Kyle Goodrich announced last week that he has stepped down as coach of the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team. He will continue to work with the program, though.

Kyle Goodrich announced last week that he has stepped down as coach of the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming and diving team. He will continue to work with the program, though.

Goodrich, a 1995 St. Charles graduate, recently agreed to become the coach of the newly-formed Ohio State Swim Club. Because of scheduling conflicts, he decided to resign from his position at St. Charles. He spent seven seasons as coach of the Cardinals after serving two seasons as an assistant on the program's coaching staff.

Geoff Gear, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant on Goodrich's coaching staff, is the new coach.

"(Ohio State has) talked about (starting the club team) for a few years now," Goodrich said. "Over the summer, I was chatting with (Ohio State swim coach) Bill Wadley about it, and everything started rolling.

"I hope this comes across the right way, but it wasn't (a difficult decision). I love St. Charles, but it wasn't difficult because I'm not leaving St. Charles. To be fair to the athletes, I thought that I needed to step down as head coach, because I would not be able to be at all the meets and all the practices.

"I have absolutely no plans to leave St. Charles. It's more of an administrative change. My joke is, as long as (the swimmers) like me, then this is not bad news."

Goodrich expects the coaching transition to be "seamless." He said he always considered Gear and assistants Brian Church and Josh Pintar to be "co-head coaches."

"I know Geoff will do a great job," Goodrich said.

Gear, a 1995 Worthington Kilbourne graduate, takes over a program that flourished under Goodrich. St. Charles won its first state championship in 2008, becoming the first boys program from central Ohio to win the title since Upper Arlington in 1987.

Also under Goodrich, the Cardinals were state runners-up in 2009, 2007 and '06, won four consecutive district championships from 2006-09, were district runners-up from 2003-05 and won seven CCL championships.

"I'm excited for the opportunity," Gear said. "But in many ways, things aren't going to change. (The coaching staff) will have the same responsibilities. Unless you mention the title change to the kids, they probably wouldn't notice any difference.

"I'll be relying on (Goodrich) pretty heavily through the year, making sure the program is staying on the right path."