University of Las Vegas Swimming Diving Announces Three New Coaching Additions

University of Las Vegas Swimming Diving Announces Three New Coaching Additions

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ben Loorz announced the newest coaching additions to the Rebel family on Wednesday, as Patrick Ota, Karissa Kruszewski and Lara Jackson will all be joining the swimming and diving program. Ota will serve as head assistant coach, while Kruszewski and Jackson will both be assistant coaches. They will join returning Head Diving Coach Derek Starks, in his fourth year with the Rebels, in making up Loorz’s first coaching staff as he took over at the helm of the program this past May.

Ota comes to UNLV from Fresno State, where he was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2011-16. While at Fresno State he helped the program post six individual school records, four relay school records, a Mountain West individual champion and an NCAA qualifier. Ota also coached a pair of Olympic Trial qualifiers during his five years with the Bulldogs.

His coaching career began in 2007 as the head assistant coach at Fresno Pacific, and oversaw a sprint group that featured nine individual national champions. The school won two national titles for the men and a runner-up finish for the women’s team during his four years with the school. During that time, he also served as the national coach for the Raisin Country Aquatics club team in Selma from 2008-10, before being promoted to head coach for 2010-11.

Ota swam collegiate at US Santa Barbara (2002-06), and was a seven-time Big West Champion while qualifying for the NCAA’s in the 100 back in 2006. That same year he was selected as the Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Following his time at UCSB, Ota claimed the 50 and 100 back titles at the 2009 US Masters’ National Championships. He received his bachelor’s degree in film studies in 2006 from UCSB.

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