A Candid Conversation with Griffith University’s Michael Bohl on Chasing Greatness

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

Michael Bohl is the head coach at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He’s led Kaylee McKeown, Emma McKeon, and Stephanie Rice (among many, many others) to immense Olympic success. SwimSwam sat down with ‘Bohly’ and had a long conversation a out his coaching style, philosophy, and mindset heading into an Olympic season.


Music: Otis McDonald

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3 months ago

When did Dylan Andrea move to SASI?


3 months ago

Did a second listen and noticed Coleman calls Kaylee and Regan “the two greatest backstrokers of all time”. Surprised he’s not getting heat for that haha

3 months ago

The entry list for QLD Champs is out for anyone interested.


Hannah Casey is missing and she no longer has a club set at results central. Maybe she’s taking a break from swimming?

Seebohm and Horton also missing otherwise all the QLDers seem to be entered.

Some from out of state entered:

Joshua Yong
Will Yang
Matt Wilson
Haig Buckingham
Will Petric
Isabella Boyd
Brad Woodward
Sam Williamson
Tamsin Cook
Olivia Wunsch
Iona Anderson
Shaun Champion

Quite a few Japanese entered as well including Seto and Ikee.

Last edited 3 months ago by Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Oh Schoeman is also entered.

Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Harkin’s entries are very random lol if she was gonna just be entering off events you’d think it would be the 200 free/200im and not the 1500 and sprint fly?

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

marion giving it a miss because of the turnaround after japan open. no c2 either, but I expect she’s going to the nsw meet that’s running parallel to qld states

Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
3 months ago

Madi isn’t going to the Japan Open so maybe just not ready to start her season.

3 months ago

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I thought Kaylee was crazy for changing her lifelong coach right after he assisted her to 3 Olympic golds… but it seems like she did make the right decision. Bohly and Kaylee could make some serious history next year if everything goes right

M d e
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

She swam with other coaches before Chris Mooney.

he did a tremendous job though, so still a big risk.

Pieter H
3 months ago

Bohl truly elevated and inspired his swimmers to greatness. His results speak for itself.

Steve Nolan
3 months ago

Worth listening to the very end for him saying he listens to the podcast, but…not all of them.

Miss M
3 months ago

Such a great interview. Bohly is very personable. Love how he keeps learning, and impressed by the generosity of some of the US coaches. I’d love to be in on the conversations between Bowman and Bohl.

T Hill
3 months ago

Keep up the great work “Bohly” and thanks for sharing, while staying humble as always.
Hope to see you & Steelman down the road

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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