Craig releases swim coach

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Eric Schmoldt
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Janesville Craig High's swim programs are in need of a new a head coach.

In an email to swimmers and parents dated March 5, Brian Kitzman, who spent 13 years with the Cougars, said Craig administrators had informed him that he will no longer be the head coach.

Kitzman confirmed that he sent the email but declined to comment further on the situation because he remains an employee of the School District of Janesville as an assistant track and field coach at Craig.

Craig athletic director Ben McCormick confirmed that the school has posted the open coaching positions. He said he could have no further comment because the issue was a personnel matter.

Kitzman, who also coaches at the club and youth level for the South Central Swim Team, said in his email he was not given a specific reason for the coaching change.

“The most frustrating thing about the situation is that I was never given any specific reason for the decision,” Kitzman said in the email. “Only that the Craig administration wants to take the Craig swim programs in a different direction with new leadership.”

Kitzman, a four-year letter winner at Craig as a swimmer himself, noted that in his 13 years, Craig has produced nearly 40 different state-qualifying swimmers and 36 school records.

Last fall, junior Erin Donagan took third at state in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 backstroke.

The Craig boys did not have any state qualifiers this winter, when Gazette records indicate the team had just 12 swimmers.

Last updated: 7:42 pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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