Former All-American and World Champion Bill Pilczuk has been named head coach of men’s and women’s swimming at SCAD Savannah, taking over for Chris Conlon who resigned in July to become the Director of Athletics at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis. Thomas Chasanoff, Savannah College of Art and Design’s sports information director, confirmed Pilczuk’s nomination with SwimSwam.
Pilczuk has been SCAD’s assistant coach for the last two years, during which time he helped lead both the men’s and women’s team to top five finishes at the NAIA National Championships. The men’s team finished third in both 2014 and 2015, while the women’s team earned back-to-back NAIA National Runner-Up Awards. Pilczuk was recognized as SCAD’s Assistant Coach of the Year for 2013-14.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the Bees in our quest to win the third national title for the women and first for the men this season,” said Pilczuk.
Prior to joining the Bees, Pilczuk was as a consultant, working with individuals swimmers, club teams, camps, clinics and coaching, including several 2012 Olympic team members.
Pilczuk was the National Sprint coach and National Youth coach for Great Britain from 2003-2008, and was a coach on several international teams including the World Championships, Junior World Championships, European Championships, European Juniors, Australian Age-Group Championships and the FINA World Cups. From 1992-2003 he swam and coached with Auburn University.
Pilczuk graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in 1994 and received a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 1998. He was the 1998 World Champion in the 50m freestyle, and gold medalist in the Pan Pacific Games. Pilczuk was a 5-time USA National Champion, 3-time NCAA All-American and was a member of the 4x50m medley relay world record in 1996.
You can read more about Pilczuk in Olivier Poirier-Leroy’s article, “The Day Bill Pilczuk Shook the Swimming World in Perth.”