Bryon Tansel, Aaron Bell Leaving Louisville to Join Michigan Staff Under Matt Bowe

Sources tell SwimSwam that new Michigan head coach Matt Bowe has made his first hires in Ann Arbor.

Louisville associate coaches Bryon Tansel and Aaron Bell will be joining the Wolverines’ coaching staff after just one season with the Cardinals. Tansel, a former assistant with Bowe at Ohio State, will serve as associate head coach after initially interviewing for Michigan’s head coaching position.

At this year’s NCAA Championships, Tansel and Bell helped guide the Louisville women to their most points in school history (288) en route to a fourth-place finish while the men placed 13th.

Prior to Louisville and Ohio State, Tansel had stops at LSU, Eastern Michigan, and with club programs in Dallas and Virginia.

At LSU, Tansel worked with the sprint group and assisted his athletes to four individual school records and two varsity records in 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. He spent the 2016-17 season on the coaching staff at LSU after three seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University.

Tansel’s wife, Danielle, is a coach as well, having spent four years as a member of the Michigan staff — so there’s a deep connection for the Tansel family in Ann Arbor.

Before Louisville, Bell spent five seasons at Notre Dame as an associate head coach and men’s recruiting coordinator. He brought the program’s class rankings up from honorable mention in 2016 to 11th in 2020. Bell also worked with distance stars such as two-time ACC champion Zach Yeadon and 2021 ACC Championships Swimmer of the Meet Jack Hoagland. Prior to Notre Dame, Bell served on staff at Virginia Tech (2011-16) and Buffalo (2007-11).

Louisville has only associate head coach Stephanie Juncker and assistant Nick Zorn left on the team’s swimming staff under longtime head coach Arthur Albiero. It’s the second season in a row that the Cardinals have experience significant turnover after losing Chris Lindauer and Kameron Chastain to Notre Dame last summer.

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former buckeye
10 months ago

Matt Bowe vs Bill Dorenkott

Someone get the popcorn

1 year ago

I would love to see Kelsi or Mallory come back to the 502 as coaches.

1 year ago

Is this merry go round spinning faster than ever? I swear coaches these days are on their 5th job in 7-8 years.

Bike Mottom
1 year ago

Biggest cupcakes in NCAA. Can’t stay at a place for the life of them…

Go bucks
1 year ago

Wonder what Matt and bryon will do with all of their Ohio state big ten rings now. The ones that they helped design when they beat Michigan. Anyone to work at TTUN after being at Ohio state was never truly loyal. Get ready for next year. BUCKS ON TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I see what’s happening here
Reply to  Go bucks
1 year ago

Yes.. bucks on top….

Ring Bearer
Reply to  Go bucks
1 year ago

I’m sure they plan to design their own at Michigan as well. And won’t that be sweet.

1 year ago

I wonder how the OSU kids feel with two of their old coaches joining the Michigan staff and the new OSU coach is questionable

Last edited 1 year ago by Swim4Gold
1 year ago

Disregard Accidental second comment

Last edited 1 year ago by Luver
1 year ago

Interested why so many dislikes on these hires…

Reply to  jere
1 year ago

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