Widely respected for his innovative training sessions and coaching ability, veteran coach Doug Boyd was promoted to Associate Head Swimming Coach in 2005 and is in ninth season at Texas A&M.
"Doug brings an incredible amount of experience and creativity to our program," Holmes said. "Every place he has been, his people have been swimming fast. He has a passion for swimming and for getting his swimmers to excel."
During his time at A&M, the Aggies have enhanced the already well-established tradition of strong freestyle sprinters at Texas A&M.
Since his arrival, the Aggies have achieved new school records in all the freestyle sprints, with Ozzie Gardner taking down the 50 and 100 free school standards at the 2008 NCAA Championships, and Balazs Makany again lowering the 100 free record and setting the 200 free mark in 2009. John Dalton lowered the 50 record in 2012 and the 100 free in 2013.
A master of ensuring his swimmers peak for the most important races, virtually all the Aggies' fastest times in the 50 and 100 freestyles have been achieved at the Big 12 Championships or the NCAA Championships.
The Scarsdale, N.Y., native has spent time all over the United States during his lifetime of swimming and has been successful every place he's been.
"I've been fortunate enough to work at several great, high profile universities, but this is the first time I feel I'm at a school where all the resources are in place to win a national championship," Boyd said. "The swimming facility and the atmosphere of this university are unbelievable."
Boyd arrived at A&M from the University of Michigan where he spent a couple of years coaching the women's sprinters. During his short tenure there he coached seven NCAA All-Americans and was a part of the group that won the 2004 Big Ten Championship.
Boyd has also been a head coach at the Division I level. He was the head coach at Rice University for four years where he was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Women's Coach of the Year in 1999. Boyd coached the women for four seasons and the men for a year until the program was disbanded in 1999.
Boyd was very successful at Rice, earning the Owls their first, and only, top 25 finish in school history. Boyd coached sprinter Mandy Mularz to NCAA runner-up honors in the 50 free as well as the 2002 WAC Swimmer of the Year award.
While there, Boyd coached five All-Americans and 34 Academic All-WAC members. His swimmers broke 32 school records during his time there as well.
Boyd went to Rice after an extremely successful run at the University of California, at San Diego, a Division III school. He left the school after being named the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 1998.
Boyd's teams at UCSD earned a total of nine NCAA runner-up team finishes, five on the men's side and four on the women's. His women's teams also finished third at the national meet three times while his men did so once.
His UCSD swimmers experienced much success at the individual level, winning 16 NCAA titles and three NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards. His swimmers broke four NCAA records, 63 school records and earned 69 NCAA All-American titles.
Boyd's first head coaching job opened up after he spent two years as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Indiana University. During his short time there, he coached five All-Americans and three school record holders.
Boyd got into coaching after a successful career as a swimmer himself. He was captain of the 1986 Indiana men's team where he was a three-time All-American and five-time Big Ten champion.
His success on the collegiate scene carried over to the international level where he was a member of the USA Swimming National Team from 1989-1991. Boyd was ranked No. 4 in the world in the 50-meter freestyle in 1990 (22.46).
Boyd participated in the Olympic Trials three times and was a U.S. nationals finalist 27 times.
Boyd participated in a myriad of international events during his time in the water. He competed for the USA at the 1989 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan; both the 1987 World University Games in the former Yugoslavia, as well as the 1991 Games in England. He also took part in the 1990 World Cup in Perth, Australia, as well as the 1989 Alamo Cup, a USA/USSR head-to-head showdown. He has also spent time competing in Italy, Japan, Sweden and former West Germany.
Boyd earned a master's degree in sports management and administration in 1990 from Indiana University after gaining a bachelor's degree in telecommunications in 1986.
Boyd is also a 1982 graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa.
The Boyd File
Born: August 2, 1964 in Jacksonville, N.C.
Education: Indiana University
• B.A. in telecommunications, 1986
• M.S. in sports management and administration, 1990
• 1999 WAC Women's
Coach of the Year
• 1998 NCAA Division III
Coach of the Year
• 2005-Present: Assoc. Head Coach, Texas A&M
• 2004-05: Asst. Coach, Texas A&M
• 2002-2004: Women's Sprint Coach, University of Michigan
• 1998-2002: Head Coach, Rice
• 1990-1998: Head Coach, UC-SD
• 1988-1990: Graduate Assistant Coach, Indiana University
• 1987-1988: Volunteer Coach, LSU
• 1986-1987: Student Assistant Coach, Indiana University