Ryan Adams, an assistant the past three years at his alma mater, has been named Lawrence High's girls and swimming diving coach.
He will assist Pat Grzenda during the boys season in the winter before taking control of the LHS girls program in the spring. Grzenda resigned two weeks ago as the Lions' head girls coach.
Adams will be paying extra attention to Grzenda during the upcoming boys season.
"I'm going to follow that boys team super closely and take notes as the season goes along," Adams said. "You can't work for someone for three years and not learn something."
Adams, 26 and a 1992 LHS graduate, is eager to be the head coach at his alma mater.
"I like Lawrence High," said Adams, who swam the 200 freestyle, 500 free and 200 individual medley in high school. "It did a lot for me. It's nice to be able to give something back to the school."
Adams swam one year at the University of Wyoming and student taught at Green River, Wyo., before returning home. He teaches math at South Junior High.
Ever since Free State High opened in 1997, Adams has assisted with the LHS and FSHS swimming programs.
"I learned a whole bunch," Adams said. "It actually prepared me to be a head coach. You pick up a lot on the ins and outs of the program."
Next spring will mark the first time LHS and FSHS will have separate head coaches. Former Lion swimmer Jama Crady has been named the head swimming and diving coach at FSHS.
"I get along with all of them," Adams said of the LHS swimmers. "I'd like to think they respect me."
The pool under construction at Free State is scheduled to open sometime next spring, which will allow the Firebirds to swim there instead of Knox Natatorium on the LHS grounds. Adams expects both the Lions and Firebirds to share the same pool for practice early next season before splitting later.
"Moving apart will be kind of weird," Adams said. "We'll be swimming at the same meets once or twice a week, so we'll always see them. It'll be nice to wean ourselves from each other."