Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens revealed via Twitter today that he will be returning to Austin to serve as a volunteer assistant for the University of Texas.
Berens is a former swimmer for Eddie Reese and the Longhorns, but since graduating in 2010 has been living and training at USC with the Trojan Swim Club.
And here’s the bigger news – When asked by a follower if he would be swimming there or just coaching, he said “And will be swimming.” That means that Berens has reconsidered his previous announcement that he would be retiring.
Berens now has three Olympic medals: two golds from the 2008 and 2012 800 free relays, and a silver from the 2012 400 free relay.
While at Texas as an undergrad, Berens was one of the keys, and probably the key, to the 2010 NCAA Championship Team. He was also the recipient of 21 NCAA All-American awards, and a part of two NCAA Championship 800 free relay teams. He will be volunteering with the program alongside another former Longhorn great, and Olympic gold medalist, Ian Crocker.