November 6, 2014 – The United States coaching staff for the 2014 FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships has just been announced by USA Swimming. David Marsh, current CEO/Director of Coaching at SwimMAC Carolina, has been selected as the men’s head coach, while Ray Looze, head coach of men’s and women’s combined swimming and diving at Indiana University, will serve as the women’s head coach.
David Marsh’s athletes at SwimMAC represent a significant portion of the Short Course World roster, with the likes of Cammile Adams, Kathleen Baker, Madison Kennedy, Kate Mills, Emma Reaney competing for the USA on the women’s side, while Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte are on the roster for the men. Looze’s crew includes 2013-2014 Hoosiers Lindsay Vrooman and Cody Miller.
In terms of assistant coaches for these championships, Matt Kredich of the University of Tennessee/Tennessee Aquatics Chris Plumb of Carmel Swim Club, Coley Stickels of Canyons Aquatic Club, and Bruce Marchionda of Western Kentucky University have been added for Team USA.
Kredich, who previously served as the head women’s coach of the 2014 World University Games team for USA, has Tennessee Aquatics athlete Brad Craig on the roster swimming the 50/100 breaststrokes in Doha. Plumb’s Carmel Swim Club adds rising star Amy Bilquist to the 50/100 backstroke events (Bilquist recently also competed at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Games). Marchionda, currently in his 10th season as head coach of Western Kentucky, has Claire Donahue, the first WKU swimmer ever to make the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, to his credit. Stickels’ Canyon Aquatic Club swimmer, sprint freestyler Abbey Weitzeil, will be swimming the 50/100 freestyle events in Doha for Team USA.
The 12th FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships are being held at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar. The entire competition spans five days (December 3-7, 2014) and includes forty-six events comprised of 34 individual events and 12 relays all told.