After making a splash at college, Anchor Bay alum Matt Victor is returning to his home pool as coach.
Victor, a Presidential Scholar at Wayne State University, signed on this summer as head varsity coach of the girls' swim and dive team. He graduated Wayne State in 2011, leaving as a four-time NCAA All American, his mother Ann Victor told Patch.
Matt Victor said he's thrilled to coach at the school, where his swimming success began.
Why he wanted to lead the Tars' team
"I wanted to coach the team for a lot of reasons. First, I just truly enjoy coaching. Last year, I was an assistant coach for the Grosse Pointe Gators and absolutely loved it. After I finished my four years of swimming at Wayne State I wanted to stay involved in the sport and share the knowledge that I possess. I had an amazing coach and I learned a lot from him," he said.
What he hopes to accomplish as coach
"My goal is to take what I've learned and apply it to my newly aquired team. I was very excited when I heard that the Anchor Bay coaching job had opened up not only because it is the high school I graduated from, but because of my love for the sport and the enjoyment I get out of teaching other swimmers how to excel in the sport," he said.
How it feels to return to Anchor Bay
"It feels great to be coaching for my old high school team. I had a lot of fun swimming in high school and I'm honored to be a part of it again. Anchor Bay pride!"
How his swimming experience helps the team
"In my role as the head coach, my main objective is to help the girls reach their full potential. As a collegiate swimmer, I learned the value of hard work. The girls are working harder than they ever have before and, in the end, I believe they will be surprised with how much their hard work pays off.
"In high school I was a multi-time county champion and qualified for the MHSAA State Championships in six events. At Wayne State I finished my career as a 4-time NCAA All-American and was a member of the GLIAC All-Academic Team three out of four years. I believe my experience in the sport has helped me become a good coach. I've learned the value of hard work and the importance of a positive attitude."
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