AUSTIN (KXAN) – More than a year after its official opening, Eddie Reese’s outdoor pool was officially dedicated on Saturday in honor of legendary men’s swimming coach.
“I feel a little burdened of representing everyone,” Reese said at the ceremony. “The good thing, I think when I look at what has happened in the last 44, 45 years and see our results, I will see it as perhaps something more special than what I see now. Am I practically in the way you’ve done for me lately? I’m just moving on. “
This is an easy question to answer. He has led the Longhorns to five national championships in the last six seasons, except in 2020, when the national championship event was canceled due to the pandemic.
“I want them [former Texas swimmers] to know that this would not have been done without an excellent level of success in the sport, “said Reese.” If we had been 10th every third year and 15th the other times, this would not have been done. at the high level that the swimmers provided to the program ”.
Always humble, Reese initially tried to reject the pool that bore his name. His first choice was Jeff Heller, a former Texas-American swimmer who also served in the Marine Corps that died in 2019.
“I know his story,” Reese said of Heller. “He was a hero, he swam here, he has given a lot to school, engineering and swimming. He just said, “No, it will bear your name.” So I kept quiet and kept going. ”
Reese retired after Texas’ most recent national championship in the spring, the 15th in the program’s history, all under Reese’s tutelage, but quickly reversed course and announced he would return another season after just three months. of retirement.
“Chris Del Conte was the one who got me back,” Reese said of the non-retirees. “He started with me in April and did not give up. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you tell him. He has his own agenda and he does it very well ”.