Michael Phelps Confirms He Is Headed to Arizona

Michael Phelps
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Michael Phelps, in a series of tweets this morning confirmed news that Bob Bowman told the media on Friday, that the dynamic duo are both headed to Arizona State University to train as Bowman assumes head-coaching duties for the Sun Devils

Bowman not only has been at the helm of Phelps’ tremendous career that includes 22 Olympic medals, Bowman’s swimmers have also set 43 world records under his tutelage.

Bowman also has coached in college when he followed Phelps to the University of Michigan for four years. He coached the Wolverines during that time period, and won Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008, before returning to NBAC with Phelps.

Bowman is in a unique position where he could bring his stable of pro athletes with him to Arizona, Phelps included, since these athletes do not have commitments to a university. Their presence would only enhance the college program. Bowman owns the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, so he could hire coaching replacements for that program and a Chief Operating Officer to oversee its operations. The hiring of Bowman would certainly jump start the Arizona State program immediately.

Bowman explained that the Arizona State men’s swimming program is fully funded and safe.  He said he would not have taken the job any other way.

Bowman and Arizona State will also be heavily involved in the Make a Splash learn-to-swim initiative first developed by the USA Swimming Foundation.  Anderson is fully invested in using Arizona State University to help create what he called the “most expansive learn-to-swim program in all of collegiate sports” in an article reported by Metcalfe.

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Kristie Wisniewski
9 years ago

Time to put the work in. He should just swim Fly and maybe an IM at the next Olympics. He has nothing to prove. Just go enjoy the village and bring home 1 or two medals.

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Bill Bell
9 years ago

Great news but how ’bout Kazan? Can/ will he accept FINA invite to compete as an “ad hoc” entrant?

Perhaps though it best he stick around Tempe and traIn for Rio.

Agree that flys and 200 IM best shots for Rio gold (200 IM) but I’d sure love to,see him get that 200 free wr back before he hangs ’em up.

If not Rio then maybe ’17 at wherever the Worlds are — or even Tokyo,five years hence!

Glenna LaRose Authery
9 years ago

Tiffany Authery that’s your college!! Decided!

Laurie Princiotto
9 years ago

Welcome to AZ, Michael! The weather will suit you.

Jose Blanchet Marquez
9 years ago

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Nancy Stender
9 years ago

So many guess he’ll be taking classes and finally getting that bachelor’s degree?

Perttu Super
9 years ago

Man he’s gotta shave, the beard slows down

Melody Dos Santos
9 years ago

Michael and Coach Bowman coming to Zona Awesome! know where Coach Bowman is going to coach not good

Tamy Ottomeyer
9 years ago

Great news for #ASU [unfort. in this house…#gocats #beardown] Hoping as a competiter, he will attend some of the Phoenix local meets during the year for ‘race training’ along with some of the other professional Phoenix based athletes needing National/Olympic cuts. Their presence, humility and availability is always a huge inspiration for all Age Group and High School Swimmers! Thanking just a few, wtih a bias to Phoenix Swim Club #rolandschoeman #gilessmith #alexcoci #norikoinada #ErikRisolvato #Rio2016 #USASwimming

H Mc Cormack
9 years ago

Good Luck Michael!!!!!!

Pamela Watson
9 years ago

Love to have you here… Go Phoenix Swim Club!!!

Lisa Postma
9 years ago

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Veronica Perez
9 years ago

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Lisa Weatherbee Cordero

So happy Michael is finding a path. Sports are great, but in the end, you have to have life skills to live. You need a reason to get up everyday.

JB Baker
9 years ago

Pac12 just got harder to win

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Mandy Wang
9 years ago

even my bae is heading to arizona xD Kaitlyn

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9 years ago

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9 years ago

“Bowman also has coached in college when he followed Phelps to the University of Michigan for four years. ”

Please clarify. I’ve seen this in a couple of recent articles now, but the link, at least in your article, speaks of Bowman leaving Michigan to return to NBAC. It doesn’t even mention Phelps aside from the headline.

Who followed whom to Michigan? I always presumed Michael followed Bowman to Ann Arbor. Did I have that backward?

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