Texas swimming & diving associate head coach Kris Kubik announced his retirement Monday after 34 seasons with the program. Kubik coached under Texas head coach Eddie Reese from 1979-1981 and again from 1986-2016.
“There is a time in everyone’s career, be it coaching or whatever profession they so choose, that the chapter should close and one should move on to the next page and see what that holds,” Kubik said in a press release. “There’s not a defining moment for me in terms of why this is occurring right now.”
Kubik helped Reese lead Texas to 12 NCAA team titles, including back-to-back championships the past two seasons. The two also won conference team titles in 33 of their 34 seasons together and produced 32 Olympians. He was inducted into the UT Athletics Men’s Hall of Fame in 2011. Most recently, he helped the Longhorns win the 2016 NCAA championship. Four Longhorns from that team will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“He has made it his primary tenet to take care of the guys on the team and take care of me,” Reese said in a press release. “Kris has never worried about himself this whole time. There is no chance of ever replacing Kris, and we will miss him dearly.”
In addition to his accomplishments with Reese and Texas, Kubik also has a decorated national resume. He was an assistant for Team USA during the 2007 Pan American Games, and was a special assistant with Team USA during the 2008 Olympics.
“I hope when people reflect back on Kris Kubik, they would say quite simply that he cared and it showed,” Kubik said in a press release. “I don’t know if I always did the right thing for people, but I tried to. I always listened to my heart and strived to do what was best for each swimmer and diver.”