CSCAA Names 100 Greatest Coaches

by Emma Edmund 111

December 07th, 2021 College, Industry, News

As part of its centennial celebration, the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of American has released its collection of the 100 Greatest Coaches, which recognizes “the most successful and pioneering swimming and diving coaches.”

Among the list include American swimming staples like Texas coaches Eddie Reese and Carol Capitani, Georgia coach Jack Bauerle, Stanford Coach Greg Meehan, Cal coaches Dave Durden and Teri McKeever, and Indiana’s Ray Looze.

Selections were made based on their intercollegiate success, despite many coaches also having personal swimming success or success with non-college swimmers. Many of these coaches have independently won CSCAA coach of the year.

The list also features greats from across history, like Ron Ballatore, former UCLA, Brown, and Florida coach whose roster included 28 Olympians. 

Hobie Billingsley is represented on the diving side – he coached Indiana diving from 1959 to 1989, and his divers won more than 100 national titles. Another IU legend, Doc Counsilman, is also on the list.

Only 14 of the 100 coaches are women.

Swimming as a whole has been reluctant to name women as top coaches, including as head coaches for Team USA. As of 2020, only two women lead men’s teams at Power 5 schools – Katie Robinson at Northwestern and Courtney Hart at Georgia Tech.

Also notably not included on the list is Bob Bowman, who currently coaches ASU and has previously coached Olympic greats like Michael Phelps, and Virginia head coach Todd DeSorbo, who recently led the UVA women to an NCAA title. He won the CSCAA Division I Women’s Team Coach of the Year. Most of Bowman’s successes have been at the international level, and he hasn’t coached college for most of his career.

We are thrilled to honor these coaches – and ALL the coaches who make a positive impact on student-athletes everyday!” The CSCAA wrote. “Thank you for your service!”

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Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
1 month ago

Okay new rule: if you’re going to add a name, you also have to tell us who they’re replacing.

Iowa Hawkeye
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Replace Ray Looze with David Armbruster. Armbruster pioneered the dolphin kick and invented the butterfly. You can replace

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Iowa Hawkeye
1 month ago

+2 points for following the rules.

Swammer
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

While I only immediately recognize about 20% of this list, I’d put Dino over both Richardson and Looze. He built Virginia’s program literally from the ground up, while both Looze and Richardson had significantly more history and funding to work with.

FlyBkBrFr
1 month ago

What criteria was used to determine this list?

Coach
Reply to  FlyBkBrFr
1 month ago

Fair question.

Last edited 1 month ago by Coach
JG1990
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

The criteria apparently did not include a requirement that all of those listed be amount the 100 best college coaches.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
1 month ago

No Ray Bussard on this list is yikes.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
1 month ago

Think he’s blackballed for the infamous (or brilliant, depending on your POV) NCAAs where he had Dave Edgar and John Trembley loaf the finals of the 100 fly to save up for the relay (if memory serves me correct). Might’ve just been Edgar. Think he did a 55 something in the final. No one had ever done that before.

Raymond Woods
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

It’s been done numerous times

Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

I think Braden Holloway is a “staple” at this point. Consistent NCAA performances, coach of a U.S. international team. Produces Olympians. Produces head coaches.

Swimfan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Agreed. I think he’s the best coach out there save Eddie.

Fly 100
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

Nesty ?

Scotty P
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

What he did with that program is nuts (Started with sprinters and build the team around that). Plus he groomed some assistants too. Nice to see.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Scotty P
1 month ago

Plus his women did great last year.

David fatzinger
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

They forgot mark bernadino

Martinfamily
Reply to  David fatzinger
1 month ago

I too noticed that. Just one kick in the teeth after another it seems.

tweedle dee
1 month ago

the GOAT Rich Murphy got snubbed

Buckeyeboy
1 month ago

No Rick DeMont? Need to rip it up and start over. #Facts

Ghost
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
1 month ago

Did they honor any assistants? That would wrong to ignore some of the best assistants!

Coach
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Kris Kubik is on there, so there’s one assistant.

He Gets It Done Again
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Harvey Humphries from Georgia

Raymond Woods
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Kris Kubik

Oldmanswimmer
1 month ago

Here’s a bit of trivia, there are three coaches on this list who coached at Oakland University. They know a great coach when they see one! Congrats to all the coaches on this list, it is fun to reminisce on their achievements.

Asher Green
1 month ago

Misspelled “Kenney”

PNW
Reply to  Asher Green
1 month ago

also misspelled “Maurer”

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Asher Green
1 month ago

I was enthralled by the name “Hoble Billingsley” but unfortunately it’s Hobie.

1DollarBowling
1 month ago

So many great Coaches hard to narrow down to 100! Would have loved to see Peter Linn on this list, not sure he ever got the praise he deserved.

Big Mac #1
Reply to  1DollarBowling
1 month ago

A great for sure

Chef Jake
Reply to  1DollarBowling
1 month ago

Linn did not get his due recognition here. (__)it happens.

His coaching lineage and the effect he had on swimming will still be felt and realized through the work of coaches that he led as athletes. Not to mention the impact on people, like myself, who he was the “grand coach” (he coached my coach) of.

We can all complain of those who did not get their due. I don’t think he would have wanted his legacy to include us whining about him. Instead, let’s vote him into the HOF where he duly belongs.

Meeeeee
Reply to  1DollarBowling
1 month ago

i agree, he was one of the best. But had major disappointment in him at the end with not speaking up to defend the axing of the men’s team. he was not at any rally, nor have i seen him make any public statement about it (if he made one please share). I realize that maybe he was protecting his job at the time but he only stayed one more season with the girls and there has certainly been a lot of time since to express his sentiment. Really needed his voice at the time….. and now, despite so many great swimmers still in the area coaching HS teams, etc. and so many MAC championships, the voices to protest and… Read more »