Swimming Video capture – Garrett McCaffrey / SwimSwam co-founder.
Video edit – Coleman Hodges / SwimSwam Production Manager.
ASU Swimming and Diving Coach Bob Bowman recently sat down with Swimswam’s Garrett McCaffrey for an exclusive interview. We have turned that interview into a 6-part mini series, Bowman Takes Tempe, running 1 episode each day of the week from May 31-June 5.
So far, Coach Bowman’s plan of attack for rebuilding this ASU program sounds stellar. He’s got a great background for it, he’s got backing from all parties involved, and his motives are certainly in the right place. However, no matter how good it may seem to be, it is inevitable that things go wrong.
It’s a really important part of the process. It’s where you learn the most.
Bowman has a healthy approach to failure, and has realistic expectations that it will indeed occur. He says himself that if things go wrong, he will look to make personal changes within his own actions, which will in turn facilitate change in others surrounding the program, activating a chain reaction that would ideally produce more favorable results. Bowman recognizes that failure is where an athlete learns how they can better themselves, and drives them to succeed that much more.
Will this approach be able to push the ASU program to new heights, as Bowman hopes? What does this mean for Bowman’s post-grad group, including the greatest of all time, Michael Phelps? Stay tuned for answers.
Coach Bowman is one of the greatest coaches in swimming history. Developing Michael Phelps, who delivered the greatest Olympic-run in history, often overshadows his long, storied career, but Bowman has had enormous success in all areas of his coaching life. Coach Bowman’s NBAC has developed countless elite athletes and swimmers competing at the college level. Bowman takes the reins at ASU Swimming and Diving as college swimming programs continue to get cut across the country. ASU’s choice to invest in Bowman and in swimming is beacon of light at this time in college swimming history.