Bob Bowman’s most famous protege, Michael Phelps, may be moved on to new sports, but that doesn’t mean his coaching career won’t move on. Bowman was announced as the head coach for the U.S. Men’s World Championship team for this summer’s Barcelona World Championships at the most recent meeting of the USA Swimming steering committee, multiple sources have confirmed.
An official announcement of him in this role, and Dave Salo as the coach of the women’s team will be made by USA Swimming later this week.
Bowman’s two biggest trainees headed toward the London Olympics were the aforementioned Phelps, and the 2012 SwimSwam Female Swimmer of the Year Allison Schmitt.
With Schmitt back training under Jack Bauerle at Georgia, Phelps retired, and Bowman travelling the world serving as a consultant to many different federations, including the British, there’s no Olympic team members still under his direct supervision. A few he has recently coached, though, could be on this team. That includes Chase Kalisz, who was still training at NBAC until January where he also joined the Georgia roster. Young distance swimmer Gillian Ryan also has a chance, perhaps in the 400 free, and recent NBAC alum Liz Pelton will be in the mix as well.
Assistant coaches will be named at a later time.