AU Swimming & Diving Take on Eddie Reese and the Texas Longhorns Under the Direction of Gary Taylor


The Auburn University swimming and diving team welcomed in Gary Taylor as their head coach back in April and over the course of those eight months the team has enjoyed the new perspective.

“They seem to mix it up which is exciting,” says Auburn senior swimmer Bailey Nero.

“It’s been a pretty unique and incredible experience. I’ve kind of almost looked at it as a live case study of what you can be presented with,” says Auburn senior swimmer Russell Noletto.

Taylor replaces long time Auburn head coach Brett Hawke, who spent the last nine seasons on the Plains.

So far, the transition has been a smooth one.

“I think that there’s been a change in level of expectations. I think that they’ve been really positive and motivated and motivating to one another on a daily basis, and that’s really what we are trying to accomplish in year one,” says Auburn swimming and diving head coach Gary Taylor.

This week Auburn prepares for four time defending NCAA champion Texas just a month out from the SEC tournament.

The men’s team is currently ranked second in the country and the women ranked first. The men are coached by Eddie Reese who coached at Auburn back in the ’70s.

“I think it’s special for him. It’s special for him to be back here. You know I hope one day if my career is a fraction of what his has been I’ll be pretty happy with the way things ended,” says coach Taylor.

“Luckily we’ve had this dual meet every year since I was a freshman and they’re tough and it’s going to be really tough, but I know us and I know that we’re tough because we have been through a lot, so it’s going to be a good meet,” says Nero.

Tomorrow’s dual meet with Texas will begin at 2pm central time in the James E. Martin aquatic center, as the Auburn Tigers continue on their road to the SEC tournament.

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