The final lists are in, and in 2012 a total of 30 coaches were awarded as a part of USA Swimming’s Coach’s Incentive program. Each year, both the coaches of record and the developmental coaches of medal-winning athletes at the designated Operation Gold Meet. With $330,000 in the award pool, the math worked out easily this year and coaches received an average of an even $11,000
This year, that meet was the Olympics, with three coaches eligible for each athlete who won an individual medal (in an Olympic event, but in the Olympics, all events are Olympic events): the athlete’s current coach, the athlete’s University coach, and the athlete’s Developmental Coach.
The current coach must meet the standard of having coached the athlete for at least 90 days in the 24-months in the leadup to the medal-winning performance. University coaches must have coached the athlete for at least two years at the time of the medal-winning performance to get credit. Finally, the developmental coach (es) must have coached the athlete for at least 24 months from ages 11-18.
Up to 4 coaches can receive awards for each medal-winning swim; if more than 4 coaches meet the criteria set up above, the developmental or university coaches who worked with the athlete for the shortest amount of time are cut from the list.
The program is designed not only to reward an athlete’s current coach, but those as young as the age group level who had a major impact on an athlete’s career.
Below is the list of all coaches awarded. We’ve done our best to assemble which athletes, specifically, each coach was eligible to receive an award for, but we apologize if we miss one. Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it.
|Chuck Batchelor||Bluefish Swim Club||Elizabeth Beisel|
|Jack Bauerle||University of Georgia||Allison Schmitt|
|Mike Bottom||University of Michigan||Tyler Clary|
|Bob Bowman||North Baltimore Aquatic Club||Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt|
|Carl Cederquist||Crimson Aquatics||Elizabeth Beisel|
|Jeff Cooper||Oakland Live Y’Ers||Peter Vanderkaay|
|Rick DeMont||Tucson Ford Dealers||Matt Grevers|
|Dave Durden||University of California||Nathan Adrian|
|Ron Forrest||Fort Worth Area Swim Team||Dana Vollmer|
|Bob Groseth||Northwestern University||Matt Grevers|
|Charlie Kennedy||Suburban Seahawks||Brendan Hansen|
|Michael Lawrence||Lake Forest Swim Club||Matt Grevers|
|Steve Lochte||Daytona Beach||Ryan Lochte|
|David Marsh||SwimMAC||Cullen Jones, Nick Thoman|
|Lea Maurer||Stanford University||Matt Grevers|
|Teri McKeever||University of California||Caitlin Leverenz, Dana Vollmer|
|Josh Morgan||Plymouth-Canton Cruisers||Allison Schmitt|
|Ed Nessel||Unattached||Cullen Jones|
|Dan Ohm||Aulea Swim Club||Allison Schmitt|
|Jeff Pearson||Sierra Marlins Swim Team||Haley Anderson|
|Eddie Reese||University of Texas||Brendan Hansen|
|Franz Resseguie||Tualatin Hills Swim Club||Caitlin Leverenz|
|Dave Salo||University of Southern California||Haley Anderson, Rebecca Soni|
|Todd Schmitz||Colorado Stars||Missy Franklin|
|Tom Speedling||Scarlet Aquatics||Rebecca Soni|
|Benson Spurling||Cincinnati Aquatic Club||Nick Thoman|
|Yuri Suguiyama||Nations Capital||Katie Ledecky|
|Brooks Teal||Unattached||Cullen Jones|
|Gregg Troy||University of Florida||Ryan Lochte, Elizabeth Beisel|
|Jon Urbanchek||FAST||Peter Vanderkaay, Tyler Clary|