Liebowitz Hired To Lead OSU Women's Swimming

Aug. 21, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Larry Liebowitz is the new women's swimming head coach at Oregon State, it was announced Thursday by OSU Athletic Director Bob De Carolis. Liebowitz, who has extensive international and club coaching experience, spent the last eight seasons as assistant head coach for the women's and men's programs at Southern California.

'Larry is an excellent addition to our coaching staff,' De Carolis said. 'He has an impressive background in the key areas needed to keep our swimming program improving - a knowledge of the Pacific-10 Conference, a wide network of connections in the swimming community both on the West Coast and internationally, and a commitment to see that our student-athletes perform to their capabilities in the pool, in the classroom and in the community.'

Last season, Liebowitz helped guide the USC women to third-place finishes in the NCAA Championships and the Pacific-10 Championships. The Trojan men's team was third in the Pac-10 and fifth at the NCAAs.

'I felt I was ready for a head coaching position,' Liebowitz said of seeking the OSU job. 'And this is in the Pac-10, which I think is the toughest swimming conference in the nation.'

Oregon State tied for 25th at the NCAA Championships this past season, the Beavers' highest-ever finish at the national meet, and produced a pair of All-Americans. Mariusz Podkoscielny, who coached OSU the past seven seasons, became head coach at Miami, Fla., earlier this summer.

'Oregon State has made a lot of progress in the past few years and I hope we can continue that progress and keep getting better,' Liebowitz said from South Korea, where he is currently head coach of the United States men's team at the World University Games. 'OSU had two swimmers (Birte Steven and Naya Higashijima) at the NCAAs last year and they both made finals; they finished in the top 25 (in the team standings) - we want to continue that, develop some relays and have a chance to continue improving.'

Lieowitz, 53, served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's team at the 1999 Pan American Games and was also an assistant coach at the 1997 World University Games. He was coach of the United States men's team in the 1995 Pan Am Games and coach of the 1988 Costa Rica Olympic team.

For the past eight years, Liebowitz was on the board of directors of Southern California Swimming. He was Senior Swimming Chairman for four years and Administrative Chairman the past three years.

Liebowitz was head coach of the Santa Barbara Swim Club from 1989-95, with his teams finishing in the top 10 at Senior Nationals in five of his seven seasons. During that time, he coached national champions Brian Alderman (butterfly) and Richard Schroeder (breaststroke); both Alderman and Schroeder went on to represent the U.S. at the Pan Am Games and Alderman also made the U.S. teams for the Goodwill Games and the short-course and long-course World Championships.

Prior to coaching at Santa Barbara, Liebowitz worked with head coach Mark Schubert at Mission Viejo, Fla., and Boca Raton, Fla. His experience at those stops included coaching numerous national and world-class swimmers, including 1984 Olympic medalists Amy White and Mike O'Brien.Liebowitz began his coaching career with the Ferndale Barracudas Swim Club and at University of Detroit High.

Liebowitz earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oakland University in 1973. A native of Detroit, he competed two years for Wayne State before transferring to Oakland. He enjoys cycling.

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