Michael Joyce Added to Auburn Coaching Staff as Assistant

After just adding Duncan Sherrard as an assistant, Auburn has named Michael Joyce as the newest addition to the coaching staff under new head coach Gary Taylor.

Taylor and Joyce have NC State ties — Joyce was a volunteer assistant for two seasons with NC State before taking an assistant job at Princeton, where he served as the lead Sprint and Middle-Distance coach. Taylor spent the last six seasons with the Wolfpack, serving as associate head coach for the last two.

Most recently, Joyce spent the 2017-18 season coaching the sprint group at Arizona State under head coach Bob Bowman. The Sun Devil men finished 20th and the women 23rd at their respective 2018 NCAA Championships.

“Mike is young, passionate, energetic and extremely outgoing,” Taylor said. “Mike has a lot of connections not only at the club level but also at the college level. I had the opportunity to get to know Mike during my time at NC State. He was someone that wasn’t scared to get up early and stay up late and he worked hard all day through in between. I want to be surrounded by people with energy and passion and great minds for the sport who see big things for Auburn in the future. Mike is one of those and he is going to be a tremendous asset in coaching, recruiting and every aspect of the program.”

Joyce completed his undergrad and graduate degrees at the University of Florida, where he was an All-American swimmer. He also brings club experience to the table, having served as an age group coach for Raleigh Swim Association as well as Gator Swim Club.

“Gary and I worked together once before and I know the type of passion, energy and enthusiasm he brings each day and I look forward to being alongside him again,” Joyce said. “I’m aware of the Auburn swimming tradition. It is one that is second-to-none and I’m looking to help the program get back to the place in the standings it is capable of.”

“I am very thankful for the opportunity Coach (Bob) Bowman gave me at Arizona State. I have learned more in one year under his expertise than I ever thought possible. He’s a great man and a great mentor. I look forward to seeing him on deck in the future. I’m also thankful for the ASU staff and student-athletes for embracing me into their family this past year.”

“We are very appreciative of Mike Joyce for his many contributions to the ASU swimming program this year,” said ASU head coach Bowman. “While we are disappointed to see him move on, we understand that this move is in the best interest of his family and his long-term career plan. We wish him all the best at Auburn!”

Besides Taylor, Sherrard, and Joyce, Tyler McGill remains on the Auburn coaching roster as an assistant along with head diving coach Jeff Shaffer. McGill, an Auburn alum, has been with the team since 2013, while Shaffer has headed the diving program since 1999.

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Brutus
4 years ago

Congratulations Michael. You have been and I am certain will be one of the truly good guys in out sport. Very happy for both you and AU as it is a great fit!

Doc4aday
Reply to  Brutus
4 years ago

looking forward to seeing Auburn once again the most feared team in the SEC. Could be happening soon on the plains!

Really?
4 years ago

“Disappointed” and “best interest of his family”? Bowman can’t be happy or say congratulations to his assistants? A decent head coach would be proud of his assistant coaches making these kind of moves let alone want them too. Shows the type of Head Coach he is.

Paul Mangen
Reply to  Really?
4 years ago

I’d be disappointed if my previous boss wasn’t disappointed that I left, I find that to be a great compliment.

Really?
Reply to  Paul Mangen
4 years ago

There is a difference between being disappointed and being sad to see someone leave. A head coach should be working to mold his assistants into future associates or head coaches. Instead of being disappointed of a great opportunity for a member of his staff he should be proud.

PsychoDad
Reply to  Really?
4 years ago

Man, aren’t you overreaching…

Oldswimfan
4 years ago

Here is my big question:

Who is going to replace Gary Taylor in Raleigh?

SAscorpion
Reply to  Oldswimfan
4 years ago

Mark Bernardino.

Oldswimfan
Reply to  SAscorpion
4 years ago

Wow! Really? The man the myth the legend?? Wow!

NCSwam
Reply to  Oldswimfan
4 years ago

I’m interested who’s gonna replace Duncan and Joyce. Their recent moves might make their old positions much more appealing.

Oldswimfan
4 years ago

Look like the Gators are ahead of the game here, they sent not 1 but 2 spies into the Auburn Tigers team 🙂 🙂

Sorry probably not a funny one…. but Congrats Joyce! I was always impressed with his skills during his days at RSA in Raleigh. Great to see Joyce doing big things!

JustAThought
4 years ago

It seems as though a quick rise to the top is unlikely given that most of the top recruits for fall of 2018, 2019 and potentially 2020 have already make their decisions. It will take some time for this coaching staff to build the kind of program that top recruits want to be a part of.

Johnny Bravo
Reply to  JustAThought
4 years ago

Ah, see, I understand where you’re coming from, but I don’t think you fully understand all that Mike Joyce brings to the pool deck. His talents as a sprint and mid-distance coach are truly unparalleled, on top of his fiery work ethic and never-ending enthusiasm for the sport. It really doesn’t matter what type of recruits you give Mike Joyce– he’ll transform them into CHAMPIONS!!!

PsychoDad
Reply to  Johnny Bravo
4 years ago

Okay, I was on your side and liked your enthusiasm, until this:

>It really doesn’t matter what type of recruits you give Mike Joyce– he’ll transform them into CHAMPIONS!!!

mike pants
4 years ago

all the gators are turning in to tigers!

Chris Swenson
4 years ago

Worked with Mike at Princeton…..this is a great hire! Congrats

Hmmm....
4 years ago

And now the coaches are leaving ASU too….

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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