By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Longtime coach now in command of Mullen boys swim and dive; familiar face brings wealth of knowledge and experience.
She knows how to run a swimming-and-diving program at a high school that doesn’t have a pool is among her long list of accomplishments in the sport.
And she knows about enjoyment while teaching.
So Beckie Mutz, a familiar face in the area, is the new boys head coach at Mullen.
“I’m really excited and it should be fun,” Mutz said.
Mullen’s third boys coach in three seasons once the spring begins practice on Feb. 21, Mutz is a native Coloradan (Fort Collins) who began swimming at age 8 and competed for the Rocky Mountain Lobos.
For the past 11 seasons, she has led the Colorado Academy girls (in Class 3A; Mullen is in 4A). She also has been a coach at Cherry Hills Country Club for nine years and led the Southwest Family YMCA USA Team.
Taking over the Mullen boys program is a welcomed challenge as well as change.
“I’ve coached girls primarily,” Mutz said, “but I really enjoy the boys. I can work them very, very hard and I can push them harder.”
Said Mullen interim athletic director Joey Mahmood: “Mullen is very excited to have Beckie coaching and leading our boys swim and dive program. She has a lot of great experience. She knows how to run a successful program and, more importantly, help our swimmers and divers reach their potential. We are very excited to have Beckie be a part of our community!”
A year ago, the Mullen boys were 11th as a team and recorded several improved times.