Stanford Hires Scott Armstrong as Men’s Assistant

After a long wait, the Stanford Cardinal have announced the hiring of their men’s assistant coach in the form of Scott Armstrong, sources who asked to remain anonymous have told us. The decision was announced to the team on Tuesday afternoon. Armstrong has previously held many roles within the North Baltimore Aquatic Club program, best known as the homes of superstars Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, and their coach Bob Bowman.

Armstrong’s is not a name immediately recognizable to many casual swim fans, but he’s well-known within the core of the community. He has served on several Junior National coaching staffs, including as the women’s head coach of the 2010 Junior Pan Pac team. Working heavily with high-school swimmers, he was the coach of record for Junior National Team swimmers like Drew Cosgarea, who will be a sophomore next year at Stanford, and Bryan Offutt who will be a junior next season for the Cardinal.

Much of his work of late has been developing distance swimmers, but prior to joining the staff at NBAC, he was the sprint coach for his alma mater John’s Hopkins. Armstrong himself was a star distance swimmer at John’s Hopkins from 1999-2003, and at one point held the Division III NCAA Record in the 1650 free.

Armstrong will take over the spot vacated when Ted Knapp was promoted to the head coach of the men’s team after the retirement of long-time head coach Skip Kenney.

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Chest Rockwell

You guys have good sources, this wasn’t supposed to go out until tomorrow!

This is an excellent hire for the Stanford Men. He spent 10 years at NBAC and worked closely with both Murray and Bob – I would imagine he learned a few things there. Don’t forget, Scott also helped develop Chase Kalisz and Austin Surhoff, so he has a great track record in developing high level IM’ers besides distance freestylers. He brings great perspective and maturity beyond his years to the deck. Congrats to the Cardinal and Scott.

Great hire by Stanford. To me, Armstrong may be the best NBAC coach because of his versatility- he’s had success with a lot of different athletes. This marks the conclusion of a significant revitalization of Stanford’s coaching staff- it looks like things are looking very positive for the Cardinal. With the Stanford talent pool, and this admittedly very good coaching staff, I hope we’ll see some surprises at NCAAs from Stanny.


Stanford has never had trouble picking up top recruits. I would assume that will still be the case. Picking up an assistant coach known for developing fast swimmers could take some of the top high schoolers to new heights.


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