Wisconsin Promotes Erik Posegay to Associate Head Coach

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Wisconsin on Friday announced that Erik Posegay has been elevated to associate head coach on Yuri Suguiyama’s staff.

Posegay is in his third year on the Badgers’ staff. He was previously an assistant for two seasons at Penn State. Before that, Bob Bowman had hired him for a five-year stint at North Baltimore Aquatic Club. He began his coaching career with six seasons as the head coach at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa.

“There are very few coaches who invest in the craft of coaching like Erik does,” Suguiyama said in a university statement. “His ability to develop our student-athletes in the pool and his investment in their lives out of it, has been a huge asset to our program. We’re fortunate to have him here in Madison. I look forward to working with him for years to come.”

Posegay has been on Team USA’s staff for the 2015 Open Water World Championships, 2013 Duel in the Pool and 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, all as an assistant women’s coach. He also served as an assistant in the French delegation to the 2014 European Championships and as the head coach for Macedonia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Three swimmers for Wisconsin earned Honorable Mention All-American status on the men’s side in a chaotic 2020-21 season. Among the swimmers Posegay has worked with in Madison are 2021 women’s 200 backstroke NCAA champion Phoebe Bacon and three-time Big Ten champion in 2020 Beata Nelson.

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