Univ. of North Carolina - Swimming

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Coaching Staff

Christy Garth
Assistant Coach

Christy Garth is now in her 10th season as an assistant coach for the Carolina men’s and women’s swimming teams. Garth was added as the fifth full-time member of the Carolina swimming coaching staff in September 2008.  She is a long-time Tar Heel, having captained Carolina teams that won ACC titles in the 1990s.  In fact, she swam on four Carolina teams which won ACC crowns when she was an undergraduate.

As a Tar Heel alumna, she has been a key conduit with UNC’s alumni base and much of the success of the lobby/entrance way area at Koury Natatorium, including the Blue Dolphin Hall of Honor is due to Garth’s tireless efforts.  She worked hand-in-hand with alumnus and donor Greg Sanchez and Sue Walsh of the Educational Foundation to make the project a reality.

Aided by the excellent efforts of Garth, the 2016-17 Tar Heel teams placed 41 swimmers and divers on the ACC Academic Honor Roll and five individuals on the All-ACC Academic Teams.  The Tar Heel men set seven school records in short course events, the UNC women established 10 short course University records (including in four of five relays) and nine University long course records fell last summer.  Both Tar Heel squads earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team status in each semester of 2016-17 as well.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Garth helped lead the Tar Heels to a pair of 7-3 dual meet finishes while competing against the most difficult schedule in UNC history.  Carolina finished third at both ACC meets and the women were 18th at the NCAA Championships.  The Tar Heels set 12 school records in short course and long course events in 2015-16.

The previous year, Garth was a key coaching contributor as UNC placed 18th in the NCAA men’s meet and 19th in the women’s meet.  Carolina also set 17 school short course records during the 2014-15 campaign.

Garth made key contributions to the stroke group as the Tar Heels placed in the top three of both ACC championships in 2013-14.  Along the way, Carolina swimmers set 15 school short course records, including in six relay events.

Tar Heel teams have flourished under Garth’s keen coaching skills.  From 2008-10, she coached the distance group with head coach Rich DeSelm.  During the 2009-10 season, she worked with a middle distance group that qualified Evan Reed and Hank Browning for the NCAA Championships.
During the very successful 2012-13 campaign, Garth coached the middle distance group.  She directly coached three of the four members of the women’s unit that broke the ACC record in the 400-yard freestyle relay - Ally Hardesty, Lauren Earp and Danielle Siverling.  That relay earned an automatic NCAA qualification.  Two individuals in Garth’s group qualified for the NCAA meet - Earp and Siverling.  That 2013 squad finished 12th at the NCAA Championships and broke multiple team records.

Garth, a 1996 alumnus of Carolina and a four-year letter winner on the Carolina women’s swimming team, always brings excitement, experience and depth to the coaching staff.  Garth worked in the past with then associate head coach Mike Litzinger leading the stroke group.  She has served in that capacity since 2012 and worked with a slew of NCAA qualifers and U.S. National Team members.
Garth has been a key part of Carolina’s successful summer program that led to nearly 50 qualifiers for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and another 30 for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Garth was a decorated swimmer at Carolina during her four-year tenure. She was an All-ACC selection four successive years from 1993-96 and was part of four ACC championship teams while a collegian.

Garth was a two-year team captain in 1994-95 and 1995-96 and the winner of the program’s Hill Carrow Spirit Award in both of those seasons. She qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000 and was an Olympic torchbearer in 2002 when the Winter Games were in Salt Lake City.

Her collegiate coaching experience includes two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland in the early 2000s. She also served as an interim assistant coach for women’s swimming at the University of Michigan during the 2000-01 school year. While at Michigan, Garth also coached at prestigious Club Wolverine for two seasons.

Garth has worked in a variety of sports-related jobs. Directly out of college, she worked for the United States Golf Association as the U.S. Women’s Open director’s assistant. Following that, she worked on production crews for ABC Sports from 1996-98. Garth also worked for NBC during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as part of the production crew. From 2001-03, she worked for SpeedoUSA as an accounts manager before she began coaching at the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to UNC in 2008, Garth was the head swim coach at Duchesne Academy in Houston, Texas.

Garth studied political science and communication studies at North Carolina. Today, she continues to swim and was honored as a Top 10 Master’s swimmer in 2009.

Garth is married to Trey Blazer, a physician at Duke Medical Center.  The couple has two children.  Callie Ann Blazer was born on December 29, 2011.  Little brother, Colton James Blazer, joined the family on May 11, 2014.

Garth has served as the director of the Rich DeSelm Swim Camp since 2014.

Sean Quinn
Assistant Coach

Sean Quinn was promoted to the position of full-time assistant swimming coach at the University of North Carolina during the summer of 2016 by Tar Heel head coach Rich DeSelm.

Quinn has been a part of the UNC swimming program since 1999 as a student-athlete, volunteer coach, part-time assistant coach and the head coach of the North Carolina Aquatic Club, a U.S. Swimming club program based in Chapel Hill that trains at UNC’s Koury Natatorium.

Quinn excelled as the NCAC head coach and was named in September 2015 as the North Carolina Swimming Coach of the Year, an award named in honor of Franke Belle.

In 2017, U.S. Swimming named Quinn to its National Team coaching staff for his work with 100-yard butterflier Hellen Moffitt.  Aided by the excellent coaching efforts of Quinn, the 2016-17 Tar Heel teams placed 41 swimmers and divers on the ACC Academic Honor Roll and five individuals on the All-ACC Academic Teams.  The Tar Heel men set seven school records in short course events, the UNC women established 10 short course University records (including in four of five relays) and nine University long course records fell last summer.  Both Tar Heel squads earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team status in each semester of 2016-17 as well.

A former Tar Heel school record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke, Quinn completed his seventh year as a part-time assistant coach for the Carolina swimming program in 2015-16 following six years in which he served as one of the program’s volunteer coaches. He served as a staff coach for the NCAC from 2003 to 2010 when he was named the club’s head coach.

“We are extremely excited to name Sean Quinn to our staff,” DeSelm said at the time of his hiring in 2016.  “As the head coach of our club team, North Carolina Aquatic Club, for the past six years, Sean has demonstrated outstanding leadership and coaching abilities. His transition should be an easy one because, for 13 years, Sean has also been coaching our college swimmers on a part-time basis.

“The team knows and respects him and will benefit from his impact, now on a full-time basis. Sean is an outstanding coach, knows and loves UNC, is a fantastic representative of our school and program and will bring a great deal of knowledge and passion to the team, in practice and recruiting. He is a seasoned administrator and will be a great asset in that aspect of the job. We look forward to Sean moving into this new role with us.”

Over the years, Quinn worked to build NCAC into one of the top age group programs in the country, boasting multiple Nationals, Junior Nationals and Olympic Trials qualifiers.  In September 2014, he achieved one of the highest coaching honors when U.S. Swimming named him a National Team coach for the first time.  He went on to earn similar honors in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from U.S. Swimming.  Prior to becoming the overall head coach in 2010, Quinn was the head age group coach for the North Carolina Aquatic Club.  He was selected as a North Carolina Zone Team coach in 2009.  Quinn helped coach the North Carolina team to a third-place finish in that competition in Orlando, Fla.

A native of Lancaster, S.C., and 1999 alumnus of Lancaster High School, Quinn was a three-time All-America selection as a Tar Heel swimmer, earning those honors in 2000, 2002 and 2003.  His best NCAA finish was an eighth place in the 200-yard breaststroke as a freshman in 2000.  He also finished 10th in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships in 2002.

Quinn, a tri-captain of the 2002-03 Tar Heel team, won a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  He finished fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.  He was offered a slot on the United States Team at the 2002 Short Course World Championships in Moscow.  During his freshman year at UNC, he competed in the Short Course World Championships in Athens, Greece.  Before enrolling at Carolina, he swam in the 1999 U.S. Junior World Championships in Barcelona on a U.S. team coached by former Tar Heel head mentor Frank Comfort.

Quinn won ACC individual championships in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2000 and 2003.  Until 2014, he held the Tar Heel school record in the 200-yard breaststroke at 1:56.39.  He held the Tar Heel record in the 200-meter breaststroke at 2:14.92 set at the 2002 U.S. National Championships until it was broken last summer by current Tar Heel captain Michael McBryan.  A four-time All-ACC selection, Quinn swam for the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club while in high school and was coached there by Pat Hogan.  Quinn was named Carolina’s most outstanding swimmer in 2000 and 2002 and the team’s most valuable swimmer in 2003.  His sister Kathleen swam for four years at UNC and was a tri-captain of the 2004-05 women’s team.

Quinn graduated from Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies.
Born May 20, 1981, Quinn is married to Beth Colacurcio Quinn, herself a former UNC swimmer.  They have a daughter, Alice, 5 years old.  Son Henry will celebrate his second birthday on December 8, 2017.

Michael Baric
Assistant Coach

Michael Baric, a North Carolina native and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, was named a full-time assistant swimming coach at the University of North Carolina.  Tar Heel head coach Rich DeSelm announced the hire, effectively immediately, on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Baric, who also earned a graduate degree from the University of Florida, became the sixth full-time member of Coach DeSelm’s staff, joining diving coach Abel Sanchez as well as assistant swimming coaches Duncan Sherrard, Christy Garth and Sean Quinn.  Baric’s hire marked the first time in UNC swimming and diving history that Carolina has been fully staffed on a full-time basis.

Baric has served Tar Heel swimming and diving as an administrative assistant and operations assistant since 2016.  Prior to that he was a manager for the swimming and diving programs at the University of Florida while pursuing a master of science degree in sport management.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree in May 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington which he attended from 2010-14.  Baric majored in history and minored in psychology.

He was a member of the Seahawks’ swimming and diving team from 2010-14.  He was the captain of the Seahawks’ men’s swimming team from 2012-14 and also served as an intern in the athletic department there in his senior year.

Baric, a native of Raleigh, was a much-decorated swimmer at UNCW.  After earning an athletic scholarship to swim in Wilmington, he was named the team’s rookie of the year in 2010-11, awarded to the squad’s top performing freshman.  During his time at UNCW, he set school records in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley.  He won All-Colonial Athletic Association honors on 11 occasions and was a CAA scholar-athlete award recipient four straight years from 2011-14.

In 2013-14, he won the Seahawk Award for character, leadership and commitment to the swimming team at the University.

From 2011-16, Baric earned valuable experience coaching with club teams in both North Carolina and Florida, working with the Marlins of Raleigh and the Gator Swim Club in Gainesville, Fla.

Baric continued to train after graduating from UNCW.  In the process, he earned an invitation to swim in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials after training with Wolfpack Elite Swim Club as a post-graduate in Raleigh, N.C.  After attending UF, he moved back to the Triangle in 2016 and began his work with the Tar Heel program as an administrative assistant in the fall of 2016.

Mike Blum
Assistant Coach

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