Bob Groseth Joins Notre Dame As Interim Head Coach

Former Northwestern head coach Bob Groseth has joined the University of Notre Dame as the team’s interim head swimming & diving coach, the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) revealed in its November 1 newsletter.

The head coaching position at Notre Dame had been vacant for just under a month following the abrupt resignation of Mike Litzinger in early October.

Groseth was the head coach of the men’s program at Northwestern University from 1989 until 2009, leading the Wildcats to 36 individual Big Ten championships, five individual NCAA championships and a total of 71 All-American honors during his 20-year tenure.

Groseth was the CSCAA Co-Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I swimming in 2005, and was a three-time winner of the Big Ten Coach of the Year award in 2002, 2005 and 2007. He retired in 2009 to become the interim executive director of the CSCAA.

Groseth joined the Queens University of Charlotte as an assistant coach in the fall of 2015, and most recently served as an assistant with FMC Aquatics.

Litzinger joined the Irish as the head women’s coach in April 2015, and became the men’s head coach one year later. In addition to Litzinger, associate head coach Aaron Bell also resigned last month.

While no official reason was given for Litzinger’s departure at the time, the resignation did come in the wake of the school being sued by former associate head coach April Jensen earlier this year in federal court. She alleged that Litzinger treated her discriminatorily when after she told him that she was pregnant in 2019.

The Fighting Irish cancelled their dual meet against Cincinnati the weekend after Litzinger’s resignation, but returned to competition Oct. 15-16 against Pittsburgh and Cleveland State, with both the men and women going a perfect 2-0. Both teams picked up wins the following weekend over Purdue, and will next be in action on November 5 at Louisville.

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9 months ago

Bob is a coach in the Tim Welsh tradition. He is just as good as a molder of his swimmers as he is a swim coach. I believe Bob took over for Dick Bower at Tulane in the 1970’s and did a great job. This is a high quality hire for the Irish. Good luck in the ACC’s!

Dan Lynch
1 year ago

Bob is a great coach and great selection. Wish him the best with the team.

Royals pride
1 year ago

This is a great pickup. Bob is a great coach and will hopefully change their projected path.

pete kennedy
1 year ago

Excellent person – coach I wish him the best

Jeff Dugdale
1 year ago

Congratulations Bob, this makes me smile. I have know doubt that you will be able to deliver a remarkable experience. Proud of you.

Jon Lau
1 year ago

Go Bob! The Irish are in good hands.

James McGee
1 year ago

Coach Bob is one of the most knowledgeable people and coaches I have ever come across. He can always find several things to work on and his track record speaks for itself. ND has made an excellent choice and Bob’s values will imprint themselves on a great program in a short time!

Last edited 1 year ago by James McGee
1 year ago

James, Groseth was CSCAA, not NCAA Coach of the Year.
Also, we go by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America.
Thank you,

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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