Six Michigan Coaches Named CSCAA Top 100 Coaches
07/12/2021 20:04:00 PM
// Kyler Ludlow
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced its Top 100 Coaches on Tuesday, Dec. 7, with six distinguished coaches from Michigan being named to the list that represents the last century of college swimming.
Current Head Coach Mike Bas as good as Dick kimball, Matt Mann, Jim richardson, Gus Stager and Jon Urbanchek were named to the prestigious list representing 12 National Championships, 44 Men’s Big Ten Championships, 17 Women’s Big Ten Championships and over 50 Olympians during their Michigan careers.
Mike Low (2008-present)
Bottom has been on the Michigan coaching staff since the 2008-09 campaign, starting as the men’s head coach (2008-12) and adding the women’s team in 2013. During that time, Michigan compiled a record overall of 100-7-1. (men) and 61-13 (women) while winning a total of 12 Big Ten titles (nine men, three women). He led the Wolverine men to an NCAA championship in the 2012-13 campaign and finished eight in the top 10 at the national championships for men and four more for women.
Richard Kimball (1960-2002)
Kimball was a three-time All-America diver in Michigan before beginning his illustrious coaching career. He was a member of the US Olympic diving staff for five Olympics, and along the way, he coached nine divers to Olympic medals and five divers to NCAA National Championships. He was also named NCAA Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach of the Year in 1984. Kimball is also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Matt Mann (1925-54)
In 1925, Mann came to the University of Michigan as head swimming coach and thus embarked on a 29-year legacy of national success. Among Mann’s startling stats are 16 conference titles, 13 national crowns and a doubles-meets record of 202-25-3. During his tenure, Michigan trained more Olympian swimmers than any other college or university in the United States. He was named the coach of the 1952 United States Olympic swimming team, which won four of the six swimming gold medals awarded. Ironically, one event the US team did not capture was the 200-meter breaststroke, won by UM swimmer but Australian competitor John Davies.
Jim Richardson (1985-2012)
Jim Richardson spent 27 seasons at the helm of the Michigan women’s swimming program, leading the Wolverines to 14 Big Ten Championships, including a record 12 consecutive crowns from 1987 to 1998. The 12 consecutive conference titles are a Big Ten record. among women’s sports teams. He also added league championships in 2001 and 2004. Nationally, Richardson’s teams ranked in the top 10 in 14 of his 27 seasons, including a runner-up at the 1995 NCAA Championships. Richardson had five individual national champions and one relay won a title during his tenure.
Gus Stager (1954-79; 1981-82)
Stager was Michigan’s swimming coach for 25 years, from 1954 to 1979. During Stager’s reign, Wolverine’s teams compiled an impressive double-meet record of 169-39-1, and the 1957, 1958 teams, 1959 and 1961 won NCAA titles. From 1954 to 1979, his Michigan teams placed third or better each year in the Big Ten Conference. In 1979, Stager received the highest college award in coaching – the Collegiate Interschool Trophy – for his contribution to the sport of swimming. In 1981, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Jon Urbanchek (1982-2004)
Urbanchek guided the Wolverines to the 1995 NCAA Championship and 13 Big Ten titles in 22 seasons. The program won 10 consecutive conference championships from 1986 to 1995. Overall, its teams were 163-34 in doubles with a 100-4 score against the Big Ten competition. He was the 1995 NCAA and American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year eight times. In the NCAA Championship in 1995, Michigan won six individual national titles and a relay crown. Urbanchek had 26 swimmers in Michigan to represent their countries at the Olympics with 10 individuals combined for 17 medals. He was USA Swimming assistant coach at the 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics and was special assistant in 2008 and 2012. He also coached the 1994 and 1998 US world championship teams.