Posted: Friday, February 22nd 2013 at 6:30pm
Brenau's Blair Bachman named Coach of the Year
GAINESVILLE -– Brenau University Golden Tigers swim coach Blaire Bachman was named Appalachian Swim Conference “Coach of the Year” for the second consecutive year for her team’s accomplishments during the 2012-13 season.
The honor came during the final conference meet Feb. 14-16 in Barbourville, Ky., as the No. 5 nationally-ranked Tigers team qualified for participation in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship tournament in Oklahoma City Feb. 26 through March 3.
Bachman’s Tigers finished the 2012 season at last spring’s tournament ranked No. 8 in the nation. The university’s highest finish in the swimming and diving championships ended a season in which only five of 18 school swimming records remained unbroken.
“From the moment she started, she has inspired and challenged her team to be the best swimmers they can be,” Lochstampfor said. “Through her training methods and recruiting efforts, she has taken the program to a new level.”
Bachman started her collegiate swim career at University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky, where she was a scholastic All-American. She graduated in 2009 from Georgia College & State University, where Lochstampfor says she single-handedly organized, coached and publicized the GCSU Swim Cats Swim Club. She was a volunteer assistant to Brenau swimming in 2007-08.
Bachman has been involved with Brenau since 2001, starting as a teenage lifeguard and swim instructor, conducting private and semi-private lessons for all ages. She also squeezed in some time to help build another swim club in the area as well as a stint with a public relations agency in Tallahassee, Fla., once she got her degree.
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