Arizona has officially named Rick DeMont head swimming and diving coach, athletic director Greg Byrne announced today.
DeMont has been a member of the UA's coaching staff for 25 seasons and was named interim coach on Jan. 20 after Eric Hansen resigned after a leave of absence.
"We're extremely pleased to have someone with Rick DeMont's credentials involved in our swimming and diving program," Byrne said in a statement. "Rick has been a dedicated Wildcat for over a quarter of a century and he's earned the opportunity to lead our program. His resume speaks for itself and we know he'll continue to build on the rich tradition of Arizona swimming."
During his tenure with Arizona, DeMont has coached 22 U.S. Swimming and NCAA individual national champions. As a swimmer, DeMont was a four-year All-American, spending two years at the University of Washington (1973-75) before finishing his career at Arizona (1977-79). He earned eight All-America honors during his two seasons as a Wildcat.
"It's an honor to be named the head swimming and diving coach of such a prestigious program," DeMont said. "I've been completely invested in Arizona swimming since I came here in 1977 to finish my college career. I want to thank Greg Byrne for giving me this opportunity. This is one of the top programs in the country and has been for a number of years and I'm looking forward to the future success I believe we can achieve."