Wesley Foltz Announced as Addition to UCLA Coaching Staff as Assistant Coach

UCLA has announced the addition of Wesley Foltz as an assistant coach to its staff for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.

“We are thrilled to add Wes to our staff,” said Wolfrum. “Wes stood out in our search with his passion for greatness and commitment to elite swimming. With a strong history of developing great athletes and building elite teams, Wes is an exciting addition to our pool deck. Our team can’t wait to welcome Wes and his family to Westwood.”

Foltz joins UCLA after most recently spending five seasons at Virginia from 2017-2022, where he primarily worked with the sprint group. While at Virginia, the women finished top ten at NCAAs in all four championships (including NCAA team titles in 2021 and 2022) while the men were in the top 10 the final three seasons.

Before coaching at Virginia, Foltz was an assistant coach at NC State for a year. That was his second stop at NC State after beginning his collegiate coaching career with the Wolfpack as a volunteer assistant from 2012-2014.

Although UCLA is beginning in 2024, the team will still be in the Pac-12 for one more season. Foltz brings previous Pac-12 experience as he spent two seasons, from 2014-2016, with USC.

Foltz graduated from Towson University in 2012 with a degree in business management. During his time as a student-athlete, Foltz earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and the Unsung Hero Award in his sophomore season.

This past season, the UCLA women finished fourth at the Pac-12 Championships. They went on to finish 34th at NCAAs, scoring eight points. Rising sophomore Paige MacEachern scored two points as she finished 15th in the 400 IM, and diver Eden Cheng scored two points with a 15th place finish off of the platform event. The team’s 800 free relay finished 15th, scoring four points.

The UCLA women are the latest program to bring in another assistant coach to their program as the NCAA has changed the volunteer assistant and countable paid coaches. Under the new rules, single-gendered swimming and diving programs, such as UCLA, can add another paid coach to their staff.

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3 months ago

What happened to Wes at UVA? He just disappeared before NCAAs in 2022…

Reply to  MarkyMark
3 months ago

Looks like he didn’t coach anywhere last year according to the timeline.

Ghost of Comfort
3 months ago

Dude is a big Carolina Hurricanes hockey fan, which makes him alright in my book. Good luck Wes!

3 months ago

This dude pushed a swimmer at ACCs in 2020 and has a temper. Good luck

Reply to  Bruhmoment
3 months ago

Awesome, just the kind of personality this program needs. Pretty sure there are already enough bullies on the staff without someone who physically bullies someone. Would like to see the UCLA admin clean house before they go and get whooped in a different conference…

Reply to  Bruhmoment
2 months ago

Yeah should slide right in with Wolfrum and her assistant perfectly. Sheesh Gavin, pay attention

Texas Pete
3 months ago

Disaster of a staff gets even more disastrous

Wesley Fan Club
3 months ago

Can’t say enough good things about Wes. The genuine interest he shows in his athletes as not just swimmers, but also people, translates into the incredible results his group consistently delivered at UVA. UCLA is lucky to have him!

3 months ago

Thought UCLA dropped Men’s Swimming?

3 months ago

Wes is the man

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