Oregon State swimming head coach Larry Liebowitz has announced his retirement, after 13 years at the helm of the Beavers.
Liebowitz coached seven of OSU’s nine swimming All-Americans and led the Beavers to three of their best finishes at the NCAA Championships, including 20th in 2004. His OSU career was highlighted by the individual finishes by Saori Haruguchi, the school’s only NCAA champion (200-yard butterfly) in 2008, and the runner-up finish by Birte Steven (200 breastroke) in 2004.
“Coach Liebowitz has been an outstanding ambassador for Oregon State athletics and on behalf of the university I congratulate him on an outstanding career,” Oregon State Vice President/Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said in a release.
Liebowitz came to Oregon State after serving as an assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach at USC for eight years.
“I have enjoyed my 13 years at the helm of the swimming program at OSU,” Liebowitz said. “I would like to thank Todd Stansbury and Bob De Carolis (former OSU A.D.) for their support of the program, as well as the athletics support staff for our student-athletes, which I have seen improve greatly in my tenure.
“I would also like to thank my assistant coaches during my career at OSU — Magdalena Rhode, Mary Anne Gerzanick-Liebowitz and Jamie Jackson — for their outstanding contributions and support to our student-athletes and myself. It has been an honor to be a member of and represent Beaver Nation.”
Oregon State will conduct a national search to fill the vacancy.