Former National Champion Bobby Brewer Named Head Coach At River City Aquatics

Former U.S. National Champion and USA Swimming National Team member Bobby Brewer was named head coach of River City Aquatics in December.

Over the past seven years, Brewer, who won the men’s 100 backstroke at the 1998 U.S. Spring National Championships, has been the owner of bdouble Consulting, an aquatic marketing and management firm.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with this team and help continue the championship tradition of River City Aquatics,” Brewer said in a team press release. “River City Aquatics has been a pillar of this community for years and I look forward to continuing the tradition.”

Brewer in 2014.

Brewer has remained involved in the sport of swimming since hanging up the goggles in 2000. His work with bdouble Consulting included coaching and consulting with the Department of Defense’s Wounded Warriors program, serving as the head coach of the American swim team at the Invictus Games in both 2016 and 2017.

Prior to that, the Atlanta native spent eight years as vice-president of Premier Management Group, where he helped manage the careers of several Olympic swimmers and coaches, including Aaron PeirsolJason LezakAmanda BeardEddie Reese and Jack Bauerle.

River City Aquatics, previously the Cape Girardeau Gator Swim Club, was founded in 2012, and is located in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The club has developed numerous high school state champions, Olympic Trials qualifiers, and has sent swimmers to various NCAA programs including Arizona, Texas and Auburn. Jon Younghouse, who swam for the predecessor club to River City Aquatics, was a member of the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships team.

“We are pleased to have Bobby coaching on our pool deck,” Board President Greg Cugini said. “Bobby has been extremely successful at every level of swimming, competitively, as an administrator, as a consultant to some of the greatest swimming talent in the world, and as a coach. He is a proven winner and leader, and we’re confident in his abilities to continue that with this program.”

In addition to being the 1998 National Champion in the 100 back, Brewer was also a 10-time USA Swimming National Team member, and placed fourth at the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships in the 100 back, recording a personal best time of 55.39. Collegiately, he was a multi-time All-American with the University of Georgia from 1994-1998, including winning three individual SEC titles and serving two seasons as team captain.

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Partial Observer
1 month ago

Congrats to Bobby for being hired, and I am looking forward to seeing him continue the tradition at RCA. However, I am completely unfamiliar with any swimmer that came from RCA that made the US National Team. Can anyone please correct me if I am wrong?

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Reply to  Partial Observer
1 month ago

Jon Younghouse was on the 1999 Pan Pac Team. Without being able to actually find the 2000 USA Swimming National Team roster, I’ll update the language to be more specific.

Partial Observer
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Ahh, I see. I misunderstood your reference to RCA being founded in 2012 and thought that meant that the team was formed then. Bad reading on my part, I missed the reference to Gator Swim Club becoming RCA. I guess I need to work on my reading comprehension.

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Reply to  Partial Observer
5 days ago

Susan Beth Scott a 2-time Paralympian and medalist in both 2008 and 2012 swam for the Gator Swim Team.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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