Indiana’s Ray Looze Named ASCA Coach of the Year

Indiana Hoosier head coach Ray Looze was named Coach of the Year by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). Indiana University has listed the award on its swimming & diving team page.

It’s the first time Looze has been awarded the ASCA honor. Last year’s award went to Cal’s Dave Durdenand the previous three years awards were won by Bruce GemmellNCAP club coach and age group coach of Katie Ledecky.

Looze put for swimmers onto the U.S. World Championships team this summer, headed by world champ and world record-breaker Lilly KingKing won gold in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes in Budapest, breaking world records in both.

Indiana also had Cody Miller, Blake Pieroni and Zane Grothe competing for Team USA at the World Championships. Miller won gold from his prelims leg on the 4×100 medley relay, Pieroni gold from a finals swim on the 4×100 free relay, and Grothe bronze with his finals swim on the 4×200 free relay.

The ASCA has given out its Coach of the Year award every year since 1961, when another Indiana Hoosier won the award – the legendary James ‘Doc’ Counsilman, who coached the IU teams from 1957 to 1990.

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Carol Glover

Congratulations to Coach and the entire IUSD program!


Shoulda been Troy. Dressel won the summer for swimming hands down


He did have a great summer so far but I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg! The IU athletes have been doing well even since Rio where Dressel was still learning. Greg Troy will get it next year and Dressel is only beginning to show what he’s capable of


King , Pieroni & Grothe has super good Championships + WR’s for King . Solid , solid , solid performances .


Great choice for women’s and men’s performances in 2017. Gordon Collet, Peter Daland, and many former teammates and coaches of Ray would be proud to know of this great honor.

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