There's no truth to the rumor that Brian Pajer has the Olympic Games rings tattooed across his chest. But if he did, it would be difficult to blame him.
Pajer was a two-time Big West Conference swimming coach of the year during his days as UC Irvine's head coach, but his success as a coach extends beyond the college-aged swimmers.
Pajer was coaching at Irvine's Novaquatics when Amanda Beard, Aaron Peirsol and Mike Cavic swam there as grade-schoolers, eventually becoming Olympic medalists. And after starting up the AquaZot Swim Club he coached another future Olympian in Kristen Caverly.
For now, Pajer is focused on his current group of swimmers at AquaZot, the club he founded in 1999 when he was an assistant at UCI and the school asked him to start a swim club based at the school's new pool.
The collegiate swimming program at UCI was eliminated in 2009, so Pajer has since put all his efforts into AquaZot, which included kids ages 5 through high school. This weekend he's been in Santa Clarita as AquaZot is competing in the California-Nevada Gold Sectionals and in a few weeks the team will go to Indianapolis for the Junior Nationals.