Synchronized swimming: Luzaich dismissed after 39 seasons

By STUART GROSKREUTZ – Stillwater Gazette

After nearly four decades of guiding the most successful synchronized swimming program in Minnesota, Stillwater coach Judy Luzaich was dismissed this week following notification that her coaching contract will not being renewed, a decision approved by the school board as part of the consent agenda during Thursday night’s meeting.

Luzaich, a physical education teacher at Stillwater Junior High School, has coached the Ponies to a 281-13-2 record dating back to 1974 – including a 6-0 record this past season that finished with East Metro Conference and East Section titles and a runner-up finish at the state meet.

Stillwater has never finished lower than second in the 39-year history of the state meet, collecting 18 state championships and placing second 21 times. The Ponies have not lost a dual meet since the 1989 season, a streak that numbers at least 166 in a row.

Reached on Friday morning, Luzaich said only: "This was orchestrated. This process was done by design."

Stillwater activities director Ricky Michel was out of the office on Thursday and Friday and not available for comment.