Director of Coaches
Bill Wadley, who retired from the Ohio State men’s swimming head coaching position in 2017, is one of the most experienced and respected mentors in the world of competitive swimming.
Esteemed Career Highlights:
- 2010 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year
- Ten consecutive Top Twenty NCAA championship finishes
- OSU teams were ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 22 of 25 seasons
- Career record of 247-50 in 28 seasons as a college head coach
- Produced more than 35 world-ranked swimmers at OSU
- Fifteen of his OSU swimmers reached the Olympics
- 1986 Olympic Festival, Head Coach
- 1988 and 1992 Gold Medal Teams, Head Coach
- 1991 World University Games, Head Coach
- 1998 Goodwill Games, Head Coach
- 2009, USA Swimming World University Games, Assistant Coach
- 2010 International University Sports Federation, Technical Swimming Chairman
- 2011 Team USA Duel in the Pool, Assistant Coach
- Past-President of the American Swimming Coaches Association and six-time Board Member.
- Board Member of USA Swimming
Wadley's system of coaching emphasizes a strong work ethic,
discipline and the power of positive thinking.
"The foundation of our program is technique and quality and we continually look for opportunities to help our athletes improve," Wadley said. "Challenging athletes to train and compete at the highest level is our primary goal."
Wadley is a 1979 graduate of Austin Peay State University. He and his wife, Gail, an athletics trainer at the OSU Sports Medicine Center, reside in Columbus. Bill has two sons; Brian and Michael.