HEAD SWIMMING COACH
MARK TAYLOR HC posted the fastest time in the 400-yard individual medley. The Hungarian duo broke
previous records that had stood for at least 15 years.
f Roseburg, Ore. And once again, the Cougar Swimming and Diving program ranked among the
f Arizona State University (2001) finest groups of UH student-athletes with 12 competitors being named to the Confer-
f Eighth season at UH ence USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
That kind of success is nothing new for Taylor during his tenure in the Bayou City.
He led the Cougars to a 20th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships, tying as the
best performance by UH at that prestigious meet since 1986-87.
Taylor’s Cougar swimmers and divers also excelled in the classroom where they
posted a combined 3.37 grade point average. That mark was ranked No. 18 nationally
and earned the Cougars an Academic All-American Team designation by the College
Mark Taylor begins his eighth season as the head coach of the University of Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Houston swimming team. In 2003-04, Taylor led the Cougars to one of the best seasons in school history. UH
In 2008, Taylor helped lead the Cougars to their best season yet under his guid- posted nine dual-meet victories to set a new school single-season record with three of
ance. Houston achieved a 10-6 record at dual meets while breaking 15 school records, those wins coming against Conference USA opponents.
including every single relay event. When UH hosted the 2004 Conference USA Championship at its own Campus
Houston finished second at the Conference USA Championships with 623 points. Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium, the Cougars finished third, the best showing
This was the highest the Cougars have placed at the event. Three athletes took home ever and the highest finish at any conference meet since 1985-86.
conference individual awards including, Sasha Schwendenwein as the Swimmer of With 36 points at the 2004 NCAA Championships, the Cougars finished 22nd
the Year, Anastasia Pozdniakova as the Diver of the Year and Jessalyn Almond as the nationally and enjoyed their fourth consecutive finish among the Top 25 leaders.
Freshman Diver of the Year. In addition to the honors his athletes earned, Taylor himself After stepping into the job in the summer of 2002, Taylor wasted little time in
was named the C-USA Swimming Coach of the Year. building the Cougars back into a national power, finishing 20th at the 2003 NCAA
The team finished in 17th place at the NCAA Championships. It was Houston’s Championships.
highest finish since 1986 and the ninth consecutive year to finish among the Top 30. Although the team won only three dual meets in 2002-03, it was the highest win
Schwendenwein took home 16th place in the 200-yard butterfly en route to earning total by a first-year UH swimming and diving coach in program history.
All-American honors. This was the highest finish by a Cougar in an NCAA swimming The Roseburg, Ore., native brought a wealth of international experience to the
final since 1989. Cougar program upon his arrival in 2002. Prior to starting at UH, Taylor worked with the
Following the collegiate season, Taylor was an assistant coach for Kim Eeson and Danish swimming team at the 2002 European Championships in Berlin, the 2002 World
her native country of Zimbabwe at the FINA World Championships. Championships in Moscow and the 2001 European Championships in Antwerp.
In 2007-08, Taylor helped the Cougars to a 28th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Before coming to UH, Taylor served as head coach of Swim Team Odense 95 in
Championships. This was the Cougars’ eight consecutive year to finish among the Top Denmark, supervising a program with more than 3,000 athletes, including several
30 in the NCAA Championships. Houston had another winning season, finishing 9-8 world-ranked swimmers.
in the regular season.
In 2006-07, Taylor helped lead the Cougars to one
of the finest seasons in school history. With 18 dual-meet
wins, UH set a single-season record, doubling the previ-
ous best. He also moved his career winning percentage
in dual meets above the .500 mark, the highest of any
coach in program history.
The Cougars also earned 38 points at the 2007
NCAA Championships to finish 23rd, the seventh straight
season that UH has finished in the Top 25 at the nation’s
highest collegiate meet.
In 2005-06, Taylor led the Cougars to a 9-8 overall
record and 23rd-place showing at the NCAA Champion-
ships. The Cougars’ win total tied a then-program single-
season high and marked the second time in the last three
seasons that UH accomplished that feat.
Besides the overall team success, several Cougar
swimmers enjoyed tremendous individual success under
Taylor’s guidance. Five swimmers combined to record 50
of the school’s fastest times in 12 different individual
events and six relay events.
Szintia Szanto established school records in the
100- and 200-yard breaststroke events as well as the
200-yard individual medley, while Andrea Pa’lmai
HEAD SWIMMING COACH
One of his athletes -- Louise Ornstedt -- placed fourth in the 100 backstroke at THE TAYLOR FILE
the World Short Course Championships in Moscow in April 2002.
Taylor joined the college coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Arizona State from Full Name: Mark James Taylor
Date of Birth: January 28, 1961
1994 to 1998. During his stay in Tempe, Taylor helped lead the Sun Devils to consecutive
Hometown: Roseburg, Ore.
top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1995 and 1996. He also coached Pac-10
Named UH Head Coach: June 21, 2002
and NCAA individual champion Beata Kazuba in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke
events as she became the first female to break the “magic” 1-minute mark. EDUCATION
In 1997 and 1998, Taylor worked with the ASU men’s program and helped lead the • Satellite Beach High School, Satellite Beach, Fla. 1979
Sun Devils to back-to-back Top 11 finishes at the NCAA Championships. He also helped • Arizona State University, B.A. in recreation management 2001
coach Pac-10, NCAA individual champion and world champion Francisco Sanchez in
the 50 freestyle. FAMILY
In addition to his collegiate duties at Arizona State, Taylor also was the head Wife: The former Lorraine Mills
coach of Mesa Aquatics from 1994 to 2000, a swimming club with more than 120 Children: Sons Troy Nicholas and Zane Benjamin
members. Under his guidance, Mesa Aquatics captured Arizona championships in
1994, 1996 and 1998.
• 2002- Houston, Head Swimming & Diving Coach
Taylor returned to university studies and earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation
• 2001-02 Odense, Denmark, Head Coach
management from Arizona State in 2001. • 2000-01 Breidablik, Iceland, Head Coach
Besides his collegiate coaching, Taylor brings international and Olympic experi- • 1994-00 Mesa Aquatics, Head Coach
ence to the Cougar program. He has assisted several National Teams -- Denmark, • 1994-98 Arizona State, Assistant Coach
Iceland, Lithuania and Great Britian -- as well as individual athletes from 15 countries • 1991-94 Waltham Forest Swimming Club, Head Coach
to European, Olympic and World performances. • 1990-91 Coventry Swimming Club, Head Age Group Coach
His swimmers have performed in each of the last four Olympics. • 1988-90 Ft. Myers High School, Head Coach
In 1996, Taylor worked as the head coach of the Lithuanian Olympic Team, a squad • 1987-90 Swim Florida, Assistant Coach
which broke 12 national records and posted four Top-16 finishes.
Before working at Arizona State, Taylor spent five years in England where he COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• 2009 C-USA Coach of the Year
worked with the City of Coventry Swimming Club from 1990 to 1991. From there,
• 2nd-place finish at C-USA Championships
he served as the head coach of the Borough of Waltham Forest Swimming Club until
• Led the Cougars to a 17th place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships, the ninth
1994. straight season the Cougars finished among the Top 30.
A graduate of Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Fla., Taylor stayed in the • Led the Cougars to a 28th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships.
Sunshine State following his prep days and began his coaching career. In 1987, he • Helped lead UH to a 23rd-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
worked with Swim Florida as an assistant head coach. • Led the Cougars to a school-record 18 dual-meet wins in 2006-07, doubling the
In 1988, he continued his Swim Florida duties and began as the head swimming program’s previous best.
coach at Ft. Myers High School, where he served until 1990. • Guided five swimmers to 50 Top 10 times in school history, including four individual
Taylor is a member of USA Swimming, the American Swimming Coaches Associa- records and two relay records during the 2005-06 season.
tion, the World Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches • Led the 2003-04 Cougar team to a then-school single-season record with nine dual-
Association of America. He also is currently on the USA Swimming National Team meet victories and equaled that mark in 2005-06.
• Led the 2003-04 Cougars to their best finish at a conference meet since the 1985-86
season and equaled that finish in 2005-06.
In the early stages of his career, Taylor was mentored by several individuals, includ-
• Recorded most dual meet records by first-year UH Swimming and Diving coach in
ing John Funk, coach at Satellite High School; Robert (Mac) Kennedy, coach with Swim 2002-03.
Florida and Arizona State head coaches Tim Hill and Dr. Ernie Maglischo. • Winningest coach in program history with a .511 winning percentage and ranks
He and his wife Lorraine have two sons, Troy Nicholas and Zane Benjamin. The second with 45 dual-meet victories.
family lives in Clear Lake.
INTERNATIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE
• 2009 International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Championships (Assistant
• 2002 European Long Course Championships (Coach, Denmark)
• 2002 World Short Course Championships (Coach, Denmark)
• 2002 European Short Course Championships (Coach, Denmark)
• 1998 World Championships (Coach, Great Britain)
• 1996 Olympic Games (Coach, Lithuania)
• 1993 World Short Course Championships (Coach, Great Britain)
• 1993 European Championships (Coach, Lithuania)
HEAD DIVING COACH
JANE FIGUEIREDO HC THE FIGUEIREDO FILE
f Harare, Zimbabwe Full Name: Jane Ann Figueiredo
f University of Houston (1987) Date of Birth: Dec. 18, 1963
f 20th season at UH Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Named UH Diving Coach: Aug. 6, 1990
• Marlborough High School, Harare, Zimbabwe 1981
• University of Houston, B.A. in Hotel and Restaurant
Jane Figueiredo begins her 20th season as the head diving coach at the University of Houston with a rep- Single
utation as one of the nation’s best. An eight-time Conference USA Diving Coach of the Year recipient, Figueiredo
and her divers have won nearly every postseason award in Conference USA. • 1990 - University of Houston Diving, Head Coach
Olympic Games performance as an athlete... Olympic Games experience as a head coach... NCAA Coach • 1990 - Cougar Diving Club, Head Coach
of the Year awards... Conference USA Coach of the Year honors... National Independent Conference Coach of
the Year accolades... Award-winning athletes... All of these awards and more can be found on Figueiredo’s INTERNATIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE
amazing resume. • 2009 World Championships (Russia)
• 2008 Olympic Games (Russia)
The 2008-09 season was another success for Figueiredo and her divers. Anastasia Pozdniakova continued
• 2007 World Championships (Russia)
to dominate the C-USA ranks as she swept all three events at the C-USA championship meet en route to being • 2005 World Championships (Russia)
declared the C-USA Diver of the Year. Pozdniakova scored 46 points at the NCAA championships for Houston and • 2004 Olympic Games (Russia)
took home All-American honors in all three events. Pozdniakova became the NCAA champion in the 1-meter • 2003 World Championships (Russia)
event while finishing as the runner up in the 3-meter springboard and placing 9th in the platform competition. • 2001 World Championships (Russia)
Houston finished 17th NCAA Championships, marking their highest finish since 1986. • 2000 Olympic Games (Russia)
Jessalyn Almond emerged onto the scene in 2008-09 by taking home the C-USA Freshman Diver of the • 1996 Olympic Games (Great Britain)
Year award. Almond was the only freshman diver to score points in all three events at the C-USA Champion- • 1995 World Age Group Diving Championships (USA)
• 1994 USA National Team Age-Group (USA)
More school records fell under Figueirdo’s guidance in 2008-09 as Pozdniakova smashed both the 1-meter COACHING HONORS
and 3-meter records at the NCAA Zone Diving meet with scores of 676.15 and 763.55, respectively. • 2009 NCAA Diving Coach of the Year
In addition to the accolades earned by her divers, Figueiredo fared very well herself. She earned her third • 2009 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
NCAA Diving Coach of the Year award and her eighth consecutive C-USA Diving Coach of the Year award. • 2008 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
After the 2008-09 collegiate season, Figueiredo coached Pozdniakova and Pakhalina to a third place fin- • 2007 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
• 2006 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
ish in the 3-meter synchronized diving event at the World Championships. In addition to their bronze medal,
• C-USA Swimming & Diving Coach of the Decade (2005)
Pakhalina won the 1-meter event and Pozdniakova finished seventh in the 3-meter event. • 2005 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she guided current diver Anastasia Pozdniakova and former • 2004 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
Cougar Yulia Pakhalina to a silver medal in the 3-meter sychronized springboard event. Pakhalina also took • 2003 NCAA Diving Coach of the Year
silver in the 3-meter springboard event. • 2003 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
Figueiredo was an assistant coach for the Russian Olympic team for the third time in 2008, including in • 2002 C-USA Diving Coach of the Year
2000 and 2004. She has also been an assistant coach for Great Britain in 1996 and competed as a diver in the • 2001 NCAA Diving Coach of the Year
1984 Olympics in Portugal. • 2001 NIC Diving Coach of the Year
• 1998 NIC Diving Coach of the Year
The 2007-08 season was a success for Figueiredo. The three divers; Ginni van Katwijk, Lacey Truelove and
• 1991-92 National Age Group Coach of the Year (USA Diving)
• Guided 26 divers to the NCAA Championships.
• Coached 13 divers to 43 All-America honors.
• Led Yulia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdniakova to six NCAA titles.
INTERNATIONAL DIVING EXPERIENCE
• 1986 World Championships (Portugal)
• 1984 Olympic Games (Portugal)
• 1982 World Championships (Zimbabwe)
COLLEGIATE DIVING EXPERIENCE
1983-86 Lettered in diving at Houston
COLLEGIATE DIVING HONORS
1992 SWC All-Decade Diving Team
1985 All-America (1-Meter)
1984 NCAA National Runner-Up (1-meter)
Yulia Pakhalina, Jane Figueiredo and Anastasia Pozdniakova at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 1984 All-America (1-Meter)
with their silver medals won in the 3-meter synchronized springboard event. All-America (3-Meter)
SWC 3-Meter Champion
HEAD DIVING COACH
Courtney Forcucci received All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. With their perfor- 2001 Goodwill Games.
mance, the Cougar trio earned 24 points to help lead Houston to a final team score of 29 points Figueiredo has trained a number of elite college athletes and a host of conference cham-
and placing them 28th in the NCAA Championships. pions. In addition to Pakhalina, UH’s Yolanda Hernandez-Casas won two NIC titles on both the
In 2006-07, divers Pozdniakova and van Katwijk combined to score all of the Cougars’ 38 1- and 3-meter springboard (1999 & 2000). Hernandez-Casas was named the NIC Diver of the
points at the NCAA Championships, giving the Cougars their seventh finish among the Top 25 Year, an honor that earlier had been won by Figueiredo’s pupil and two-time Honorable Men-
team leaders at that meet. tion All-American Noel Lewandowski (who scored for the Cougars at the 1998 and ’99 NCAA
Pozdniakova finished as the National Runner-up on the 3-meter springboard and placed Championships.
fifth in the 1-meter competition, while van Katwijk placed 10th on the platform. Under Figueiredo’s direction, Lewandowski was honored as the 1998-99 UH Athlete of the
Her divers’ performances marked the 24th time that Figueiredo-coached divers competed Year for all sports. Both were NCAA qualifiers.
at the NCAA Championships. In her first year as a collegiate coach, Figueiredo also coached First-Team All-American Ol-
The Cougars swept all three events at the C-USA Championship with Pozdniakova claiming ivia Clark, who finished fifth in 3-meter diving. Clark -- a three-time All-American -- completed
both Diver of the Meet and Diver of the Year honors and Figueiredo being named C-USA Diving her career with nine Top-16 finishes at the NCAAs and participated in the NCAA Championships
Coach of the Year for the seventh consecutive season. all four years from 1991-95.
Every Cougar diver was named C-USA Diver of the Week at least once during the regular Figueiredo guided Linda Pesek to All-America honors and Hanneke Faber to honorable
season with Pozdniakova’s five weekly honors leading all performers. mention All-America status in 1991. Pesek finished third in the three-meter event and seventh
In 2005-06, divers Anna Kiess and Tania Cagnotto scored all 34 points for the Cougars at in the 10-meter diving at the NCAA Championships.
the 2006 NCAA Championships to help lead UH to a 23rd-place finish at that meet. It’s no surprise that Figueiredo has continued the excellent UH diving tradition after con-
Cagnotto swept all three events at the 2006 Conference USA Championship, joining for- cluding her own stellar career at the collegiate, national and international levels. As a Cougar
mer Cougar and NCAA national champion Pakhalina as the only league performers to accom- from 1982-86, Figueiredo established herself as one of the top divers in school history, winning
plish that feat. Teammate and Freshman Diver of the Year Pozdniakova was a close second in all the 1984 Southwest Conference title on the 3-meter springboard.
three events at the C-USA meet, as the Cougars swept the top two places. Figueiredo was a five-time All-America competitor for Houston and finished second on
Figueiredo’s divers earned all 47 points for Houston at the 2005 NCAA Championships to the 1-meter springboard at the 1985 NCAA Championships. She represented her native Zim-
lead the Cougars to a 20th-place finish at the nation’s top collegiate meet. It tied as the best babwe in international competitions for five years and competed in the 1982 and 1986 World
performance by UH at the nation’s top collegiate meet since 1986-87. Championships. As a member of the Portuguese national team, Figueiredo competed in the
All three of her divers – Kiess, Azul Almazan and Rachel Gitelson – earned All-America 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles where she finished 22nd in the preliminaries.
honors at the 2005 NCAA meet with Kiess finishing as the national runner-up on the 10-meter Upon graduating from Houston in 1987 with a degree in hotel and restaurant manage-
platform. ment, Figueiredo worked in the restaurant business for four years.
Before working with her Cougar divers in 2004-05, Figueiredo also was successful at the She also fostered an interest in coaching by serving as an assistant for the Cougar Div-
international level. In the summer of 2004, she guided Pakhalina and Vera Ilyina as a coach for ing Club. As head coach of the Cougar age-group divers, she was awarded the National Age
Russia at the Olympic Games in Athens. Group Coach of the Year award by USA Diving for the 1991-92 season. She was the USA National
Pakhalina and Ilyina would go on to earn two medals at those Olympic Games. The Rus- Team age-group coach in 1994 for a team that participated in Waldkraiburg, Germany. She also
sian duo combined to win a Silver Medal in synchronized diving, while Pakhalina captured the coached at the World Age Group Diving Championships in China in 1995, where Kathy Pesek,
Bronze Medal with her performance on the 3-meter springboard. a member of the Cougar Diving Club, finished fifth. She coached four Junior Olympic National
In 2003, Figueiredo was awarded her profession’s highest NCAA honor, when she was rec- Champions.
ognized as the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year. It was the second time in a three-year span that She is single and lives in Houston.
she received that award.
In 2002-03, Pakhalina wrapped up her outstanding Cougar career by sweeping the 1- and
3-meter springboard national championships, becoming the winningest student-athlete in
However, Pakhalina wasn’t the only Cougar diver to be honored. Almazan was a finalist in
the 3-meter and 10-meter events at the NCAA Championships. Almazan also was honored as
the C-USA Freshman Diver of the Year
In 2001-02, Figueiredo helped lead Pakhalina to the NCAA Championships, where she
claimed top honors on the 3-meter springboard for the second straight season.
During the UH offseason, she also coached Pakhalina and Vera Ilyina to a silver medal at
the 2002 European Championships in Berlin with another solid performance on the 3-meter
board with Pakhalina taking a gold medal.
In addition, Figueiredo was honored as the first-ever Conference USA Diving Coach of the
Year and tutored Lindsay Harvey, who captured C-USA Freshman Diver of the Year honors.
In 2000-01, the NCAA made official what the University of Houston already has known
for some time. Figueiredo was named the 2001 NCAA Diving Coach of the Year by her coaching
peers at the national championship meet, the first of her national honors.
After tutoring Pakhalina, who won the 2001 national championships on the 1- and 3-me-
ter boards, Figueiredo’s selection as the country’s coach of the year was the next logical step. The
dean of the Houston Swimming & Diving coaching staff has already been honored in her career
as the NIC Diving Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2001.
She also has served as an Olympic diving coach for two different countries. At the Sydney
Games, Figueiredo was the coach of Russia’s Pakhalina and Ilynia, who captured gold medals in
the women’s 3-meter synchronized diving. In 1996 in Atlanta, Figueiredo was selected as the
Olympic coach of Great Britain.
In addition, Pakhalina and Ilyina placed second and third, respectively, at the World Cham-
pionships in Japan in July 2001, with Pakhalina taking second in synchronized diving at the
JAIME LEWIS AC THE LEWIS FILE
f Houston, Texas Full Name: Jaime Lee Lewis
f Florida (2005) Date of Birth: June 27, 1982
Hometown: Houston, Texas
f Second season at UH Named UH Assistant Coach: June 2008
• Klein Oak High, Spring, Texas, 2000
• Florida, B.S. in business and criminology, 2005
Husband: Justin Lewis
Former Florida All-America swimmer Jaime Lewis joined the Cougar Swimming COACHING EXPERIENCE
and Diving staff in 2007-08 as a volunteer assistant coach. • 2008 – Houston, Assistant Coach
This is Lewis’ third season with the Cougars, and second as an assistant coach. • 2007-08 Houston, Volunteer Assistant Coach
• 2005-07 Cy-Fair Swim Club, Assistant Coach
Lewis was a volunteer assistant prior to the 2007-08 season.
• 2004-05 Gators Swim Club, Assistant Coach
In this role, Lewis assists head coach Mark Taylor with routine practice duties
and helps in meet management at all Cougar home events. She also is responsible for NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
on-deck coaching during meets and assist in all recruiting efforts. 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials Semifinalist
2003 Summer National Championships Finalist
“Jaime is an impeccable stroke technician and she is very unique in the way she
2001 World Championship Trials Finalist
approaches workouts and creating workouts for the girls. She is causing us all to step 2001 World University Games Finalist
up by having her on the staff,” head coach Mark Taylor said. 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials
Lewis has served as an assistant age group coach for the Cy-Fair Swim Club since
COLLEGIATE SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
2004. She entered the coaching ranks in 2004, when she served as an assistant age
2000-04 Lettered at Florida
group coach with the Gators Swim Club in Gainesville, Fla.
Lewis lettered at Florida from 2000-2004 as a freestyle and individual medley SWIMMING HONORS
swimmer, winning All-America accolades every season. As a senior, she helped lead the • 21-time All-America competitor
• All-SEC performer
Gators to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championships, earning a team-high
• Academic All-SEC
seven All-America honors in two individual events and five relays. • Ranked among Florida’s Top 10 in five events
During the 2003-04 season, she won seven All-America awards and qualified for
the 2004 Olympic Trials.
As a freshman during the 2000-01 season, Lewis scored 48 points at the SEC
Championships, the Gators’ second-highest score and
the ninth most overall. She finished third in the 400-yard
IM at the NCAA Championships.
Lewis graduated from the University of Florida in
2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business and criminol-
In addition to her extensive collegiate experi-
ence, Lewis also competed on the national and
international level, swimming at the Summer National
Championships, World Championship Trials, World Uni-
versity Games and U.S. Olympic Trials. As a member of
the 2001 World University Games, she finished seventh
in the 400-yard IM.
Prior to attending Florida, Lewis was an award-
winning performer at Klein Oak High School in Spring.
There, she was a 24-time All-American and ended her
prep career as the Texas state record-holder in both the
200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley.
She finished as a two-time recipient of the Jack
Bialas Award, given annually to the outstanding female
swimmer of the year, and was named the Army Reserve
Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Lewis and her husband, Justin live in Houston with
their two dogs, Nike,a beagle and Adi, a lab mix.
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
GREG ORPHANIDES AC THE ORPHANIDES FILE
f City, State Full Name: Greg Orphanides
f College Gradation (Year) Date of Birth: May 3, 1978
f First Season at UH Hometown: London, England
Named UH Assistant Coach: 2009
•Portsmouth, B.S. in accounting, 2001
Greg Orphanides, a former swimmer at the University of Portsmouth, begins his
first season with the University of Houston serving as the volunteer assistant coach. COACHING EXPERIENCE
• 2009- Houston, Volunteer Assistant Coach
In that role, he will assist head coach Mark Taylor with routine daily practice duties
• 2007-2009 Houston Cougar Aquatic Sports, Head Coach
and coordinating home meet management. • 2001-03 Age Group Swimming Coach and Swimming Development Officer in
Prior to joining the UH staff, Orphanides served as head coach of the Houston Glasgow, Scotland
• 2001-03 Portsmouth, Assistant Coach
Cougar Aquatic Sports team, a role which he still holds. As head coach Greg has seen the
team expand to nearly double its size when he first arrived in 2007. The team recently INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
had its best finish ever at Sectionals and boasts state medalists at both the senior level, • World Championship
• European Championship
as well as from their age group program. Orphanides has also taken swimmers through
to National Championships both here and abroad. COLLEGIATE SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2001 with a bachelor’s • 1997-2001 Portsmouth
degree in accounting, Orphanides spent two additional years in Portsmouth continu- SWIMMING HONORS
ing his swimming as well as assisting with the University swim team. From there • Portsmouth team president
he became the Age Group Swimming Coach and Swimming Development Officer in • Second-place team finish at National Championships
• 14th in the 5,000-meter freestyle at the World Championships in 2001
Glasgow, Scotland. In that role he was responsible for organizing all swimming lessons
in addition to managing over 40 swim teachers.
Orphanides was a member of the Portsmouth swim team, serving as the swim
team president, that placed second at their National Championships.
Throughout his career he has worked with Olympic coaches, Maurice Sly, Mike
Drew, Chris Nesbit, Stephen Hill and current UH head coach Mark Taylor. In 2003, Or-
phanides accompanied the English Open Water team to the French Nationals, serving
as the swimming coach. He also had the honor of carrying his country’s flag at the
World Championships in 2000.
Orphanides was a member of the Great Britain National Swim Team for over 10
years, competing at numerous International events, including World and European
Championships. His best finish of 14th in the 5,000-meter race came at the 2001 Worlds
in Fukuoka. Orphanides still competes in Masters swim meets and holds World and
European records in both distance freestyle and IM events.
As a young swimmer, Orphanides was also coached to a sliver medal at the British
Nationals by Taylor.
Orphanies is single and lives in Houston.
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS | FIRST YEAR | ARIZONA ‘93
Mack Rhoades became the 11th director of athletics in University of Houston history with his PERSONAL HISTORY
hiring in June 2009 after an award-winning career at the University of Akron. Birthdate................................ Oct. 18, 1965
Sweeping changes, a $61.6 million on-campus football stadium, the creation of a women’s Hometown .............................. Tucson, Ariz.
golf program and unprecedented success within an athletics department recognized three times High School .................................Rincon HS
for its diversity strategy were only a small part of Rhoades’ signature on the Akron program. College .................................. Arizona, 1993
Family .........................................Wife, Amy
All the on-field success was matched off the field as well. In 2006, Akron’s federal graduation
Daughters. Nicolette, Natalie and Noelle
rate was 60 percent, exceeding the general student body’s by 25 percent. In 2008, UA’s student-
athlete federal graduation rate stood at 75 percent. Also, Akron’s overall student-athlete GPA RESUME
increased from 2.789 to 2.964. 2006-09 .............................................Akron
Not to be lost in the excellence on the field and in the classroom is the fact that UA student- Director of Athletics
athletes completed more than 1,600 hours of community service during his last three years. 1999-2006 ..........................................UTEP
Most impressively, Rhoades led Akron to success while balancing the budget each of his last Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director,
three years. In 2008-09, he implemented a zero-based budget, where coaches and unit heads Assistant AD for Development
pre-planned spending in order to present a need-based budget proposal to the University Board of Trustees. With a proven track record of budget 1999-98 ..................................... Marquette
management and proactive steps, Rhoades gained support from University officials, allowing the department’s budget to grow from $13.5 million to Athletics Advancement Officer
1997-98 ............................................... Yale
$19.2 million during his tenure.
Athletics Marketing Assistant
With achievements like this under his belt, Rhoades’ selection was an easy one for University of Houston President/Chancellor Renu Khator.
“First and foremost, I wanted someone who is passionate about the University of Houston and UH athletics,” Khator said. “Winning games is ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT AKRON
important, but helping young people be winners in the game of life is essential. Mack Rhoades understands that this is what I expect.” All-Conference Honors ............................ 213
Richard Scamell, a professor in the Bauer College of Business and the NCAA faculty representative on the search committee, said he was highly MAC Player of the Week Honors .............. 145
impressed by Rhoades’ credentials. All-Region or All-District Honors ............... 32
“I considered him as clearly the best choice to lead the department of athletics at the University of Houston at this time,” Scamell said. “He comes MAC Player of the Year Honors .................. 14
across as a ‘leads by example kind of person’; someone who is a team player, a good listener, a hard worker and a most sincere person. I believe our Other MAC Year-end Individual Player Honors .... 13
student-athletes, coaches, staff and the university community will enjoy working with him.” All-Americans........................................... 12
His drive for perfection and expectation of excellence has quickly put his name on the map nationally. Rhoades served as a member of the NCAA MAC Coach of the Year Honors .................. 11
Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet — also serving on the Administrative Committee of that cabinet as well as leading the com- Freshman All-Americans............................. 6
Academic All-MAC Honors ........................ 83
munications committee for the MAC.
CoSIDA Academic All-District....................... 7
Since Rhoades began his duties at Akron in late January 2006,
the numbers alone spoke for themselves: 765 total Dean’s List
honors, 213 All-Conference honors, 83 student-athletes named Academic All-Conference, 20 team champion-
ships won, 14 Conference Players of the Year and 12 All-Americans to name a few.
Such improvements were attributed to a number of policies the athletics department instituted under
Rhoades’ leadership. Notably, Akron implemented an academic review process to ensure academic success of
potential student-athletes, a class attendance policy and a student-athlete Code of Conduct. He additionally
restructured the Student-Athlete Support Services and Academic Advising units, adding 11 positions during his
All policies were enacted to complement the department’s new mission statement and core values that
placed an emphasis on student-athletes getting the best possible experience while earning a degree. To do
that, Rhoades engaged the student-athletes during his first three years, getting them involved through an
emphasis of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program and doing more to
recognize student-athletes for their successes both on and off the field.
On the business end of the spectrum, Rhoades played a key role and was chairperson on the steering
committee in the Zips’ new on-campus football and multi-use facility — InfoCision Stadium/Summa Field —
which opened in September 2009. The 30,000-seat venue will not just be alive for six or seven football games
each season. The facility will be used year-round thanks to its three levels of academic space for the University,
extra locker rooms for high school football use and an end zone facility with a full-service sports medicine
center and locker rooms/team space for four sports programs.
He also oversaw vast improvements to all facilities. James A. Rhodes Arena enjoyed new office space for
all programs and units, expansion and renovation of academic services, a volleyball office suite, an academic
advising suite, a media work room and locker room upgrades for all basketball programs. Lee Jackson Field
Complex saw the creation of a new softball facility allowing the program to play on campus, resurfacing the
baseball field and enhancing the dugouts, renovation to the soccer field and renovation of the track & field
complex, refurbishing the track surface, adding 1,500 permanent seats and ornamental fencing.
The key in all these upgrades and new office spaces came after the second phase of the Stile Field House
project. At a cost of $2.6 million, the facility housed a state-of-the-art office suite and meeting rooms for the
football program as well as new office suites for the baseball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and track &
field/cross country programs.
The field house also welcomed a new program under Rhoades’ watch with the creation of the women’s
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golf program, which shared the state-of-the-art indoor practice facility with the UA men.
The women’s program began play in the fall of 2008 and placed runner-up three times in its
inaugural season (including its second-ever event) and was third at its first MAC Champion-
Financial success has not been limited to just dollars from the University.
One of his first actions after being named athletics director was fostering a deal with ISP,
one of the top sports marketing groups in the nation, that saw sponsorship revenue increase
by $100,000 each year.
UA football went from reporting an average of approximately 5,000 fans per game to
going beyond the NCAA-required 15,000 in each of his three years. And, with the addition
of InfoCision Stadium, revenue and season ticket sales for 2009 already were at an all-time
high. Also, men’s basketball season ticket sales increased each year, while the success of the
men’s soccer team brought on the demand for season-ticket packages for the first time in
Membership and donations to the Z-Fund, the scholarship and fundraising arm of the
athletics department, showed dramatic increases. Membership grew from just under 400 to
over 1,700, while unrestricted giving increased to $353,000 and total giving for 2008-09 is at
A restructuring of the external relations office also paved the way for a licensing and mer-
chandise to grow on campus, in local stores and online. Revenue across the three mediums
increased by 64 percent or nearly $20,000 per year.
The 43-year-old Rhoades increased staffing levels across the department, adding 10 full-
time assistant coaches and created more than 30 full-time and graduate assistants positions
within the department.
Rhoades came to Akron after a seven-year stint at UTEP, where he most recently served as the executive senior associate athletics director. He worked his way up the ranks with the Miners
after joining the staff as assistant AD for development.
In his final role with UTEP, Rhoades oversaw all fundraising, the marketing and media relations offices as well as football external operations, men’s basketball, men’s golf, licensing, Miner
Athletic Club and the athletics ticket office.
While at UTEP, Rhoades administered the Athletic Major Gift Program, through which $9.1 million was raised. He also was instrumental in increasing marketing revenue from $800,000 to
$1.33 million in just four years. In addition, he guided UTEP to being among the conference leaders in attendance for football and men’s basketball. In 2004-05, the UTEP Miners averaged 41,209
fans for football and 10,405 for men’s basketball. During the 2005 campaign, the Miners led football attendance in Conference USA, averaging more than 47,000 fans per game.
The UTEP football program enjoyed a resurgence during his last two seasons, posting a 16-7 record over that span and reaching consecutive bowl games, including the 2005 GMAC Bowl.
Under Rhoades’ supervision, the men’s basketball team registered 51 victories during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons - the 13th-best win total in the nation over that span.
The men’s golf program finished in the top three at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in three of four years, including a runner-up showing in 2002.
Rhoades’ licensing responsibilities included supervising the implementation of new department of intercollegiate athletics logos and color changes, resulting in a 300-percent increase in
The native of Tucson, Ariz., also had a hand in directing the transition in management of season ticket sales from the
University Ticket Center to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He engineered season and individual ticket price
increases for football and men’s basketball in each of his last two years.
Rhoades’ other duties at UTEP included negotiating football and men’s basketball television and radio contracts;
serving as an athletics department spokesperson through all media outlets; assisting in all aspects of budget-planning;
and aiding in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for intercollegiate athletics.
He also oversaw the speed, strength and conditioning program, served as a liaison with the Miner Athlete Academic
Center and was a member of the UTEP NCAA Certification Steering Committee.
Rhoades was heavily involved in athletics facility upgrades at UTEP, including the construction of the $11 million
Larry K. Durham Sports Center which houses state-of-the-art football coaches’ offices and locker rooms, as well as a
training room and strength and conditioning center for all sports. He was also responsible for the creation of Miner
Video Production for all home football and men’s and women’s basketball games.
Prior to his stint at UTEP, he worked for 15 months at Marquette, where he was the athletics advancement officer. In
that role, Rhoades oversaw all external operations for the Office of Athletic Advancement and the Blue & Gold Athletic
Rhoades worked for one year as an athletics marketing assistant for Yale, where he developed marketing plans for
football, men’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and the NCAA Fencing Championships. Additionally, he obtained sponsor-
ship agreements for Yale Athletics.
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Rhoades later attended
Indiana University where he earned his master’s degree in sports management and marketing.
He and his wife, Amy, have three daughters — Nicolette, Natalie and Noelle.
ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTORS HEAD COACHES
CHRIS BURKHALTER DEJUENA CHIZER KEVIN FITE LEROY BURRELL JOE CURL JANE FIGUEIREDO
COMMUNICATIONS SR WOMAN ADMINISTRATOR COMPLIANCE & ELIGIBILITY TRACK & FIELD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DIVING
KATINA JACKSON MARIA PEDEN KYLA HOLAS JONATHAN DISMUKE RAYNER NOBLE
DEVELOPMENT & ANNUAL GIVING LIFE SKILLS SOFTBALL GOLF BASEBALL
ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTORS
T.J. MEAGHER JAMES NICAS TOM PENDERS JOHN SEVERANCE KEVIN SUMLIN
JUSTIN MOORE DEVELOPMENT & MEN’S BASKETBALL TENNIS FOOTBALL
SPECIAL PROJECTS COUGAR PRIDE
MATHILDA PETERSON SEAN RANDALL MIKE REA MARK TAYLOR RYAN TURNER BILL WALTON
BUSINESS SERVICES MARKETING TICKET OPERATIONS SWIMMING CROSS COUNTRY VOLLEYBALL
JAY TAKACH ALAN VILLAVASSO
EQUIPMENT FACILITIES & OPERATIONS
LAUREN LABLANC CHARLES PETTIS LAMONICA HARRISON TRINEY KADURA ROBERT KELLY
Athletics Trainer Tickets Office Student Trainer Administrative Assistant Public Address
KEITH MARSHALL MICHAEL MCGRORY BETSY MORIN BLANCA RODRIGUEZ LORI SELZER
Tickets Office Sports Information Asst. Administrative Liaison Tutoring Coordinator Academics Counselor
ANNE STONE DAVID TIDMORE SARAH YOUNGDALE JAMIE ZARDA SASHA SCHWENDENWEIN
Manager Cougar Authentic Cougar Authentic Sports Information Student Assistant
SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTORY
Team/Conference SID Contact Phone Fax Email Web Site
Conference USA Tod Meisner (214) 774-1354 (214) 496-0055 email@example.com ConferenceUSA.com
Arkansas Melissa Anderson (479) 575-4898 (479) 575-7481 firstname.lastname@example.org ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Duke Taylor Knight (919) 684-2633 (919) 684-2489 email@example.com GoDuke.com
East Carolina Jody Jones (252) 737-4522 (252) 737-4528 firstname.lastname@example.org ECUPirates.com
Emory Jon Schwartz (404) 727-6549 (404) 727-8047 email@example.com EmoryAthletics.com
Florida International Ivan Irizarry (305) 348-6666 (305) 348-2963 firstname.lastname@example.org FIUSports.com
Georgia Tech Courtney Hart (404) 894-9736 (404) 385-6170 email@example.com Ramblinwreck.cstv.com
Kansas Emma Cornish (785) 864-3417 (785) 864-7944 firstname.lastname@example.org KUAthletics.com
LSU Bill Martin (225) 578-4758 (225) 578-1861 email@example.com LSUSports.net
Marshall Ben Wright (304) 696-5276 (304) 696-2325 firstname.lastname@example.org HerdZone.com
North Texas Stephen Howard (940) 369-8548 (940) 565-3671 Stephen.Howard@unt.edu MeanGreenSports.com
Rice John Sullivan (713) 348-5636 (713) 348-6019 email@example.com RiceOwls.com
SMU Andrea Chaknis (214) 768-3735 (214) 768-2044 firstname.lastname@example.org SMUMustangs.com
Texas Travis Feldhaus (512) 232-9460 (512) 471-6040 email@example.com TexasSports.com
Texas A&M Chris Harrell (979) 862-2566 (979) 845-0564 firstname.lastname@example.org AggieAthletics.com
Tulane Richie Weaver (504) 314-7232 (504) 865-5512 email@example.com TulaneGreenWave.com
UNC-Wilmington Tom Riordan (910) 962 4099 (910) 962-3002 firstname.lastname@example.org UNCWSports.com
UNLV Mark Wasik (702) 895-3208 (702) 895-0989 email@example.com UNLVRebels.cstv.com
DR. KHATOR/BOARD OF REGENTS
Renu Khator is president of the University of Houston and Khator, who was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, earned a
chancellor of the UH System - which includes the University bachelor’s degree at the University of Kanpur. She received
of Houston, UH-Downtown, UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria, her master’s degree and her Ph.D. in political science from
teaching centers at Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch, and KUHT, Purdue University. A noted scholar in the field of global
the nation’s first educational television station, and KUHF, environmental policy, Khator has published five books and
Houston’s National Public Radio station. several articles on various aspects of this subject.
She assumed this dual appointment in January 2008. Prior to her appointment at the University of Houston,
In her capacity as chancellor, Khator oversees a system she was provost and senior vice president at the University of
with an annual operating budget that exceeds $1 billion, South Florida, capping a 22-year career at that institution.
serves more than 57,000 students and has an overall In January 2007, she and her husband Suresh Khator -
economic impact of $3 billion on the Greater Houston area who is now a faculty member in the UH Cullen College of
each year. All told, the system components are engaged Engineering - were awarded the prestigious Hind Rattan
in more than 800 community, corporate and research (Jewel of India), given to nonresident Indians for making
partnerships. outstanding contributions in their field. The United States
As president of the University of Houston, she is the Citizenship and Immigration Services included her among
chief executive officer of the largest and oldest of the four its 2006 Outstanding Americans by Choice awardees. The
UH System universities. The University of Houston offers award recognizes achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens.
more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs Also in 2006, Khator received the Distinguished Alumnus
and awards 7,000 degrees each year. It is the second most Award from Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts
ethnically diverse urban research university in the country. and the Outstanding Educator Award from the American
Its internationally recognized faculty includes and has Foundation for Greek Language and Culture for Enhancing
included members of the Academy of Sciences, the National Hellenic studies.
DR. RENU KHATOR Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts President Khator and Suresh have two daughters, both
UH SYSTEM CHANCELLOR and Sciences as well as a Nobel Laureate and winners of the of whom are ophthalmologists.
Pulitzer and Tony Awards. Each year, University of Houston She enjoys biking, practicing yoga and writing poetry
UH PRESIDENT students provide nearly one million hours in volunteer and short stories - several of which have been published.
service and internships to the community.
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS
The Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Houston System (University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Downtown, University
of Houston-Victoria, UH System at Cinco Ranch, UH System at Sugar Land, KUHT Television, and KUHF Radio).
The Board of Regents is composed of nine voting members (chair, vice chair, secretary, and six members) and a non-voting student member. Every two years, the Governor of the State
of Texas, subject to Senate confirmation, appoints three members to the Board of Regents. Each member serves a six-year term.
WELCOME W. WILSON (‘49) JIM P. WISE (‘66) NELDA LUCE BLAIR NANDITA BERRY (‘91) TILMAN FERTITTA
Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary
JARVIS HOLLINGSWORTH KRISTIN LINDLEY JACOB MONTY MICA MOSBACHER CARROLL ROBERTSON RAY