Mark Gangloff, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most dynamic young leaders in the world of collegiate swimming, was named the head coach for the men's and women's swimming and diving programs at the University of North Carolina in May 2019. Gangloff comes to UNC after seven years at the University of Missouri where he served as the Tigers' associate head coach for the last two seasons.
"Mark Gangloff is greatly respected in international and collegiate swimming and diving and has a passion for coaching and developing student-athletes," says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "His swimmers have demonstrated improvement and success, and he is known for his ability to relate with and motivate student-athletes.
"He's an Olympic gold medalist, captained a national championship-winning team at Auburn and a number of USA Swimming teams in international competitions, and has developed swimmers at Missouri for the past seven years. We look forward to Mark taking our men's and women's programs to another level in the years to come."
"I would like to thank Mr. Cunningham for the opportunity to serve the University of North Carolina as head swimming and diving coach," says Gangloff. "I am grateful to those coaches, support staff and athletes who have come before me and look forward to honoring them through my work. Building on recent individual successes and a rich history of program excellence, I can't wait to lead UNC swimming and diving to new heights. The culture of academic and athletic excellence at the University of North Carolina is second to none. I am excited to work with current and future Tar Heel swimmers and divers to achieve their academic and athletic dreams.
"I would also like to thank the University of Missouri, its tremendous coaches, and its administration for helping me to grow as both an individual and as a coach.
"Now it is time to get to work. Go Heels!"
In his seven years at Mizzou, Gangloff led the Tigers to five top-15 finishes at both the men's and women's NCAA Championships. The Tiger men posted back-to-back top-10 NCAA results in 2016 and 2017, with the 2016 team finishing a program-best eighth nationally and Fabian Schwingenschlogl winning the first NCAA title in school history in the 100 breaststroke. That same year the Tiger women also had an all-time best team finish, placing 11th overall.
Before his time at Missouri, Gangloff spent three years a volunteer assistant coach at Auburn, his alma mater. During his time on the Auburn coaching staff, he assisted with stroke technique, race strategy and strength and conditioning.
From 2007-09, Gangloff coached at Swim MAC Carolina in Charlotte, N.C., where he assisted in the development and implementation of program and training design. He also provided instruction on race strategy and post-race coaching for swimmers ages 10-18.
On the international stage, Gangloff made his first Olympic team in 2004, when he won a gold medal as part of the 400 medley relay in Athens. Four years later he qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games and was part of the 400 medley relay that won gold in Beijing.
At the World Championships, Gangloff was a three-time gold medalist in the 400 medley relay. He also won silver in the 50 breaststroke in 2005 and bronze in the same event in 2009. He was a team captain on both the 2009 and 2011 world teams as well as the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and USA National Championships teams, the 2008 Short Court World Championships team and the 2010 Duel in the Pool, where he helped set a world record in the 400 medley relay.
Additionally, Gangloff participated in the Pan-American Games in 1999, 2003 and 2007, earning gold medals in the 400 medley relay in 2003 and 2007, gold in the 100 breast in 2003 and bronze in the 200 breast in 1999.
As a collegiate swimmer at Auburn, Gangloff helped the Tigers to NCAA team titles in 2003 and 2004 and four straight SEC team titles. Individually, Gangloff earned 12 total All-America honors and won SEC titles in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Gangloff earned a degree in criminology from Auburn in 2005. He and his wife Ashley, a former national champion diver at Auburn, have three daughters, Annabelle, Hattie Rose, and Kathryn.
Jack Brown was been named associate head coach for the UNC swimming and diving programs in June 2019. Brown comes to Chapel Hill after seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri.
“I am thrilled that Jack Brown will be joining the Carolina swimming and diving staff," Gangloff says. "Jack has experience on high-performing teams, both as an athlete and as a coach, and he has additional expertise that will benefit our staff and athletes beyond technical coaching. Jack, with a Ph.D. in sport psychology and an emphasis in performance, will be a critical component in fostering a team culture that provides our student-athletes the opportunity grow personally, academically and athletically.”
“I am extremely grateful to Mark Gangloff and the administration at UNC for granting me the opportunity to serve as the associate head coach," Brown says. "Having grown up in the South, I am very familiar with the tradition and culture of excellence that the University of North Carolina maintains, and I am thrilled to become a part of it. I believe in the values, mission and vision that Coach Gangloff has for the program, and I am excited to get to work building the program over the coming years.
“I would like to thank the University of Missouri for everything that they have done for me. I would also like to thank Coach Rhodenbaugh for the opportunities he has provided me to work, learn and grow as a coach and a person. Finally, I want to thank all the athletes at Mizzou who have given me their best over the last seven seasons. Your efforts have made this opportunity possible, and I couldn’t be prouder to have called myself your coach.
“My wife Sarah and I look forward to the adventure that the future holds and to becoming a part of the University of North Carolina community! Go Heels!”
Brown spent the last three seasons at Missouri as a full-time assistant coach following four years as a volunteer assistant. During his tenure with the Tigers, Brown worked with the middle distance, distance and individual medley groups, serving as the primary coach of the distance group for the past three seasons. While at Missouri, Brown also earned his doctorate in sport psychology. In addition to his role as a full-time coach, Brown served as the swim teams’ mental performance coach.
Prior to becoming a full-time assistant, Brown also served as head group coach of the senior group for the Columbia Swim Club where he had several athletes set Missouri Valley records and qualify for Olympic Trials, U.S. Nationals and Junior Nationals. Brown also has coaching experience with the University of Arizona and Tucson Ford Aquatics, where he was a volunteer coach in 2010.
Before earning his doctorate in sport psychology, Brown graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the NCAA Championship team in 2008. A 10-time All-American, conference champion and former school record holder, Brown’s primary events were the 200 and 400 IMs. He was also named a first-team Academic All-American in 2010.
Following his collegiate career, Brown was a two-time member of the U.S. National team, a multiple-time U.S. Open champion and an Olympic Trials finalist in the 400 IM.
A native of Atlanta, Brown competed with Swim Atlanta and was a standout performer at The Westminster Schools, where he has been inducted into the athletic hall of fame. He and his wife Sarah, a former conference champion diver at Stanford and an orthopedic physician assistant, are expecting their first child in November.
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 in October of last year. Baric became the sixth full-time member of Coach DeSelm’s staff to mark the first time in UNC swimming and diving history that Carolina has been fully staffed on a full-time basis.
Prior to his promotion, Baric served as the Tar Heel swimming and diving program’s administrative assistant and operations assistant from 2016 until his hire. After earning his master of science degree in sport management from the University of Florida and working as a manager for the swimming and diving program, Baric moved back to the Triangle in 2016. Soon after, he took on his new role with UNC.
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. He also continued to train following his 2014 graduation from UNCW. In the process, Baric 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.
At UNCW, Baric majored in history and minored in psychology before graduating in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree. He was also a much-decorated member of the Seahawks’ swimming and diving team from 2010-14. After earning an athletic scholarship to swim in Wilmington, Baric was named the team’s rookie of the year in 2010-11, awarded to the squad’s top-performing freshman. Additionally, he captained the Seahawks’ men’s swimming team in his last two seasons while also serving as an intern in the athletic department during his senior year. 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.
Baric, a native of Mebane, N.C., lives in Durham with his fiancé and his dog and cat.
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.
Allyson Sweeney joined the UNC swimming and diving coaching staff in July. A standout performer in the pool at Texas A&M, Sweeney came to Carolina after spending last season as a volunteer assistant at Auburn.
"I am excited that Allyson Sweeney will be joining the Carolina swimming and diving staff," Gangloff says. "Allyson is a rising star. She works hard and demonstrates a growth mindset. She has worked with and learned from some of the best coaches and programs in the country.
"Not only does Allyson have a strong swimming background, but she also has a master's degree in kinesiology and experience in strength and conditioning. Combined, Allyson is a perfect fit for our program and will make immediate contributions to the development and execution of our programming. She will also play a critical role in recruiting next generation of Carolina swimmers and divers. All around, Allyson will be a real asset to this program."
"I’m honored and humbled beyond measure to have been granted the opportunity join the University of North Carolina swimming and diving coaching staff by Mark Gangloff and the UNC administration," Sweeney says. "Having a legacy of high academic and athletic excellence, which permeates throughout campus and surrounding areas, I’m extremely enthused to begin serving the UNC community and program.
"Thank you - to Gary Taylor and all of Auburn swimming and diving for allowing the opportunity for personal development and growth, while simultaneously accepting me as part of the Auburn family; to the numerous coaches and athletes over the years who have influenced and shaped my career; and to my family for their everlasting love and support. I am excited for our future and eager to begin our work! Go Heels!"
Sweeney helped lead the Auburn women to a 12th-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships, its best showing in seven years. The Tigers had 11 individuals earn All-America honors, and their point total of 146 was their best since the 2012 team placed seventh with 249 points.
Sweeney spend the 2017-18 season as an assistant at Florida Southern, where the men's team placed fourth at nationals and the women took 18th. She also spent time as the head coach of Lakeland Area Swimming, working with the top senior and high school level athletes in the area.
Prior to her move to Florida, Sweeney served as the head age group coach for Swim Atlanta – Midway in Cumming, Ga. During her two years with Swim Atlanta, she oversaw the development of the location's age group swimming and strength and conditioning training programs, producing several 14U Georgia state champions and Georgia zone team qualifiers.
Sweeney swam at Texas A&M for four years and was a member of two Big 12 championship teams. A four-time Texas A&M Scholar-Athlete, three-time Big 12 Scholar-Athlete and four-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, she graduated with a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology in 2013. She returned to A&M and earned a master's in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports physiology in May 2015.