FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU head coach Neal Studd was named the St. Lucia Head National Team coach by the St. Lucia Swimming Federation for the World Championships in Shanghai, China from July 16-31.
“It is a huge honor to be selected as the head coach of the St. Lucia National Team,” said Studd, the three-time CCSA Coach of the Year. “My goal is to not only represent our own athlete, Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), but the whole team. I am excited about my first world championship and visit to China. The ability to coach in the state-of-the-art facilities is a great opportunity.”
It will be Studd’s first trip to the World Championships, but it will be Beaubrun’s third, most recently competing in Dubai at the Short Course World Championships in December of 2010. Studd has the possibility to continue to coach the team at the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico if chosen by the Swimming Federation again.
Studd is a three-time CCSA Women’s Coach of the Year, leading FGCU to three consecutive CCSA titles. The Eagles finished the season ranked 32nd in the nation in the 2010-11 CSCAA / TYR Top 25 Poll. FGCU returns 21 swimmers and divers that picked up 13 gold medals, 11 silvers and five bronze, while winning three out of the five possible relay events at the CCSA Championship.
A rising junior, Beaubrun qualified for 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 100-meter breaststroke, representing her home country of St. Lucia. Beaubrun competed in the Central American and Caribbean Games in July of 2010, breaking five national records in her respective events. She finished in the top five in her preliminary races and took fourth place in the 100-meter breast, clocking in at 1:12.30.
“As the FGCU program continues to grow, it will be good for possible recruits at these international events to see not only our athletes, but a member of the coaching staff as well,” said Studd.