Durden, Nesty, Bowman/Behm, Looze, DeSorbo Named 2023 ASCA Coach of the Year Finalists

by SwimSwam 13

August 17th, 2023 College, National, News

Courtesy: American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Todd DeSorbo, Dave Durden, Ray Looze, Anthony Nesty and Bob Bowman/Herbie Behm have been named finalists for the 2023 American Swimming Coaches Association George Haines Coach of the Year Award.

This award is given annually to the individual whose coaching effectiveness has contributed the most towards American swimming excellence at the World level. Only coaches whose American athletes achieved medals at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan were considered for this award.

The 2023 ASCA George Haines Coach of the Year winner will be revealed on September 7, 2023, at the Hall of Fame and Awards Celebration and dinner during the ASCA World Clinic at the Dallas Sheraton in Dallas, Texas.

About the finalists:

The ASCA Coach of the Year has been awarded since 1961. Last year’s recipient was Anthony Nesty. Other past recipients include many greats in the profession, including George Haines, for whom the award is named, Doc Counsilman, Eddie Reese, Bob Bowman, Gregg Troy, Jon Urbanchek and many others.

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NorCal Swim
3 months ago

Which coach won the award??

3 months ago

Looze really? How much did he pay for that?

Reply to  Swimfam
3 months ago

It’s not that deep. It’s the coaches of swimmers who won individual Worlds medals.

3 months ago

Why no club coaches nominated? Ridiculous

Reply to  shannon
3 months ago

The criteria (which I disagree with) is strictly based on Americans at international meets.

So these are the 5(6) coaches who had individual World Championship medalists.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

I’m surprised no nomination for Ron Aitkin. And based on that criteria Herbie’s nom is unexpected (not saying he’s not deserving of this recognition, b/c he is. But I think the only American from ASU to individually medal was Regan)

Reply to  chickenlamp
3 months ago

I never read too far into those kind of joint nominations. When you ask coaches who on staff who coaches whom, the answer is “we all coach everyone, it’s a staff effort” about 90% of the time, so joint noms are just sort of the materialization of that attitude.

3 months ago

Did they forget Meehan?

Reply to  SCCOACH
3 months ago

Okay. Now, that was a good one.

Lap Counter
3 months ago

Is this for coaching Americans, since it is ASCA? Not so sure about a couple of these nominees!

Reply to  Lap Counter
3 months ago

Like who?

3 months ago

Congratulations to all finalists.

Herbie has been a well respected coach for a few years, but I don’t recall other instances where an assistant/associate coach is nominated with their Head Coach for an award like this.

Has it happened before?

Gulf Coach
Reply to  mds
3 months ago

It has never happened before