Northern Kentucky Native To Lead USA Swimming

 Frank Busch is a native of Northern Kentucky. He grew up with Brookwood Swim Club as his backyard swimming pool. From the days of being a coach of the Brookwood Buschwackers to leading Arizona to a National title(with Cory Chitwood as swimmer) to now leading  USA Swimming - This is a very exciting day for all of USA Swimming. Please read below

Frank Busch Named USA Swimming National Team Director

University of Arizona head coach Busch will join USA Swimming Staff in May of 2011



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Swimming today named two-time Olympic coach Frank Busch (Tucson, Ariz.) as its National Team Director. Busch brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the role, including 31 years as head coach at the University of Arizona and the University of Cincinnati, where he coached more than 30 swimmers to the Olympics.


Busch was selected as the National Team Director following a worldwide search that USA Swimming began in December. Candidates were reviewed by an Application Review Committee, which included both coach and athlete representation.


“Frank Busch’s accomplishments are extraordinary, but equally important is the fact that he is a person of impeccable character and highly respected by athletes and coaches,” said USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus. “Frank will bring a lifetime of experience and wisdom to this new role, and he will represent our sport and our country in a manner that will give us all great pride.”


“This is a unique opportunity for me to continue my work with athletes and coaches at every level of our sport,” Busch said.  “I'll be working with a terrific organization and I can't wait to be a part of the leadership and direction of USA Swimming.”


In his role as the National Team Director, Busch will provide the overall vision and leadership for America’s top swim coaches and elite swimmers. He will also be directly involved in developing talent and mentoring coaches, participating in USA Swimming’s international relations efforts, formulating the high performance plan and managing USA Swimming’s National Team staff. Busch will serve as the National Team Leader at international competitions, working with the appointed head men’s and women’s coaches to prepare U.S. athletes to compete at the highest international level.


Busch, who has been the head coach at the University of Arizona for the past 22 years, will relinquish his coaching responsibilities there and with Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics in order to focus on this position full-time. He will be based at the USA Swimming headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will begin fulfilling duties in this role beginning on May 2, 2011. His term will last through 2016.


Busch has demonstrated coaching success at all levels - club, college and international. At the club level, Busch was both the head coach and Executive Director for Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics from 1989 to 2011. During his tenure, the team earned two National Championship team titles and Busch helped develop 34 Olympians, including 10 medalists.


At the collegiate level, Busch coached the University of Cincinnati swim team from 1980 to 1989. During that time he led both the men’s and women’s team to top 20 NCAA Championship finishes, a first in the history of the school’s program. Since joining the University of Arizona in 1989, the legendary coach has produced over 48 NCAA individual national champions and 31 NCAA relay champions. Busch also led the Wildcats to the 2008 NCAA Men’s and Women’s national championship titles, becoming only the second team in NCAA swimming history to sweep the men's and women's national championships in the same season while being led by the same coaching staff. Busch has been named the Pac-10 coach-of-the-year 11 times, and the NCAA coach-of-the-year six times.


At the international level, Busch has contributed to Team USA’s international success having served as an assistant coach for both the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Swim Teams and as a part of three World Championship coaching staffs in 1998, 2003 and 2006.


 “The National Team Director position requires a leader with a unique combination of technical swimming skills and leadership experience,” Wielgus said. “We are thrilled to have Frank on our team and we are confident that having him at the helm of our National Team will have a significant and positive impact on the future Olympic and international success of USA Swimming.”

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RESIDENCE: Tucson, Ariz.


-       University of Arizona Men’s and Women’s Swim Team Head Coach (1989-2011)

o    Won the 2008 Men’s  and Women’s NCAA Division 1 Championships

o    Led teams to consistent Top 5 NCAA finishes (10 for men, 15 for women)

-       Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics, Inc., Head Coach and Executive Director (1989-2011)

o    Earned two USA National Championship Team Titles

-       University of Cincinnati Men’s and Women’s Swim Team Head Coach (1980-1989)


-       Has served on two U.S. Olympic coaching staffs (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008)

-       Three-time U.S. World Championship team coach (1998, 2003, 2006)



-       NCAA Men's Coach of the Year (2008, 2006, 2005, 1993)

-       NCAA Women's Coach of the Year (2008, 2004)

-       11-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year

-       United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year (1998)

-       USA Swimming Coach of the Year (1998)

-       American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame Inductee (2008)

-       Received a BS in Education from Loyola University

-       Busch and his wife, Patty, have five adult children