GCHS names new boys swim team coach

Brian Watkins has been named head coach for the new Garden City High School boys swim team.

Garden City High School has announced that Brian Watkins will be the new head coach for the boys’ swim team for the 2017-18 season. The Board of Education approved the hiring at the October 9 meeting.

Watkins, a native of  was Curtis, Neb, obtained a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance from Fort Hays State University and following graduation was hired by Holcomb Recreation Commission. While in Holcomb, he started the Blue Tide Swimming Club and has seen exceptional growth and success in the club throughout the past seven years. Brian and his wife Emily have three children.

Watkins was hired this fall as a long-term substitute as a P.E. teacher at Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center. He will become a transition to teach teacher for the school district in the same position that he currently holds.

In September, the USD 457 board approved implementing the boys’ swimming program at Garden City High School, effective this school year. The team will begin competing in the 2017-18 winter sports season.