Stanford Hires Chris Swircek as Assistant Coach

Sept. 3, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Chris Swircek will join the Stanford women's gymnastics staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2004 season. He will be the primary coach for uneven bars and tumbling, and will help oversee the Club and Stanford summer camp programs.

'I am very excited to become a part of the Stanford family and am looking forward to a successful season,' Swircek said.

Swircek joins the Cardinal staff after coaching at the West Valley Gymnastics Club for the past seven years. During his tenure at West Valley, Swircek tutored four Junior Olympic National Champions and 15 members of the T.O.P. National Team. He led his 2003 Level-10 squad to the state championships.

Stanford junior Mandy Delgado competed for the West Valley Gymnastics Club under Swircek.

Swircek, a native of Omaha, Neb., competed on the men's gymnastics team at San Jose State, graduating with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1993. He served as an undergraduate assistant men's gymnastics coach with the Spartans during the 1993-94 season.

'I am thrilled to have Chris join our coaching staff,' head coach Kristen Smyth said. 'Chris is not only an excellent spotter and technician but he is also extremely passionate about gymnastics. I know he will bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to our program.'

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