Bill Pilczuk Named Head Coach at SCAD Savannah

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.

SCAD women were runners-up at the 2015 NAIA National Championships. Photo: Anne Lepesant

SCAD women were runners-up at the 2015 NAIA National Championships. Photo: Anne Lepesant

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.”

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Jeff Dugdale
5 years ago

Congratulations, War Eagle

Gina Rhinestone
5 years ago

I read that Bill left Cardiff to join the Savannah PoliceForce . If so , he should put on his best LEO voice & give a warning about those swim shorts .

Andyrhodgson
Reply to  Gina Rhinestone
5 years ago

Bill was never in Cardiff, he was based in Swansea and left to return to his family who were still living in the states. Congrats Bill! Swansea Patriots forever

Gina Rhinestone
Reply to  Andyrhodgson
5 years ago

He was at the hoped for sprint HPC in Wales wherever. Of course his family stayed in the states & of course an American would return to the states . Why did you bother posting that ?

But you have not negated the Savagnnah PD info which was interesting enough that I remembered it . So he is still in Savannah , so it must have legs .

Now back to those baggy depressing swim things . Colleges of art & design ought have higher standards .

# swimshortsmatter

Patty McManus
5 years ago

Congratulations Coach Bill. Looking forward to a great season! Go Bees!

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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