2013 Coach of the Year, Mike Bottom

In only 5 years as the head coach at Michigan, Mike Bottom has made the Wolverines into the best men’s team in the country. He gives well deserved credit to his staff, one of the most innovative groups of coaches ever assembled. But it’s his leadership that has created a culture that re-invented and re-ignited the tradition in Ann Arbor.

This group swam fast at every single meet they competed at, and that’s the kind of approach that Bottom thinks the whole sport should embrace. He’s got a lot of ideas about swimming, and hopefully this team title elevates the platform upon which he can share these ideas. Bottom is always trying to find fan friendly formats that showcase the sport. It starts with fast swimming, and Bottom proved that you don’t have to limit it to once a year. Congrats to Mike Bottom and the 2013 National Champion Michigan Wolverines.

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Mike’s team was very impressive this year. No doubt they surprised me and a lot of other fans. Congratulations!

I got to know some of the guys at Michigan when I trained there with them team for 6 months leading up to the Olympics, and this blew me away because I honestly didn’t believe they had it in them. Coaches Mark Hill and Mike Bottom reassured me that these guys were going to do big things once they got past their illnesses and injuries. The truth is, I’ve never seen true “team” unity and the power behind until I stepped foot onto their deck in 2012, it was something to truly admire. “Ask not what your team can do for you, ask what you can do for your team.” Congrats, coach!

Love to Mike. Big congratulations to the Michigan team and staff!

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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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