Hall Of Fame Coach Bill Rose Set To Retire December 2017

by Retta Race 24

May 12th, 2016 Club, National, News

Long-time Mission Viejo Nadadores Head Coach Bill Rose has announced he will be retiring in December 2017. At 73 years of age, Rose has been with the swim club since 1992 and is widely regarded as one of the United States’ top distance coaches.

After having coached at the University of the Pacific in the early 70’s, Rose moved on to the DeAnza Swim Club in Cupertino, California before then taking the reins of the Canadian Dolphin Team of Vancouver. The storied coach’s resume also includes a stint as Arizona State University’s Head Coach beginning in 1979.

Throughout his career, Rose held esteemed positions as a member of the U.S. National Team coaching staff and Canadian Pan American Women’s team staff, in addition to serving as a U.S. Pan American coach in 1995. Rose was also named to the coaching staffs of two World University Games squads. He was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004.

Key Olympians under Rose’s tutelage across his career include Larsen Jensen and Chloe Sutton, in addition to notable athletes such as the late Fran Crippen, Tom Shields, Ashley Twitchell and Grant Shoults.

Of his decision to retire along with his wife, Siga, Rose says,”It’s probably best that I spend some quality time with my grand kids and my wife,” he said. “It’s been a great ride. But I’ve got to remind myself, it’s not over yet.”

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John haas

About time.

John legend

Why is it “about time”? There are and have been plenty of coaches that coach well into their 70s; and he has been extremely successful thus far- why should he have stopped earlier? Such a rude and untrue comment

bo swims


Congrats on your retirement. You always made us feel welcome at MVN when we came down from Calgary to train.

Joel Lin

He also coached Mike Bruner.

Bill Rose is one of the best people swimming has been lucky enough to have. One of the greatest of greats.

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