The 2012-13 season will see assistant coach Kris Kubik continue a 30-year coaching association with Eddie Reese. Kubik, an All-American swimmer at North Carolina State, began his coaching career under Reese in the late 1970s.
After starting out as Reese's student assistant in 1978 at Auburn, Kubik is set to begin his 30th season with Reese at Texas in 2012-13. Of note, Kubik has had two stints at UT, from 1978-81 and 1986 until the present.
Kubik served as an assistant coach with USA Swimming at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy served as a special assistant to Eddie Reese as a member of the USA Swimming coaching staff at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which marked his first coaching appearance at an Olympic Games. Kubik served as an assistant coach for Team USA for the 2007 Pan American Games, where the Americans secured six gold medals, 10 silver medals and two bronze medals.
An All-American in the 100-yard backstroke and 400-yard medley relay at North Carolina State in 1974, Kubik competed in the 1972 United States Olympic Trials. He also was ranked in the Top 25 in the world in the 100-meter backstroke in 1973. Kubik then graduated from Auburn in 1978 after transferring from N.C. State.
When Reese took over the head coaching job in the spring of 1978, Kubik followed as his chief assistant and served in that role through the 1981 NCAA Championship season. Kubik departed UT for four years, first serving as age group coach of the Nashville Aquatics Club and later for the Longhorn Aquatics Club, a highly successful age group program in Austin. In 1985, Kubik returned to Texas. He has been at Reese's side for all 10 NCAA titles.
In September 2011, The University of Texas announced Kubik as an inductee into its Men's Athletics Hall of Honor. Kubik will be inducted on Nov. 18, 2011.
Kubik is married to the former April Russell, daughter of David Russell, a standout defensive back on two Southwest Conference Champion Longhorn football squads from 1959-61.