Former Ohio State swimming & diving head coach and ASCA CEO Bill Wadley has died after a bout with pancreatic cancer.
It was learned in late June that Wadley had an “aggressive form of pancreatic cancer.”
Wadley was the longtime coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, leading the program for 28 years, with his tenure ending after the 2016-2017 season when he announced his retirement.
During his time at OSU Wadley coached 16 Olympians, 30 Big Ten champions, earned the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year award, and posted an impressive 253-42 dual meet record.
Less than a year after leaving Ohio State, Wadley was named the Director of the Youth Swim Program for the Des Moines YMCA in Iowa.
Beginning in October 2020, Wadley had a brief stint as CEO of the American Swimming Coaches’ Association (ASCA) through January 2021. He resigned after a vote of no-confidence by the Board of Directors following several legal issues.
During his time at OSU, Wadley also spent time as the Technical Swimming Chairman for the International University Sports Federation (FISU), which organizes the World University Games. He has also been a board member for USA Swimming and was on the NCAA’s peer mentoring committee.
He also has plenty of international coaching experience, being a member of the USA team staff at the 1991, 1993 and 2009 World University Games, the 1998 Goodwill Games and the 2011 Duel in the Pool.
Prior to OSU, Wadley spent two years as the men’s swimming coach at Michigan State University, coaching the women’s team in his final year with the Spartans as well.
Wadley, a native of Rockford, Ill., was a 1979 graduate of Austin Peay State University. Wadley leaves behind his wife, Gail, and two sons, Brian and Michael.