Bill Wadley announced on Tuesday that he will retire as the head coach of the Ohio State men’s swimming team after a 28-year run leading the Buckeyes.
In those 28 years, Wadley coached 16 Olympians, 30 Big Ten Champions, and was named the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He never had a losing record in dual meets, with an overall 253-42 record.
“Each and every day I counted my blessings for being able to coach at Ohio State and to work for the university that I love,” Wadley said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with all of the great student-athletes throughout the years. I’m very grateful for having had the opportunity to be a Buckeye coach and to have spent 34 years in the Big Ten. I consider my career to be quite a blessing and very special. I look forward to supporting the program and cheering on the Buckeyes as they move forward.”
The Ohio State men finished 19th at the recent NCAA Championship meet with 58.5 points. That left them as the 5th-best Big Ten team in the final rankings, behind Indiana (7th), Purdue (13th), Michigan (17th), and Wisconsin (18th).
In the days after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, this is the biggest coaching vacancy to open yet and one that will likely start a huge shift in the dominoes falling. Ohio State has 11 NCAA team titles in its history, which ranks it 3rd-most ever behind Texas and Michigan. That, combined with one of the best facilities in the country and the 3rd-richest athletics department in the country, makes this one of the premier jobs in the country. Wadley’s total compensation in 2015, the most recent data available, was over $143,000 – a huge sum for the coach of a single-gender team in a city, Columbus, that has a cost of living index of 84 according to bestplaces.net (with the national average being 100).
Besides his on-deck duties, Wadley has served as a board member at USA Swimming, a board member at ASCA, and the Technical Swimming Chairperson for FISU, the organization that runs the World University Games.