Assistant Coaches Named For United States Olympic Team

Prior to the start of day eight finals, USA swimming announced the assistant coaches for the 2016 U.S Olympic team.

Mike Bottom, Dave Durden, and Jack Bauerle will be joining head men’s coach Bob Bowman in Rio. Greg Meehan, Bruce Gemmell, and Ray Looze will be joining head women’s coach David Marsh on the coaching staff.

With only one more night of competition remaining and only roster spots in the women’s 50m freestyle and men’s 1500m freestyle on the line, a picture of the U.S Olympic team has formed and the aforementioned coaches each have athletes on the team.

MIKE BOTTOM

  • Connor Jaeger (400m freestyle) *Jaeger is also the top seed heading into tonight’s 1500m freestyle final.

DAVE DURDEN

  • Ryan Murphy (100, 200 backstroke)
  • Josh Prenot (200 breaststroke)
  • Nathan Adrian (50 free, 100 free, 4×100 free relay)
  • Anthony Ervin (50 free, 4×100 free relay) ***Ervin has been training with SwimMAC Carolina for a short while leading up to trials, but is still partially representing Cal Aquatics
  • Tom Shields (100, 200 butterfly)
  • Jacob Pebley (200 backstroke)

JACK BAUERLE

  • Olivia Smoliga (100 backstroke)
  • Jay Litherland (400 IM)
  • Hali Flickinger (200 fly)
  • Gunnar Bentz (4×200 free relay)

GREG MEEHAN

  • Lia Neal (4×100 free relay)
  • Simone Manuel (100 free, 4×100 free relay) *Manuel will also be racing in tonight’s 50m freestyle final.
  • Maya DiRado (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 backstroke)

BRUCE GEMMELL

  • Katie Ledecky (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 4×200 freestyle relay)

RAY LOOZE

  • Lilly King (100, 200 breastsroke)
  • Cody Miller (100 breaststroke)
  • Blake Pieroni (4×100 freestyle relay) *Pieroni’s spot on the team has not yet been confirmed.

 

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Captain Ahab
5 years ago

That is the best swim coaching staff ever assembled. The only person is Jim Steen.

Markster
5 years ago

No Eddie Reese ????

Don
Reply to  Markster
5 years ago

As a big fan of Eddie Reese,I think it’s probably because he only has two swimmers, Haas in the 2free and 800 relay and Conger in the relay.

SUNY Cal
Reply to  Don
5 years ago

Bottom only has 1 swimmer?? No Missy’s coach this time either??

Col. Trautman
Reply to  SUNY Cal
5 years ago

I’m hoping that was sarcasm by suggesting Missy’s coach should be named to the team.

weirdo
Reply to  SUNY Cal
5 years ago

Glad I am not the only one that thinks this is a strange pick. Jaeger is a medal contender and that is important, but I doubt Bottom has ever written a workout for the distance group at Michigan or Club Wolverine!!!

Swimhistorian
Reply to  Don
5 years ago

Didn’t Clark Smith make the relay too? That would make three.

RRP
Reply to  Markster
5 years ago

I was surprised by this too. Isn’t Eddie 72? I know he clearly is still on top of his game but he should have been picked just in case he decides to retire before 2020

Kate
Reply to  RRP
5 years ago

Eddie will be 75 on July 23rd. I hope he never retires, love watching UT.

swimdoc
Reply to  Markster
5 years ago

He may have declined or indicated he’d pass if offered. In an interview after NCAAs, Schooling said it would be tough not to have Eddie at Rio. It sounded like it was a done deal.

weirdo
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

Eddie declined

swimdoc
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

For the record, so did I.

John
Reply to  Markster
5 years ago

Why not Salo (Dwyer) instead of Bottom?

SUNY Cal
5 years ago

Reese should clearly be on before Bottom!!

BollesBoy
Reply to  SUNY Cal
5 years ago

Completely agree.

Observer
5 years ago

Not having abbeys coach is a big blow for the US. Just saying. Bad move USA.

Dylan
Reply to  Observer
5 years ago

How so? He only has 1 swimmer.

LPB
Reply to  Dylan
5 years ago

Because likely after tonight she will have 4 events in rio. 2 of which are relays and those according to USA swimming are the priority. The other heavy hitters all have their coaches there, only seems fair that the fastest (litterally) female in the meet has her coach too.

Dylan
Reply to  LPB
5 years ago

Agreed, but do you think medal worthy?

Rico
Reply to  Dylan
5 years ago

One American, but 4 Olympians. Santorelli from Canada, Lili ibanez from Columbia and Isabella Arcilla from Columbia. This guy is the futre of spriting, not the past.

Swimmer
Reply to  Dylan
5 years ago

So does Mike Bottom, and pretty sure Josh White is the distance coach up in Ann Arbor

weirdo
Reply to  Swimmer
5 years ago

Josh is n the OW staff and their camps are probably different locations. (not sure where Jordan will go but probably with OW). still can’t imagine Bottom coaching distance guys

Col. Trautman
Reply to  Observer
5 years ago

These are all excellent choices but agreed, Coley Stickels should have been named.

John haas
5 years ago

Mike Bottom? Does he even coach Connor?

Jewlz
5 years ago

You need at least one female coach for so many reasons.

Observer
Reply to  Jewlz
5 years ago

USA swimming has plenty of females on the support staff and Voght as open water.

SUNY Cal
Reply to  Observer
5 years ago

Who are the open water coaches??

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Jewlz
5 years ago

I didn’t even notice that at first. That’s pretty bad.

Though I can only name like, one female coach anyway. That is also bad!

SwimPim
Reply to  Steve Nolan
5 years ago

reason #1, reason #2…

SUNY Cal
5 years ago

No Greg Troy??

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  SUNY Cal
5 years ago

Who does he have on the team? Beisel?

swimdoc
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
5 years ago

Some guy named Dressel.

Swimmy
Reply to  SUNY Cal
5 years ago

I was gonna ask the same too!

marklewis
5 years ago

Has Bob Bowman ever been the Head Coach for the US Olympic and/or World Championship team?

Or is this his first rodeo as head coach?

weirdo
Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

He has been head coach at Worlds a couple times….I thought Durden should have been head coach for Rio. Bowman only cares about Phelps…not the role of a head coach

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

Than he better make only wise choices according to the Team’s needs

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