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Jarrod Marrs, a three-time USA individual national champion in the 100-meter breaststroke, begins his fourth season with the University of Houston Swimming and Diving program and his third as a full-time assistant coach.
In his role, Marrs assists head coach Mark Taylor with routine practice duties and helps in meet management at all Cougar home events. He also will be responsible for on-deck coaching during meets and assist in all recruiting efforts. In addition, he will work as the head coach for Houston Cougar Aquatics, a club team affiliated with the University of Houston.
In 2006-07, Marrs continued to work with the Cougar breaststrokers, a group that consistently performed throughout the season. Senior captain Szintia Szanto added seven more Top 10 times in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events and finished her outstanding career as the owner of all but six of the Top 10 times in both events.
In 2005-06, Marrs' hard work and dedication to the program paid off, as Szanto established herself as the program's greatest breaststroker. Szanto set school records in both the 100- and 200-yard event, eclipsing records that stood for at least 18 years.
Marrs, who was hired in August 2005, served as a volunteer assistant swimming coach with the UH team during the 2004-05 season when the Cougars finished 20th nationally at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
"As a competitor at the NCAA Championships and at the highest levels of USA Swimming, Jarrod brings a wealth of experience in coaching and techniques," Taylor said. "He will improve our overall program and help move us into the Top-20 teams at the NCAA Championships."
The UH assignment was not Marrs' first in the coaching ranks as, he previously served as an assistant coach with the Cy-Fair Swim Club in 2004-05. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant coach for the Curl-Burke Swim Club in Virginia from 2000-04.
After graduating from LSU in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Marrs spent four seasons as a student assistant coach. Marrs broke into the coaching ranks as an assistant coach with the Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club in Baton Rouge in 1995, a role he continued until 1998.
He brings a wealth of experience from the international level. As a breaststroker, Marrs was a member of numerous international teams. He began his career with a bronze medal at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships. From there, he would compete at the 1999 Pan American Games and earned silver medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and as a member of the 400-meter medley relay.
Marrs received another gold medal as a member of the winning 400-meter medley relay at the 2000 World Championships. In 2001, he received a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Goodwill Games.
He earned a silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2003 Pan American Games and was a U.S. Olympic Trials finals finalist in both 2000 and 2004.
By the time that his career had ended, Marrs had earned seven medals in individual competition. In addition, he ranked among the Top-30 breaststrokers in the world in at least one event for seven consecutive years from 1997-03.
As an undergraduate at LSU, Marrs established himself as one of the nation's finest collegiate swimmers. He was a 12-time All-American with the Tigers and was the SEC champion in the 200-yard breaststroke. He joined the Tiger program as a walk-on in 1995 and began his award-winning career following surgery on both shoulders that same season.
Marrs and his wife, Holly, live in Houston.
THE MARRS FILE
Full Name: Jarrod Thomas Marrs
Date of Birth: May 28, 1975
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Named UH Assistant Coach: Aug. 15, 2005
Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, La. 1993
LSU, B.S. in mechanical engineering 1998
Married to the former Holly Winters
2005- Houston, Assistant Coach
2004-05 Houston, Volunteer Assistant Coach
2004-05 Cy-Fair Swim Club, Assistant Coach
2000-04 Curl-Burke Swim Club, Assistant Coach
1995-98 Bengal Tiger Aquatic Club, Assistant Coach
INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
2004, 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials Finalist
2003 Pan American Games
2002 Pan Pacific Championships
2001 Goodwill Games
2000 World Championships
1999 Pan American Games
1997 Pan Pacific Championships
COLLEGIATE SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
1995-98 Lettered at LSU
1998 SEC champion in the 200-yard breaststroke
12-time NCAA All-American
Three-Time USA indvidual national champion