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.”