Ken Goss returned to Oakland prior to the 2011-12 swimming season after taking a year off to coach in Georgia.
He inherited an Oakland team that had ended Smyrna’s reign in the pool as county champion. And this past season, Oakland added to that dominance winning a second straight county title.
For his team’s efforts, today The Daily News Journal has named Goss its swimming coach of the year.
“We had a great group of core swimmers,” said Goss, who coached a USA Club team before returning to Oakland this past season. “And the best part is we get a lot of them back.”
Oakland won the Doris Coady Rutherford County Swimming Invitational championship for a second straight year, but first under Goss.
Goss has coached at Oakland for five of the past six years.
Goss said everything aligned this year to have a well-rounded program.
“Over the past five years, we’d had a winning team,” Goss said. “We would have a strong boys team and have an average girls team, or vice versa. But now we have a pretty good boys and girls team.
“The good thing is we should be pretty stable for the next couple of years.”