USA Swimming Finalizes 2018 Pan Pacs Coaching Roster

USA Swimming has named the official group of assistant coaches that will accompany the 2018 Pan Pacific Championship team and head coaches Ray Looze and Arthur Albiero to Tokyo in August.

Clear here to view the full Team USA athlete roster. 

Looze and Albiero were announced as the head coaching team in April. Looze was a 2016 Olympic and 2017 Worlds assistant coach, as well 2015 WUGs and 2014 Short Course World head coach. This is Albiero’s biggest U.S. appointment yet after serving as the head coach for the 2016 World Short Course Championships and an assistant for the 2017 World Championships.

A source told SwimSwam Wednesday that former Mission Viejo Nadadores head coach Bill Rose and University of Virginia associate head coach Tyler Fenwick would serve as the open water team head and assistant coaches, respectively.

The following coaches, listed with their non-Team USA affiliations, will make the trip:

View the full Pan Pacs roster announcement in the video below:

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Sakibomb25
3 years ago

I’m curious how come Greg Meehan wasn’t chosen… did he not qualify as a coach for Pan Pacs?

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  Sakibomb25
3 years ago

I agree, and why is Chase Kreitler on staff? What has he done in two months at Cal to warrant this??

Taa
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
3 years ago

Cal men killed it I am assuming he was named in durden’s place. I am thinking Durden and Meehan want some vacation time now cause they will be busy the next two summers

Zanna
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
3 years ago

Wyatt Collins was chosen despite only having Haas and Conger on the team.

Zanna
Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

Ok correction. Andrew Wilson and Austin Katz is also on the list (pending confirmation)

Superfan
Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

Andrew Wilson too. Two of those coaches only have one athlete each

CraigH
Reply to  Sakibomb25
3 years ago

Seriously. One would think that placing 5 swimmers on the team would be enough.

Gorb
Reply to  CraigH
3 years ago

Then pick another head coach, not some guy who has been at Cal for 2 months! Wyatt Collins? So many coaches not selected are better. Wyatt and Chase walked into those jobs because the head coaches (Eddie and Dave) did the work. Horrible job by USA Swimming selecting this staff.

Dan
Reply to  Gorb
3 years ago

Pretty sure these assistants from major universities are big part of their programs success. Im sure the main reason these coaches were chosen was because the head coaches declined the invite. However I do think having some assistants on the staff makes sense because a staff full of head coaches could be problematic. At least now there are 3 coaches who’s job is already being an assistant so the dynamic won’t be different for them. Also developing coaches is a good idea and giving these coaches international experience is awesome.

Gorb
Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

Again, how can a coach that has been at a school for 2 months be a big part of the programs success? Not buying it. Other coaches who spent years developing swimmers to put them on this team are not being fairly represented.

Taa
Reply to  Gorb
3 years ago

There is a video here of one of the cal swimmers talking about hiring Yuri’s replacement and he said the team immediately knew chase was going to be their guy when they met him. The guy stepped in and the team crushed it so case closed. I’m not saying there are no politics involved in these decisions but I don’t think you need to waste your time arguing this one

Admin
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Gorb, at it again! Trying to keep his resume at the top of the pile 😉

Gorb – I think you’re missing the point. You’re viewing this as a system where coaches are given ‘honorary positions’ as a badge of honor for what their swimmers accomplished. Chase’s primary function is to oversee the training of the athletes that Cal has sent. Same for Wyatt. That’s a right that those programs have earned by qualifying so many athletes.

Superfan
Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

The assistants on split programs, like Cal and Texas, do much of the work. You don’t think Durden or Eddie dona the paper work and work behind the scenes or take all the workouts when head coach is off deck. I do know Durden gives assistant a group too….not sure about Eddie.

OLDBALDIMER
Reply to  Gorb
3 years ago

I know both Chase and Wyatt and they are very good up and coming coaches. I actually applaud the decision to take them. They will gain valuable experience from trips like these working with the head coaching staff and also from being around all these great swimmers. This is how it should be to groom the next generation of coaches!

Zanna
Reply to  CraigH
3 years ago

Cal – 6 swimmers

Maverick
3 years ago

Tyler Fenwick isn’t the VA mens head coach. Maybe a typo 😀

Oldswimfan
Reply to  Maverick
3 years ago

Did he have anyone make the team at all?

Superfan
Reply to  Oldswimfan
3 years ago

Nope and people should be more upset about this appointment then by Texas and Cal men assistants who put many on team and whose swimmers would feel more comfortable with them there.

Zanna
3 years ago

Stanford has Ledecky, Drabot, Forde, Manuel and Eastin plus Devine and Shoults. Surprised that no Stanford coach or assistants were included albeit from the womens or mens side.

Superfan
Reply to  Zanna
3 years ago

Stanford coaches didn’t want to go.

Coach Nico
3 years ago

Even with Pan Pacs being the major meet for the US, I would say it probably isn’t that high profile for many of those athletes rather than a steppingstone – so why not give some of those young and hard working assistant coaches a chance to get exposure at a big meet with two very experienced head coaches? In my opinion, this is a great staff and I don’t doubt the US will be doing just fine in Japan.

Aquabullet
3 years ago

So when this team gets together and does a camp with practices under these coaches, what does MA do? Does he go off on his own and do a USRPT practice? or does he join a group but modify it to suit him?

anoncoach
Reply to  Aquabullet
3 years ago

I’d like to know the answer to this too…

Zanna
Reply to  anoncoach
3 years ago

He may share this in a vlog or do an Q&A on instagram if you ask him.

Swimmer
Reply to  Aquabullet
3 years ago

His father sends workouts I believe

Floater
Reply to  Aquabullet
3 years ago

The big question? Will Peter Andrew, Michael Andrew’s coach, be asked to join the coaching staff going to the World Championships next year? I vote a resounding YES!

Taa
Reply to  Floater
3 years ago

They should definitely allow Michael to have his support system along for the meet but I don’t see the point of naming his dad an official coach when he is not able to help with the coaching of any of the other swimmers. It’s a long way off to even talk about now.

Rotroh
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

MA said in interview that his parents are not going to Pan Pacs They are getting ready to move to San Diego. MA has worked with other coaches before and has done well. For ex. on the Marie Nostrum tours.

Superfan
Reply to  Rotroh
3 years ago

Agree. It is only a week camp and Michael is very independent and will do what his father has programmed for him. One of these assistants would be more than willing to help him out. Others might be in the same boat and will be properly accommodated for this short camp. Many just float this week anyway.

taa
Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

blow up the giant inflatable swan. Even I could coach that workout.

dmswim
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

I don’t think coaching USRPT excludes him from helping coach other swimmers. He can do pace work with all of the team and can help out with technique, starts and turns, etc. Closer to a meet, pace work is much more important and some athletes might want to work with someone who specializes in that.

Rachel Z
3 years ago

Small correction: Stef Williams was recently named an Associate Head Coach at Georgia 😊

Admin
Reply to  Rachel Z
3 years ago

Right you are! Updated.

Rachel Z
3 years ago

*Stefanie Williams Moreno – Associate Head Coach

Admin
Reply to  Rachel Z
3 years ago

Right you are! Will update now.

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