Tyler McGill to Fill Vacant Position on Auburn Staff; Hang Up Goggles After U.S. Open

Auburn will hire Tyler McGill to fill the assistant coaching spot on the staff when Sammy Busch left to join his brother at Virginia (a move still as of yet not officially announced by UVA), according to sources close to the program.

McGill is an alumni of Auburn, meaning that every single member of the Auburn swimming coaching staff, including strength coach Bryan Karkoska, is an Auburn alum. The lone defector is diving coach Jeff Shaffer, the head diving coach, who went to Wisconsin.

McGill has been training at Auburn as a post-graduate since finishing his NCAA career in 2010 with a pair of relay titles, and a 2009 runner-up finish in the 100 fly. He won an individual bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in the same event, and won a gold medal at the Olympics as a prelims swimmer in the 400 medley relay. McGill failed to make the World Championship squad in 2013.

The Auburn staff will head into the 2013-2014 season as follows:

Brett Hawke, head swimming coach (Class of ’10)
John Hargis, associate head coach (Class of ’99)
Jeff Shaffer, head swimming coach (Wisconsin Class of ’80)
Richard Long, assistant coach (Class of ’05)
Tyler McGill, assistant coach (Class of ’10)
Demarae Christensen, assistant coach (Class of ’04)
Bryan Karkoska, strength coach (Class of ’94)

McGill is expected to train through the U.S. Open, and then turn his attention to coaching full-time. As the position was not official yet, neither McGill nor Auburn could make any comment.

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so does this mean that he has given up swimming/training for Rio 2016? Well he does have a lil one to think about soon. Congrats to him


Brett Hawke graduated in 2010? A regular Van Wilder!


Still astonished that Brett snuck in when he did, he didn’t even have a degree when he was hired. Think he was forced to get one when he took the position. Auburn just loves to bring in the international swimmers.

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