Roric Fink Out As Associate Head Coach For Texas Women

Associate head coach Roric Fink is no longer part of the Texas women’s swimming & diving program. Fink’s name no longer appears on the team’s roster and the position is listed as open on Texas’s employment site. Fink confirmed to SwimSwam that he was leaving the program.

Fink had been coaching the Texas women’s program for eight seasons. He was an assistant coach from 2012 to 2017 before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2017-2018 season. Fink had previously coached at Missouri (two seasons as associate head coach) and Arizona (seven seasons as an assistant coach).

The current Texas roster shows only two full-time coaches: head coach Carol Capitani and diving coach Matt ScogginMeanwhile the University of Texas posted a job listing yesterday for an assistant coach on the women’s swimming & diving staff. Per public records, Fink’s salary was $82,000 last year, plus any supplemental money from things like swim camps.

Fink had been Capitani’s top assistant every year since she took the Texas job in 2012. In 2019, the Longhorns had their best NCAA finish of the Capitani/Fink era, placing 5th nationally. The team had six top-10 finishes under that staff in seven NCAA Championships.

In 2020, Texas had 5 female swimmers qualify for the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships, which was the lowest count of the Carol Capitani era (which previously was 8 qualifiers in 2015).

We’ve asked the school for comment on Fink’s departure, but have not yet received a response.

Update: Texas confirmed that Fink is no longer part of the program, but had no comment on his departure.

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Coach
7 months ago

Roric is a really good guy. Best of luck to him on his next chapter.

Flybkbrfr
7 months ago

R.F. to USC?

KEVINM
Reply to  Flybkbrfr
7 months ago

fingers crossed. that would be awesome

swimmertx
Reply to  Flybkbrfr
7 months ago

Was wondering the same thing. Any news as of recent?

hmm
Reply to  Flybkbrfr
7 months ago

let the rumors begin

Coach1
7 months ago

Clearly Coach Roric is a scapegoat. He’s a fantastic coach and an even better person. He cares about the kids as more than just athletes. He helps them to reach their potential in the pool and classroom!

John
Reply to  Coach1
7 months ago

Clearly? Can you elaborate to the casual swim fan?

sven
Reply to  Coach1
7 months ago

You say it’s clear, but scapegoat for what?

Coach1
Reply to  sven
7 months ago

They had a terrible season and needed to put the blame on someone.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach1
7 months ago

Just like a head football coach under pressure of job loss firing a defensive coordinator. Could be that.

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