United States Names All-Male Coaching Staff for 2017 World Champs

The coaching staff for the United States’ pool swimming team at the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships has been named. Joining head coaches Greg Meehan (women) and Dave Durden (men), who were announced to their posts in January, will be joined by an all-male coaching staff that looks rather similar to the one named to last year’s Olympic staff.

Women’s Staff

Men’s Staff

All 8 of the coaches on this year’s staff are collegiate coaches, which mirrors a very college-heavy World Championships team. Each of the ‘Power 5’ conferences are represented by at least one coach, and no programs from outside of those conferences is represented on the staff.

There is one anomaly on this year’s staff – Cory Chitwood will represent Virginia on this year’s staff. Virginia is the training ground of Leah Smith, who qualified for the team in 5 individual events (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 400 IM), which is more than any other swimmer on the American team.

Typically, while assistant coaches might serve on more minor teams like at the World University Games, World Championship rosters are reserved for head coaches. The head coach of Virginia, Augie Busch, is the son of outgoing USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch, who has announced his upcoming retirement after Worlds. Augie’s absence will fuel rumors that he’s the front-runner to take over the team at Arizona, where his dad was formerly the head coach, and who are currently looking for a new leader themselves.

Among the coaches missing from the list in spite of putting multiple swimmers on the team are Texas A&M head coach Steve Bultman (Bethany Galat, Sarah Gibson), Ted Knapp (Abrahm Devine, True Sweetser), and Cal head coach Teri McKeever (Kathleen Baker, Abbey Weitzeil).

The staff is among the most-accomplished that USA Swimming has ever assembled. The entire men’s staff is made up of coaches who have been head coaches of U.S. Olympic Teams. The women’s team has thinner resumes (they’re generally a much younger staff), but includes Arthur Albiero – who has served on 3 World Championship staffs (for Portugal), plus an Olympic staffs (2012 for Portugal) and as the head coach for the 2016 SC World Championships.

A rundown of the coaches on staff and which athletes are currently members of their teams:

Greg Meehan (Women’s Head Coach)

Arthur Albiero (Women’s Assistant)

Cory Chitwood (Women’s Assistant)

  • Leah Smith (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 400 IM)

Ray Looze (Women’s Assistant)

Dave Durden (Men’s Head Coach)

Jack Bauerle (Men’s Assistant)

Eddie Reese (Men’s Assistant)

Gregg Troy (Men’s Assistant)

Editor’s note: Swimmers who qualify for relays as a result of swimming the relevant event individually (such as Simone Manuel in the 100 free) are not listed separately in their relays, following USA Swimming’s official event announcement.

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Great staff….several different faces than ’16…actually about half are the same. Some hall of famers on there

Steve Nolan

Yeesh. Aside from McKeever, are there even any women who would be viable candidates? I…can’t think of any.

It reflects a lack of women in D1 coaching positions. For whatever reason the number of women coaching successfully at club level is not translating to college jobs.

I’m a woman saying this, but we’re still the ones carrying the children and being moms. D1 is highly demanding. I think it is job description and not competence that keeps women out of the upper echelons of coaching swimming.

Perhaps the tendency to combine programs has cost a lot of women head coaching jobs. Of the top of my head, I can’t think of one female that coaches a combined program on the D1 level. There may be one, but can’t think of any.

Cincinatti? Not sure but I think so

Courtney Shealy Hart at Georgia Tech

Courtney Shealy Hart at Georgia Tech, Mandy DiSalle at Cincinnati, Lara Preacco at Florida Atlantic and Hollie Bonewit Cron at Miami OH. Not sure if there are any others…

Katie Cameron at Bryant University (D1)

Carol Capitini at Texas

Sorry, texas is obviously not combined

LOL at the UGA domination.
Bauerle’s men could field their own 400 medley relay and could probably score a spot in the A Final: Kalisz, Fink, Clark, Litherland

Distance Swimmer

Let’s not get carried away now…

I think you meant an 800 Medley relay….

1600 medley relay and they medal 🙄

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