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Eric Rasmussen returns to Loyola for a second season as assistant coach. Beginning his 13th year of Division I college coaching, Rasmussen brings a wealth of experience to the Greyhound program. That experience includes working with three of our nations top Olympic Coaches; Eddie Reese of The University of Texas, Mark Schubert of Southern California and Richard Quick of Stanford.
Prior to his arrival on the Evergreen campus, Rasmussen led conference rivals Saint Peter's College for eight years. During those years he orchestrated a mass rewriting of the school's swimming and diving records. With many of the records being broken numerous times, only the men's 400 IM and women's 50 freestyle records belong to swimmers not coached be Rasmussen. Additionally the team saw some of their most memorable performances at the conference level highlighted by gold medal winners Karl Rose with seven, Michael Betts with three and Kelly Crampton with two.
Before Saint Peter's, Rasmussen was at The University of Texas at Austin assisting with the men's swimming program; consistently one of the top collegiate programs in the country. There he coached with one of the nation's most respected swimming mentors; the 1992 Head Men's Olympic Coach, Eddie Reese. While Rasmussen was with the Longhorns they won the NCAA Championships twice and were runners up once.
Prior to his move to Austin, Rasmussen spent six years as the head coach at Ocean County College in New Jersey. During his tenure, Rasmussen brought over 40 athletes to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships where they collected nine All-American certificates. With individual athletes finishing as high as fourth place and a fifth place team finish in the 1987 women's meet, Rasmussen led the Vikings to some of their best seasons.
Rasmussen has also been very active in other areas of swimming including the camp and clinic circuit. As the head counselor/coach at the Longhorn Swimming Camp, Rasmussen spent many summers working with some of the most promising age group swimmers in the nation. It was there that he had the opportunity to work closely with Olympic Coaches Mark Schubert and Richard Quick. During his time with the Texas men's team, Rasmussen again got to work with Coach Schubert, who at that time was the head coach for the Texas women's team.
Additionally Rasmussen has been invited to coach at three NCAA Y.E.S. clinics, helped with the management of the 1988 Olympic Swimming Trials and has coordinated a number of other camps and clinics. Most recently he has been a guest coach at the Lehigh swimming Camp for the past six summers.
As an athlete, Rasmussen was a point scorer for Ocean County at the 1980 NJCAA Championships and was the team captain the following year. A 1983 Phi Kappa Phi graduate of Ithaca College, Rasmussen also attended graduate school at The University of Texas. He calls Toms River, New Jersey home and currently resides in Baltimore.