Paul Stafford, well-known as the coach of California’s Terrapins Swim Team, will move to Arizona to take over Tucson Ford Aquatics, the team announced via Twitter tonight.
We are excited to introduce Paul Stafford as the new Head Coach of Ford Aquatics! We welcome him to the Tucson community! @swimswamnews
— Tucson Ford Aquatics (@FordAquatics) September 19, 2014
Stafford has coached a number of big-time athletes while with the Terrapins, including now-USC sophomore Chelsea Chenault and rising butterfly sensation Justin Lynch. Stafford helped start the Terrapins back in 1989.
He’ll take over for departed Johno Fergusson, the South African coach who resigned back in August. Tucson is another very high-profile club, one of the top organizations in Arizona. It also boasts a strong pro contingent that includes Olympic champ Matt Grevers and is the summer club for most of the University of Arizona’s top athletes.