Though the official National Team rosters haven’t dropped yet, USA Swimming has announced its National Team Coaches for the 2016-2017 season.
The criteria for being named a National Team coach is both simple and complex. Any coach who places an athlete on the national team is honored as a national team coach. That’s the simple part. Of course, it can get complicated trying to define who is a given athlete’s “primary coach” at any given point, especially with the trend of swimmers training with one club while officially representing another.
USA Swimming has some guidelines for determining and defining coaches, and you can view those here. (Though the version listed on the USA Swimming website is still the 2015-2016 definitions, they aren’t expected to change very drastically). The main takeaway is that USA Swimming works to include the coach who actually writes and runs the workout for each athlete, instead just the head coach of whatever club the swimmer represents nationally. There can also be multiple coaches added for the same athlete, with different classifications for the athlete’s college coach, current coach, developmental coach and so on.
The National Team coaches are eligible to earn bonuses through the Coach Incentive Program. Coaches earn bonuses when their athletes earn medals at USA Swimming’s Operation Gold meet for the year. That’s typically the major focus meet for the national team; last year it was the Olympic Games and this coming year it will likely be the 2017 World Championships.
The full list of coaches is below: