Olympic Champ Misty Hyman Added To Arizona State Swimming Coaching Staff

Photo Courtesy: Brent Rutemiller

Bob Bowman made a big addition to his coaching roster for the Arizona State University swimming teams, and he didn’t have to look far beyond the ASU campus. Olympic champion Misty Hyman will join his already impressive list as assistant coach, marking her debut in college coaching.

“I tried to look for assistant coaches who each could bring something very unique to the program,” Bowman said. “When I started my search, I didn’t know that we could get a candidate that is this exceptional.”

Hyman won the 200 butterfly at the 2000 Olympics in dramatic fashion, upsetting prohibitive favorite Susie O’Neill in the process and breaking Mary T. Meagher’s legendary American record in the process. She was a multiple NCAA champion for Stanford University and set two revered national high school records in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Though she has not coached at the college level, Hyman has some coaching experience. She spent a few seasons working with the swim teams at her alma mater, Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix. She’s been spending the past few years as a motivational speaker, appearing at swim clinics and teaching swimming lessons in the Phoenix area. She was also instrumental in creating the St. Croix Coral Reef open water swim 20 years ago.

Hyman joins Ryan Mallam and Dan Kesler on the swimming coaching staff. Mark Bradshaw remains as head diving coach.

Bob Bowman announces Misty Hyman as ASU Swimming assistant coach

19 Comments

19 comments

  1. Pam Esser

    So excited for ASU, and Misty! Congratulations!!!

  2. Jennifer Tyler

    She’s the best. My swimmers did a clinic with her. ASU is lucky to have her!

  3. PACE PAL

    Great move Bob! What a TEAM you are building! Misty is such a class person and coach!

  4. Elaine Gerson

    Congratulations Misty!! ASU is lucky to have you!!!

  5. Charlynn Darrah

    Very exciting addition for ASU. Congratulations Misty!

  6. Phil Thornburgh

    Good call Coach Bowman. I watched her at state when she was the solo member of the Benson High team. She basically revolutionized the Fly.

    • avatar
      Dunc1952

      Phil, you are remembering Crissy Ahmann, who was another female Arizona high school butterflyer , Benson ’88, who went on to be an Olympic medalist (1992 Silver in 100 Fly, along with two relay golds). Interestingly, Crissy and Misty crossed paths as finalists in the 100 Fly at the 1996 Olympic Trials, Crissy toward the end of her career and Misty still toward the front of hers. Misty went to Shadow Mountain in Phoenix and had her last high school meet in the ’96-’97 school year.

  7. avatar
    liquidassets

    Wow, didn’t see that coming. But when I saw this, I immediately thought that sounds like a great match!

  8. Ty Hibbert

    1 gold metal and everyone overreacts 🙂

  9. Sara Schramm

    Congratulations Misty!! We are thrilled to see what lies ahead for both Misty and our beloved Devils!!

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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