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NFHS Mississippi Coach of the Year

Robert Gonzalez

Oxford Swim Coach, Robert Gonzalez

Oxford, Mississippi (November 4, 2020) — Oxford Swim Coach, Robert Gonzalez, received the NFHS Coaches Association Award for Mississippi for the 2019-2020 school year. This prestigious awards program is administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations and supported at the local level by the MHSAA.

Gonzalez, a science teacher at Oxford Middle School, is in his 6th year of coaching Oxford's swim team. Gonzalez is an Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) and a Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC). Gonzalez has worked in the sport of swimming since age 4 and was a junior national qualifier. After high school, he attended Mississippi State University and coached Starkville High School and their club swim team. Following graduation in 2012, he took his first teaching job at Tunica Middle School and coached the inaugural swim program at Rosa Fort High School.

“I am just so glad we were able to make this season work. The doubts of the season were felt all the way into September on if there would be a championship meet. The work of just finding water to swim in since March has been stressful and challenging. Due to that, it was important on so many levels beyond the sport itself - it allowed a little bit more normalcy into the lives of our swimmers and families. Our program provided a safe, healthy environment for our swimmers which was needed for their physical, emotional, and mental health. I am so proud of how they responded to adversity in so many ways this season to make it something they'll never forget,” Gonzalez said.

About the 2020 Swim Season

Group photo of Coach Gonzalez with the Oxford swim team

Coach Gonzalez pictured with the Oxford swim team

The 2020 swim season has just concluded with the girls team finishing as state runner-up and boys as second runner-up.

Julia Dennis – 1st in the Girls 50- and 500-yard Freestyle. Broke own state record in the 50- and is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation for girls aged 16-Under.

Charles Byars – 1st in the Boys 100 Freestyle and 3rd in the 200 Freestyle.

Boys 200 Free Relay – Cipkowski, Byars, Thomas Dyminski, and Tulchinsky

Medalists:

  • Cole Oyler – 2nd in the Girls 50- and 100- yard Free
  • Girls 200 Medley – Hannah Harper, Madeleine Gaia, Ellinor Maxwell, Julia Dennis (Silver)
  • Boys 200 Medley – Charles Byars, William Berry, Neil Cipkowski, Jacob Tulchinsky (Bronze)
  • Girls 200 Free – Harper, Oyler, Mary Byars, and Emery Kate Schneider (Silver)
  • Girls 400 Free – Dennis, Maxwell, Gaia, and Oyler (Silver)