! I still miss Santa Barbara


Formerly of Memphis Thunder– one of the top programs in the Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas Tristate Area. Will be a great addition to Santa Barbara’s program.


Hope he got a good pay raise! Cost of living in Santa Barbara is just a touch higher than Memphis.


Even with a good pay raise, will any swim coach afford a home in SB


Doubtful…even the UCSB coaches barely crack a six figure income. The median home value in Santa Barbara is $1,170,200

Ken Hancock

Those were my first thoughts, too. But he’s marrying well, he owns a good tent, and he’s crazy about Ramen Noodles 🙂

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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