ATHENS, GA – Georgia head swim coach Jack Bauerle adds another accolade to his tally, receiving the prestigious National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy Friday, May 15, at the College Swim Coaches of America Association (CSCAA) banquet in Prescott, Ariz.
The National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy, conferred on an individual or organization for having contributed in an outstanding way to swimming as a competitive sport and healthful recreational activity at schools and colleges, is the highest award of its kind in the United States.
“We’re very excited for our program, our coaching staff and our swim team,” said Bauerle. “We’ve put a lot of work into our program and feel that this reflects the extraordinary successes of the last four or five years both athletically and academically. We’re going to strive to make sure that this is just the beginning and continue to do our best to bring the type of athletes that have brought such positive notoriety to our program and the university.”
Completing his 19th year as head coach at the University of Georgia, Bauerle has accumulated 104 All-America honorees, 22 Top 20-ranked teams, 52 SEC Champions (40 individuals, 12 relay teams), six NCAA individual championship titles and one NCAA relay champion, 31 Academic All-Americans and 13 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. Bauerle’s protege’s include two-time national champion and American record-holder in the 100- and 200-yard breast (Kristy Kowal) along with 1996 Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina. His 1998 squads finished third and seventh, respectively for the men and women and the women’s team repeated at Southeastern Conference champions.
“I’m certainly flattered to be recognized with such an honor, particularly from my peers,” added the seven-time SEC Coach of the Year. “Because of the coaches’ voting for the award, it means that much more to me. I’m looking forward to the presentation on Friday night, as it will be great for the University of Georgia and our program.”
As the winningest active coach in the SEC, Bauerle has compiled a 251-69-1 record which includes a 150-23-1 (.865) mark after 19 years with the women’s team and a 101-46 (.687) standard for 15 years with the men’s squad. In the upcoming 1998-99 season, Bauerle will need only two dual meet victories to surpass Ray Bussard (1968-88) as the all-time winningest coach in the country. Bussard’s record stands at 252-20 after 20 years of coaching the men’s team at Tennessee.
Also presented at the banquet, Bauerle will receive the CSCAA’s NCAA Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year Award which he won at the 1998 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships this past March in Minneapolis, Minn.