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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James Bogen
1 month ago

This is awesome. I was fortunate to train with Bob for a summer when he was at Northwestern, and I obviously think very highly of him. He is a widely-respected coach with a terrific track record.

Reply to  James Bogen
1 month ago

> 5 upvotes, 6 downvotes
Well this should be an interesting comments section…

1 month ago

This hire says to me that Swarbrick and ND want to get their house (or pool) in order. Whatever Bob can impart for as long as he stays or wants to stay will benefit ND, its coaching staff and swimmers. Great organizational move on so many levels. Happy for the swimmers.

Bob Steele
1 month ago

Bob Groseth is a classy, knowledgeable, creative, friendly coach with an objective, challenging approach to getting FASTER. He has patience with swimmers of all abilities. Anxious to see Fighting Irish improvement and success. His record speaks for itself.

Bill Spahn
Reply to  Bob Steele
1 month ago

Bob is not only a very good coach but a really good guy

Reply to  Bill Spahn
1 month ago

i do not think most of the coaches in usa are good, they just luck on good talent,

1 month ago

I once saw him leave the restroom without washing his hands.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Crash
1 month ago

So much for “values.”

1 month ago

Good luck, Bob. Hope it goes well.

1 month ago

*senior advisor

1 month 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,

James McGee
1 month 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 month ago by James McGee

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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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