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Elite swim coach to depart Stirling for new position in Ireland

Credit: Scottish Swimming

High Performance Swim Coach Ben Higson is leaving Stirling University – to take up a new role with Swim Ireland.

He’s helped several top swimmers make Olympic and World Championship teams and coached Ross Murdoch to Commonwealth and European titles.

He’ll take up his new role in Dublin in September.

Ben said, “I am delighted to accept the position of National Senior Team Head Coach with Swim Ireland. The opportunity to challenge myself and work collaboratively with the swimming community throughout Ireland is extremely exciting.

“It has been a privilege to work at the University of Stirling with world class coaches, athletes and support staff. Without the backing and investment of so many people I would not be in this position today.

“I will miss working with the athletes in Stirling and wish them and the coaching staff the very best for the future – but my efforts from September will be with Ireland and the National Centre (Dublin) and I strongly believe that we have the team in place to see this nation flourish on the world stage”.

Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at the University of Stirling, commented, “We recognise that Ben’s significant contribution to swimming at Stirling, and to Scottish Swimming, has led to this opportunity and we wish him well as he takes this next step in his career.

“The University of Stirling in partnership with Scottish Swimming is already working on a succession plan to ensure the highest level of continuity for our athletes and will consolidate this before commencing a worldwide recruitment process.”

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