Capitani Replaces Bauerle as Women’s Head Coach at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool

USA Swimming today announced that Carol Capitani (Austin, Texas) will replace Jack Bauerle as the United States women’s head coach at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, which runs from Dec. 20-21 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Capitani takes over for Bauerle who is set to undergo knee-replacement surgery and unable to attend the two-day event. Capitani’s appointment marks the first time that a woman will serve as a head coach at a Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool event.

“I know Jack (Bauerle) was excited about this opportunity and it’s unfortunate he can’t make the trip,” USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch said. “Carol (Capitani) is an incredible coach with a lot of experience, and she will make a great impact with our team.”

Capitani will lead the United States’ 17-woman roster highlighted by Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) and Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.). This past summer Capitani was a member of the women’s coaching staff at the 2013 World University Games where the U.S. collected 23 medals. She’s is currently in her second season as the women’s head coach at the University of Texas.

The short-course meet will be at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, site of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Day one of the meet is slated for 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 20, followed by the conclusion of the meet at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 21. Footage from the meet will be televised by NBC as part of a two-hour show on Sunday, Dec. 22. The show will air from 4-6 p.m. ET.

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This release was provided to SwimSwam courtesy of USA Swimming.

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japanese cowboy
10 years ago

Weirdo and shotgun, SHUT UP! You both are simply jealous of not being able to be the people like Carol and Jack. If you know them, you will know why Carol is chosen as the head women’s coach for USA team next month. She is not only a great coach, but also a great person. USA should be very excited about having Carol to lead the team with Frank and Eddie. It will be outstanding leadership by those 3 without a doubt. Congrats on Carol and good luck on team USA swimming against Euro.

Reply to  japanese cowboy
10 years ago

I don’t think they said they were bad people or bad coaches. I thought they just asked if there weren’t more qualified coaches for coaching this team with swimmers actually on the roster? Don’t take it personally. I am sure Coach Busch picked it fairly!

10 years ago

Sorry, have to disagree withe weirdo/shotgun. Pretty sure Jack Bauerle had a strong influence in the committee naming his own replacement. If jack thinks Carol is the coach for the job, I’m 100% fine with the choice.

10 years ago

Agree w Weirdo. Makes no sense to be appointed head coach for this meet and have no swimmers on the team. Frank picking his ‘favorites’ without justification, though I do think Carol will do good things at TX.

Swim Jargon
Reply to  Shotgun
10 years ago

She has your research, and she coached previous Georgia swimmers on the squad

10 years ago

Excellent choice. She had a phenomenal impact on the women at UGA and I’m sure she will do the same at Texas.

10 years ago

Weirdo thinks it is weird that Texas women doesn’t have any swimmers on the team yet Capitani gets the gig?!
Hopefully Mr. Busch asked the other coaches first that did have swimmers on the team?
Congratulations Coach Capitani!

Reply to  weirdo
10 years ago

Yes, but all of us Texas Exes hope she’ll build a deep and lasting relationship with Ms. Ledecky on this trip.

Cool gig for a coach continuing her rise.

Swim Jargon
Reply to  weirdo
10 years ago

Actually Sarah Denninghoff is from UT and on the roster..although i have not seen her compete in any meets this season yet still on the roster? Red-shirt? Unsure..anyone know?

Reply to  Swim Jargon
10 years ago

Denninghoff was dropped from the roster and replaced by Kathleen Baker about 3 weeks ago.

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