67 Coaches Make 2015-2016 USA Swimming National Team List

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The 107 athletes that were named to the USA Swimming national team were coached by 66 men and women who will be a part of the prestigious roster of National Team Coaches.

USA Swimming released the list of coaches in conjunction with the release of the names of the national team swimmers. Some of the coaches have already reached legendary status. Others are making their mark in the sport this year by getting one or more athletes into the top six in their respective events among Americans.

The swimmers aren’t the only ones who get rewards for being a part of the national team. The coaches will be a part of regular National Team Coaches Seminar, one of the most prestigious gatherings of coaches that takes place anywhere in the world. Some will get financial incentives, if their athlete(s) placed in the top three in an individual Olympic event at this year’s world championships.

The coaches — 63 men and four women — listed below were the personal coaches of the athletes on the national team. According to the definition set by USA Swimming, these coaches worked directly with the athletes in their training and meet preparation.

2015-2016 USA Swimming National Team Coaches
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12 Comments

12 comments

  1. MaryAlice Miller

    Ok. I love USA swimming and I know every coach on this list probably deserves the honor but please explain to me why there are 63 men and only 4 women on the coaching staff

    • Jessica Fry

      This has been my problem for a number of years now. There are so many great female coaches out there! Sadly, in my experience and from what I’ve noticed where I live, most senior and elite swimmers have coaches that are older men while women seem to be coaching age groupers (that go on to swim in those senior and elite groups). I work with some pretty badass women and I just wish we, as a gender, were recognized more for our accomplishments and service to the sport!

    • Jessica Fry

      This has been my problem for a number of years now. There are so many great female coaches out there! Sadly, in my experience and from what I’ve noticed where I live, most senior and elite swimmers have coaches that are older men while women seem to be coaching age groupers (that go on to swim in those senior and elite groups). I work with some pretty badass women and I just wish we, as a gender, were recognized more for our accomplishments and service to the sport!

      • avatar
        superfan

        Most of the swimmers are college age or older. There are more than enough women coaching in the college program. They are either not doing a very good job or the swimmers don’t feel confident swimming for them?
        Maybe there are more good ones that get in the sport and then they quit to have a family and raise children. Then that is a negative about females in the sport.
        There are plenty of female opportunities……just not stepping to the plate for one reason or another.

    • avatar
      John R.

      If a woman coached someone that made the team, she’d be on the list. This was meant to be a positive article so that the coaches got the recognition and praise they deserve. Why does everything positive have to be turned into a controversy? Unbelievable. As it seems there is an issue, which could very well be undeniable, use a more appropriate forum so as not to detract from this positive article.

  2. avatar
    Bruce thorburn

    I agree! Why aren’t there more women? 4? USA swimming needs to work on this.

  3. avatar

    Where’s the guy who was National Team Coach prior to the gentleman who currently occupies that position?

    Did he suddenly fall,off the turnip truck or get thrown under the bus?

  4. avatar
    Seth Hoff

    My initial observation: not a very diverse group.

  5. avatar
    Sigh

    If you’re wondering why there aren’t more women, you should ask the athletes on the national team why they’re choosing to swim for who they do. USAS didn’t make this list by preference, no one singled anyone out. This isn’t a selection of great coaches decided by the Good Ol’ Boys Club. These are the coaches of our best swimmers.

  6. Mindy Dougherty

    Because only 4 women placed swimmers on the national team!

  7. avatar
    Flygirl

    Why isn’t Sue Chen on the list? If Conger is listed as UT/NCAP and she is his coach at NCAP, she should be included.

    • avatar
      Jeff Commings

      Flygirl,

      Eddie Reese was Conger’s personal coach. This list is made of those who were directly involved with the athletes on the national team. That’s why Chuck Batchelor is not on the list, even though Elizabeth Beisel and Laura Sogar list Bluefish as their swim clubs.

Author: Jeff Commings

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Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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