USA Swimming Names 61 To National Team Coaches List

Though the official National Team rosters haven’t dropped yet, USA Swimming has announced its National Team Coaches for the 2016-2017 season.

You can view the coaches list here

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.

You can read about the coach incentive program (again, the most updated version is from 2015-2016) here.

The full list of coaches is below:

Arthur Albiero
David Anderson
Peter Andrew
Scott Baldwin
Jack Bauerle
Rick Bishop
Mike Bottom
Bob Bowman
Alex Braunfeld
Steve Bultman
Augie Busch
Carol Capitani
Cory Chitwood
Raz Cuparencu
Jimmy Dabney
Chris Davis
Rick DeMont
Rich DeSelm
Todd DeSorbo
Mandy DiSalle
Jeff Dugdale
Dave Durden
Jack Fabian
Tyler Fenwick
Bruce Gemmell
Doug Gjertsen
Jim Henry
Todd Hickman
Braden Holloway
Lars Jorgensen
Dave Kelsheimer
Jeff King
Ted Knapp
Matt Kredich
Kelly Kremer
Ray Looze
Sergio Lopez Miro
Gideon Louw
Todd Mann
David Marsh
Elliott McGill
Teri McKeever
Greg Meehan
Rich Murphy
Brian Pajer
Robert Pinter
Eddie Reese
Greg Rhodenbaugh
Bill Rose
David Salo
Todd Schmitz
Mark Schubert
Brian Smith
Coley Stickels
Yuri Suguiyama
Gary Taylor
Gregg Troy
Jason Turcotte
Catherine Vogt
Mike Westphal
Josh White

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7 years ago

Why not Jarod Schroeder

Reply to  Jeanne
7 years ago

Probably because sat out this whole year and trained at home with his club team.

7 years ago

Many of these coaches represent the same swimmer(s) at the same University. Im more curious as to which coach actually coaches each individual swimmer.

For example, who does Rick Bishop coach at Mich that Mike Bottom dosent?

Reply to  Sly
7 years ago

Nc state has 3 coaches on this list as well…

ct swim fan
Reply to  Swimgame
7 years ago

I think because Holloway is the NC State head coach, DeSorbo is the sprint coach for Ryan Held and Taylor is the distance coach for Hannah Moore. That would be my guess anyway after looking at the criteria used for selection.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Sly
7 years ago

Go to the link above and read the criteria. I believe it says up to 4 people can get credit for one swimmer. I would assume the number for a swimmer depends on the head coach submitting the names of the assistants.

Reply to  ct swim fan
7 years ago

I believe it is meant that it includes club coach and after college coach. Shouldn’t be more than one in same program on a swimmer. It is an advantage to college programs as everything is going to the “College Club” programs and clubs because of the age of top swimmers today are being left behind. USSwimming should be concerned on down the road.

Human Ambition
7 years ago

Four women. Why is it so? Could US Swimming benefit from more female coaches? Or is men better as swim coaches?

Reply to  Human Ambition
7 years ago

Most of the coaches on the list are college coaches, and there are very few head coaches that are women. Interesting that Meehan didn’t dual and give Tracy credit for Simone, Maya, and Lia. But then again not surprising at all…

Reply to  Human Ambition
7 years ago

NO, there are many fabulous women who could and have been phenomenal coaches. Unfortunately, it comes down to balancing job and family. I have numerous former teammates who have either been head or assistant coaches at the college level. If you want to start a family, it is very difficult to do so while being a swim coach. Ultimately, this is why they told me they left the sport. The demands of early mornings, travel, and recruiting are very difficult to handle if you have young children at home. Yes, you can hire a nanny for your children while they are young and not in school yet. However, you soon learn that there are many moments you will miss of… Read more »

Reply to  azwildcat
7 years ago

You said it eloquently. It isn’t that they can’t coach at an elite level, it is that they have chosen not to continue once they get to a certain point and then decide to raise their family. Understandable. I just don’t like some thinking they aren’t given chances. They are given more chances now then men…..especially getting into college ranks

Reply to  azwildcat
7 years ago

This is so sexist, I can’t believe it was written in 2016.

Reply to  azwildcat
7 years ago

And male coaches don’t want to spend time with their children? It’s all about having a supportive spouse whether you are male or female. This opinion is a bit antiquated.

Human Ambition
Reply to  Human Ambition
7 years ago

Thanks for reply. I am VERY curious who down voted the importance of this issue. The only answer I can come up with is “Male coaches that wants to protect what is currently theirs”

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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