Chase Bloch Will Remain on New-Look USC Coaching Staff as Assistant

USC announced on Friday evening that they will retain Chase Bloch as a member of the swimming & diving coaching staff under new head coach Jeremy Kipp. Bloch, who has been an assistant coach for 6 seasons, will continue in that role under Kipp, joining Meghan Hawthorne on staff. Hawthorne, who like Bloch is a former Trojan swimmer, came with Kipp from Northwestern.

This leaves one available full-time assistant position on the USC staff available. 2019-2020 assistant Jordan Schrotenboer is not listed on the team’s roster for 2020-2021.

Kipp was Bloch’s coach while Bloch was a swimmer at USC, and the two overlapped on the USC coaching staff for one season.

Bloch was a CSCAA All-American in 2013 and a team co-captain in the 2013-2014 season during his time as a swimmer. He was also a two-time Pac-12 Academic honoree.

His All-America award came as part of USC’s 200 medley relay that placed 5th at the 2013 NCAA Championships meet in what was then a school record of 1:24.54. He swam the butterfly leg of that relay and split 20.71, which was the 11th-fastest split in the field (between A and B finals). That was the relay where Vlad Morozov famously split 18.23 on the freestyle anchor leg, which at the time was the best split in history.

At the 2012 US Olympic Trials, he placed 24th in the 200 back, 32nd in the 100 back, and tied for 42nd in the 100 fly.

He was on the coaching staff during the team’s most recent successes, including when the men won a Pac-12 title in 2015, the women won a Pac-12 title in 2016, and when the men finished 6th at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Bloch is a native of Westlake, California where he attended Oaks Christian High School. He graduated from USC in 2014 with a degree in communications.

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2 years ago

I’m glad Kipp decided to retain Bloch if for no other reason than to retain some continuity on the Trojan swim staff. But candidly, recruiting has been one area where the Trojans have “struggled” in recent years. Trojan recruiting – especially for men” has been “sparse” since 2015 when Trojans landed Visering, Mulcare and Valente. But since then it’s an occasional highly-recruited swimmer (Louise Hansson for women and Alexi Sancov, Jake Sannem and Robert Glinta for the men) But even the, Sannen transferred out to Texas and Glinta was one and done. Meanwhile in state rivals Stanford and Cal pile up a roster and commitment list of impressive recruits and the Trojans fall further and further behind them but also… Read more »

Reply to  SwimPhan
2 years ago

All true but you have to realize / remember that USC is very expensive university and there are only so many recruiting $$$ available to hand out.

Reply to  SwimPhan
2 years ago

The USC women have consistently been solid the last 5 years and considerably better than Arizona and ASU. Remember, they actually came pretty close to Cal at Pac-12s this year. And they have an outstanding class coming in, even without Sullivan.

The men of course have fallen on hard times.

Reply to  SwimPhan
2 years ago

I think you can pretty easily attribute the lack of 2021 commitments to the fact that Salo announced his retirement in January and the y did not name Kipp until recently. Things should pick up now that people know the landscape.

Reply to  SwimPhan
2 years ago

As a parent, I experienced a recruiting event w/ Salo. It’s no wonder their recruiting has struggled…

Reply to  SwimPhan
2 years ago

USC Women have had better recruiting results than men in the last few years but also 40% more scholies (14 vs 9.9) to work with. But there’s big shoes to fill now that Swedish superstar Louise Hansson has graduated. But there is the potential to “change the recruiting momentum” . USC, like other D1 private school powers including Stanford, Northwestern, Duke and Notre Dame who have the challenge of higher tuition than state schools that can divide up partial scholarships to make a more attractive matriculation package to athletes and their parents..
It can be done but coaches have to be very discerning and focused on recruiting the “blue chips”. A hot topic on football boards is the concept… Read more »

2 years ago

Wait I’m confused the staff is currently Kipp-Hawthorne-Bloch right? Am I missing one? You said they have one more full time swim coach staff but most places have 5 full time swim staff and 1 dive.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

I am assuming Salo only had 3 assistants and paid each more so they could afford to live in LA?

Reply to  Ghost
2 years ago

Maybe Urbanchek as a volunteer counted as the 5th coach?

2 years ago

I’ve been coached by both.
Excellent coaches.
They give great direction & motivation to the program.
Especially. Coach Kipp

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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