Boca Raton High School has hired a new swim coach following the dismissal of the school’s previous coach amid a Palm Beach County School Police investigation.
The school announced on Monday that Allan Williams will replace Eric Hill, a 41-year-old math teacher who was removed from his coaching and teaching positions at the school in May due to an unspecified investigation.
Hill coached the swim team for 15 years, winning three state titles and three FHSAA Coach of the Year awards in that span.
Williams will take over and Boca Raton graduate Katie Zientarski will join the coaching staff as an assistant coach. Matt Vieke will lead the diving team.
Williams, who runs a club team in Boca Raton, has experience coaching many athletes currently on the Boca swim team. He said he will look to treat all of his athletes equally and fairly.
“I think all my job needs to be, really, is to continue the tradition that has already been established,” said Williams. “If I do my job and continue to coach the way I have coached for the past 30 years, I don’t think I’ll have any issues gaining the respect of parents and athletes.”
Williams also hopes to build on the swimming program’s past success.
"Coach Williams represents everything and more that we were looking for in our next leader,” said Boca High athletic director Matthew Ryder. “After an extensive search and speaking with former Boca High state-champion swimmers about him as a coach and mentor, there is no doubt we found the best candidate to lead our program going forward."