Michigan’s Mike Bottom among Olympic swim coaches

Mike Bottom
Michigan Wolverines swimming coach Mike Bottom at the pool in Ann Arbor, Mich. (June 2016)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — USA Swimming has filled out its coaching staff for the Rio Olympics.

Jack Bauerle, Dave Durden and Mike Bottom serve as assistant coaches for the men’s team, while Bruce Gemmell, Greg Meehan and Ray Looze are going to work with the women’s team.

The head coaches were announced months ago. They are David Marsh (women) and Bob Bowman (men).

Gemmell is coach of the Nation’s Capital Swim Club and works with Katie Ledecky, expected to be one of the biggest stars of the Rio Games. Meehan coaches at Stanford, while Looze runs the swimming program at Indiana.

Jack Bauerle is the longtime coach at Georgia, Dave Durden works at Cal, and Bottom coaches the Michigan Wolverines.

The assistant coaches are picked largely on which swimmers qualified for the team at the U.S. Olympics trials, which end Sunday night.


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