September 1, 2011

Barrios Named Interim Men's And Women's Swimming Head Coach

Stockton, Calif. - University of the Pacific Vice President for External Relations and Director of Athletics Ted Leland announced today that assistant coach Gus Barrios has been named Interim Men's and Women's Swimming Head Coach.

"I am confident that Gus will provide great leadership to our swimming program," said Leland. "He has helped develop many of the student-athletes in our program, so it should be a smooth transition."

"Pacific Swimming has had a great tradition in the sport and I'm excited for the opportunity and the upcoming season," said Barrios. "The teams are stronger than ever and we look forward to a rewarding season."

Barrios has been an assistant coach for the Tigers for three years, following six seasons as an assistant coach at Cleveland State.

As the Tigers' assistant coach, Barrios was responsible for the organizational and administrative components of the men and women's program, such as recruiting and providing perspective into the sport from his successful career as a student-athlete.

As the director of Pacific's sprint program, Barrios coached then-senior Jenny Lewis to the NCAA Championships in 2009, where she placed 51st in the 50 Free and 61st in the 100 Back.

Barrios played a key role in the Orange and Black's recent successes, helping to guide the men's team to a second-place finish in the inaugural Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships last season. He played a key role in the coaching of 14 All-MPSF selections.

During his time in the water, Barrios won multiple league championships, event titles (100 Free and 200 and 400 Free Relays), and was a finalist in the several other events during his four years (1999-2003) with the Cleveland State Vikings. As a freshman in 1999, Barrios anchored the 400 Free Relay team that clinched the Midwestern Collegiate Conference team championship for the Vikings.

A native of Panama, Barrios has had the distinction for representing his country in several international competitions. He represented Panama at the 2001 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, at the 1998 Central American & Caribbean Games in Maracaibo, Venezuela and the 2001 Central American Games in Guatemala.

A member of the Dean's List during his four years at CSU, Barrios received the 2002 Barnes and Noble Director's Award for the highest cumulative grade point average among all graduating student-athletes.

His insight and knowledge into the sport of swimming allowed Gus to excel as a respected coach in the Horizon League with Cleveland State. In addition, his ability to relate to current swimmers through performances in the water as well as academically provided the coaching staff with tremendous insight.

Barrios has earned his master's degree in sports management and exercise science from Cleveland State in 2007.