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.
College swimming is an environment where the NCAA reigns supreme, paperwork takes up just as much of your time as on-deck work, and swimming is a secondary focus to academics. So why would Bob Bowman, who’s had so much success at the club level through coaching numerous national, international, and professional level swimmers at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, want to give that all up and go coach at a program that was almost cut less then 2 years ago?
“When this Opportunity came up, it started checking all the boxes for what I wanted (in a program).”
In today’s episode, Bowman admits that had he not decided to move to Tempe in August, he would have left NBAC after the conclusion of the Rio Olympics in 2016. Since leaving Michigan in 2008, Bowman has looked at getting back into college coaching, and ASU had everything he has been looking for, including Men’s and Women’s programs, ample facilities, financial backing, perhaps most intriguing, a program that isn’t at the top.
Bowman wants to build a program from the ground up. He want’s his own legacy.
Will ASU be that legacy? Can Bob Bowman write himself in the books as one of the great college coaches? 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.