Roth Adds Rachel Friel To Complete Swimming Staff
Friel Brings A Pedigree For Success to Denton
DENTON - North Texas women's swimming and diving interim head coach Brittany Roth has announced the hiring of assistant coach Rachel Friel to her staff for the 2016 season.
"I am so excited to have Rachel Friel on board as our assistant coach," Roth said. "She brings a natural energy to the sport that is not only contagious but empowering, and I am looking forward to her working with our athletes."
Roth, who was named the interim head coach on July 1, now has a full staff with the addition of Friel to her staff along with second-year diving coach Mark Murdock.
"Not only has Rachel found individual success in our sport, but she's had team success as well, helping BYU to three conference championships," Roth added.
"She knows what it takes to swim at the next level, and will be a major asset in helping our athletes achieve not only their individual goals but also helping our team goals. I'm looking forward to working with Rachel, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for Mean Green swimming and diving."
Friel heads to North Texas after coaching at Texas Ford Aquatics in Frisco for the last 10 months.
"I'm honored to have this opportunity to work alongside head coach Brittany Roth and be a part of the Mean Green family," Friel said. "I am excited to continue the success North Texas swimming and diving has seen and help the athletes move forward and progress to the next level."
Friel has the opportunity to do just that as she brings an impressive résumé to Denton.
The Hong Kong native competed collegiately at BYU, where she garnered the Mountain West conference's Swimmer of the Year award two times as well as competed in the NCAA Division I National Championships three separate times.
She swam in the 200meter butterfly and both the 200m and 400m individual medley.
In addition to a successful collegiate career, Friel represented Hong Kong in several international competitions including the World University games in Serbia (2009) and again in Shenzhen China (2011). Friel also competed in the 2008 Olympic trials in Hong Kong and the USA.
Once she completed her eligibility at BYU in 2011, Friel stayed in Provo, Utah, as a graduate assistant before accepting the swimming head coaching at Maple Mountain High School in August 2012.
"Coaching is my passion," Friel explained. "I plan on doing whatever I can to help our athletes achieve their goals in and out of the pool."
In her coaching career, Friel has coached six Olympic trial qualifiers and two men who went on to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London representing El Salvador and Bolivia.
The North Texas swimming and diving squad begins its season on Sept. 24 with a pentathlon event in Denton against TCU and UT-Permian Basin.