Swimming coach Mark Schubert to retire from the Mission Viejo Nadadores

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Hall of Fame coach Mark Schubert of the Mission Viejo Nadadores will retire in December from the club that he helped build into a world-renowned powerhouse, the Nadadores announced Thursday.

Schubert, 72, was expected to share the news with his swimmers on Thursday afternoon.

His last meet with the Nadadores will be the Speedo Winter Junior Championships in Austin, Texas, Dec. 8-11.

“The Nadadores have always been near and dear to my heart,” Schubert said in a statement. “I feel blessed to have been a part of this program and have loved helping young swimmers reach their potential.”

Schubert returned for his second stint in Mission Viejo in 2016, eventually replacing the retired Bill Rose.

Schubert’s tenure was highlighted by the development of Tesoro’s Michael Brinegar, who went on to Indiana and made the U.S. Olympic team this year.

He also trained open water Olympian Haley Anderson and helped mold up-and-coming swimmers such as Justina Kozan of Santa Margarita, Katie Crom of Tesoro, Macky Hodges and Humberto Najera of Santa Margarita and distance swimmer Will Gallant.

Janet Evans’ daughter, Sydney Willson, a freshman at JSerra, also was among the Nadadores’ rising swimmers.

Kristin Yellin, a board member with the Nadadores, wasn’t able to immediately respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.

The club stated that a search for a new head coach has started.

Schubert’s second stint also featured helping the Nadadores’ elite swimmers navigate a return to training in May 2020 under strict COVID-19 protocols.

In June 2019, the Nadadores also hosted Caeleb Dressel during their annual Dolfin Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions.

Schubert, a seven-time U.S. Olympic coach, emerged as a top coach by training numerous Olympians with the Nadadores in the 1970s and 1980s. He went on to guide teams at Texas and USC to NCAA titles.

One of his prized pupils with the Nadadores was two-time Olympic champion Brian Goodell, now a council member in Mission Viejo.

“I am sorry to see Mark Schubert leave the helm of the Nadadores, and I want to congratulate and wish the best to Mark and his wife, Joke, on the next phase of their lives,” Goodell said in a statement.

“Mark’s dedication and hard work helped thousands of athletes achieve their goals and dreams, including dozens of Olympians, and impacting athletes from all over the world. Mark’s passion and intensity to build the Mission Viejo Nadadores into a nationally ranked team created one of the most successful swimming and diving programs in the world, a legacy we value and honor today.”

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