Texas A&M associate head coach Ryan Mallam will be joining Bob Bowman‘s new staff at Arizona State, the Arizona Republic reports.
Bowman, of course, was recently tabbed as the new leader of the ASU program, and he’ll bring his high-profile professional group with him, including Michael Phelps and Georgia star Chase Kalisz, who is taking an Olympic redshirt season.
Mallam appears a great fit as Bowman’s new associate head coach. He’s well-known as a sprint coach, while Bowman has specialized in coaching swimmers over longer distances.
Mallam has the unique distinction of coaching 50 freestylers to national titles in both Division II and the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). He was the head coach at D-II Limestone College when Goran Majlat won the national championship, and later was the head coach at Indian River State College when Brad Tandy set the national record.
Mallam was an NCAA swimmer himself from 1996 to 2000, competing for the University of South Carolina.
It seems likely that Mallam will head up ASU’s sprint program, allowing Bowman to focus on distance swimmers, 400 IMers and the like, where he’s had huge success at the club and international levels.
Arizona State returns Tadas Duskinas (50 free) and Richard Bohus (100 free) as Pac-12 top-16 finishers on the men’s side. Ingibjorg Jonsdottir (50 free) and Marina Spadoni (100 free) were top 16 last year for the women.