|PHOENIX, Arizona, August 29. BILL Boomer, who has worked with countless swimmers at age group swimming clubs and universities through the years, is now a part of the University of Tennessee's swim program, head coach Matt Kredich officially announced today.
Boomer has been working with Tennessee swimmers since the Olympic Trials, offering his expertise on stroke technique to the Volunteers. His knowledge dates back to his years coaching at the University of Rochester, where he was offered the swim coach job in 1962 after years as a track and field coach. Having never been involved in swimming before then, Boomer studied the mechanics of the sport and has shared his insight as a guest coach at Stanford University and the University of Texas, among other top-level schools.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have Bill Boomer working with us as our volunteer assistant coach this year," Kredich said in a statement sent to Swimming World. "At Tennessee we are committed to the process of continuous improvement, and we have found one of the most influential and visionary coaches in the world to help us drive that process forward. He's a fantastic teacher, a great motivator, and yet another member of our staff who brings energy, expertise and passion to every practice."
Boomer has also had influence on the United States' Olympic squad, working as an assistant coach at the 2000 Olympics. One of his most famous philosophies on swimming is the notion that a swimmer is either a "cat" or a "dog," in relation to their approach to training and racing. Boomer described this philosophy to Swimming World.TV in this March 2008 interview.