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Spahn, Childers Join Rebel Swim Staff

Jim Reitz announced two new hires on Thursday.

July 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Joe Spahn and Lisa Childers have been named as assistant coaches for the UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving teams, UNLV head coach Jim Reitz announced on Thursday.

"Joe, originally out of New Mexico and son of long-time New Mexico coach Bill Span, comes to us with a deep knowledge of the sport," said Reitz. "He is already off to a great start with us, and we feel very fortunate to have him on our staff."

Spahn will serve as the Rebels' recruiting coordinator as well as coaching one of the stroke groups. He comes to UNLV after spending the past two years at the University of Georgia, where he was an assistant coach for the men's and women's team under Jack Bauerle, and also served as an assistant coach for the Athens Bulldogs Swim Team during those two years. Spahn was on both the swimming and cross country teams at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for his first year years of college. He finished up his collegiate career at Minnesota State University, with two more years on the MSU squad. Spahn received his bachelor's of science degree in physical education in December of 2009 from Minnesota State, and a master's of science degree from Georgia in kinesiology in May of this year.

Childers joins the UNLV staff after eight seasons with Florida Lauderdale Aquatics (2004-12) and will serve as the Rebels' director of operations while also working with the sprint group. While in Fort Lauderdale, Childers worked with David Gibson (former UNLV assistant coach from the late 1980s), and was coach for the senior group while also serving as assistant coach for the FLA Masters Team. She served as the event director for the 2011 USA Swimming Open Water Nationals, and was the event director at one of the largest age group events in the world, the International Invitational which hosts over 1,000 swimmers annually.

"Lisa has vast experience in working with swimmers with senior level ability," said Reitz. "She is also very notable for her experience as an event director, and that's another positive she brings to our staff."



A native of Scotland, Childers attended North Glasgow College, where she received a higher national diploma in sports coaching and development in 1999, and followed that with a bachelor's of science degree in sports coaching and development from the University of Abertay Dundee in 2000. While in Scotland, Childers won several national titles, was a member of the Scottish National Team from 1991-97, and an Olympic Trials qualifier in 1996.
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