Frisco ISD honors long-time swimming coach at natatorium

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Frisco ISD – Getting Coach Bruce Eubanks to Frisco ISD in 2001 was more than a stroke of luck.

At the time, Eubanks was a popular swim coach in Tyler and coordinator of an aquatic center there. Frisco ISD was without a natatorium and had been utilizing a pool at the Collin College Preston Ridge Campus.

Eubanks quickly made a splash in his new role as swim coach at Frisco High School and helped build Frisco ISD’s young swim program into the large and successful program it is today.

Coach Eubanks’ teams won 37 District titles, 16 Region titles and four State championships.

School Board President Anne McCausland told Eubanks at an official dedication ceremony for the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium: “We are all about the opportunity for students here in Frisco ISD and the program that you built here has been a stellar example of what hard work and dedication can mean in terms of personal excellence.”

Former students, parents and colleagues joined Frisco ISD officials in honoring Eubanks for his contributions to the District this past Saturday, Dec. 5 at the natatorium, 7411 First Street in Frisco TX.

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Eubanks played a key role in planning for the natatorium and its operations. The swim facility, which opened in 2003, serves FISD students and local residents who swim competitively, and also offers lessons to those who wish to learn to swim.

Frisco Natatorium manager John Janak said: “Today is indeed a special day in which we not only recognize the achievements of Bruce Eubanks, but a day in which we are given a chance to give back to someone who has given so much to this community.”

As coach at Frisco High, Eubanks strived to teach his students how to compete and be responsible both in and out of the water. Thirty-four years as a coach resulted in numerous awards both for Eubanks’ student athletes, as well as numerous accolades for Eubanks himself.

Frisco ISD Athletic Director David Kuykendall said: “Bruce has a quality that all great coaches have and that is the ability to touch lives and get the most out of kids and I would say that that would be the definition of Bruce – touching lives and getting the most out of kids.”

Individually, he was named Region Coach of the Year 20 times and State Coach of the Year six times. In 2007, Eubanks was given the Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Theron Pickle Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also honored as the 2013-2014 National Federation of High School Coaches Association Boys State Swimming Coach of the Year.

(Photos courtesy of Frisco ISD)

 

 

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