Raleigh, North Carolina native Michael Baric has been hired as a full-time assistant coach, the program announced on Friday, effective immediately. Baric previously worked as an administrative and operations assistant since 2016.
This is Baric’s first college coaching job since graduating from nearby University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) in 2014 with a degree in history with a minor in psychology. He previously worked as a manager for the University of Florida while working on his master’s degree in sports management.
While at UNCW, Baric was a captain of the men’s team as both a junior and a senior, and he interned with the athletic department during his last year there. He set school records in the 100 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, and earned 11 All-CAA honors in the pool. He also won the Seahawk Award for character, leadership and commitment to the swimming team as a senior.
Baric, while new to college coaching, does have experience at the club level – having worked with the Marlins of Raleigh and the Gator Swim Club. He continued training after completing his NCAA career and qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials while swimming with Wolfpack Elite Swim Club – the post-grad group based out of rival NC State’s program.
UNC had an opening on their staff after Michael Brooks was hired as the new head coach of the King Aquatic Club near Seattle in late July. Brooks was also the head coach of the North Carolina Aquatic Club, where he was replaced by Steve Brown.
Baric is now the 6th full-time member of the staff led by head coach Rich DeSelm. Abel Sanchez is the diving coaches, and Baric joins Duncan Sherrard, Christy Garth and Sean Quinn as assistant swim coaches.
UNC opened their season last week against Georgia, with both the men’s and women’s teams losing. The UNC women were 17th at NCAAs last year with 73 points, while the men placed 36th with 6 points.