New FHS swimming coach has familiar name
There must be something in the water at the Foust household, as Freedom High School has announced that Reik Foust has been appointed the new head swim coach for the Patriots, while his father, also Reik, is entering his ninth season as head swim coach for the Liberty Hurricanes.
The younger Foust, a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School and a 2010 graduate of Catholic University of America, has been a part of the swimming world for almost as long as he can remember.
"Since I was little, I always wanted to do what my dad did. I've been behind-the-scenes for years and years," Foust said.
Most recently, Foust helped coach at the college level at Catholic University before becoming an assistant at Southern Lehigh High School. In addition, Foust coached at Saucon Valley Country Club for several summers with former Freedom swim coach, Kevin Remaley, and is currently a coach at Brookside Country Club, also in the summer.
Foust was also a four-year varsity swimmer at Catholic U., and he holds the Landmark Conference All-Conference Athlete 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record. In high school, Foust swam for the Hurricanes, and in particular, was coached by his father his senior year.
"I feel as though I'm a hybrid. My dad is a little old-fashioned, a little more stern. He doesn't talk too much, but he comes across in a genuine way and can be relatively blunt. Kevin is very energetic. He wants to be involved and keep everybody happy, and make it like a family," said Foust.
While at Southern Lehigh, Foust could feel that he was a good combination of both coaching styles, which he feels is important, if for no other reason than the enormous amount of time swimmers spend together.
"We're around each other more than other athletes. As kids are coming into school, we're already finished with our first practice of the day," he said.
Foust will be assisted by Therese Harrigan and Tea Geasasin, with their Freedom coaching debut scheduled for Dec. 13.