Bob Bowman Bounces From Baltimore To New Job At Arizona State With Phelps In Tow

Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps, courtesy of USA Swimming

Bob Bowman has agreed to become the head coach at Arizona State University, a press conference later this afternoon confirming his appointment. The CEO and head man at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Bowman is expected to be joined in Arizona by his longtime pupil, 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps

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Bob Bowman has agreed to become the head coach at Arizona State University, a press conference later this afternoon confirming his appointment. The CEO and head man at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Bowman is expected to be joined in Arizona by his longtime pupil, 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps

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Jennifer

A big move for the best coach/swimmer combo ever.

aswimfan

This is a win-win situation for ASU and Bowman/Phelps (let’s face it, Phelps interest is as much calculated into this as anyone else).

ASU gets a famous coach/swimmer to draw better recruits, and Bowman/Phelps gets ideal facility to train all year round for Rio.

easyspeed

Hmm, Phelps is trying to be a responsible, sober adult and now he is going to be in a party kid environment (ASU = biggest party school in the nation). Hope he is far enough along in his treatment….

Flipper

I’m not familiar with collegiate swimming regulations, but would Michael not be eligible to swim for the university if he were to enroll for a degree at own expense? It stands to reason that as a professional athlete he would not be eligible for a scholarship.

aswimfan

No. Phelps would not be allowed to swim for the University.
He definitely can train there, depending on the arrangement, like what he did with Bowman at the University of Michigan.

beachmouse

Lots of post-grads and professionals train under a college coach by getting themselves named as “volunteer assistant coaches” to the school.

I really like the Anderson-Mann team for Kazan. You’ve got a London medalist and one of the sport’s up and comers. Seems like they’ve got as good of a shot at two Rio slots as anyone out there.

reallyoldflyer

Craig,

Is the timing to a thousandth (by Sean Ryan over Alex Meyer) a typo or is open water measured to a more accurate measure than pool?

Craig Lord

reallyolfflyer: not a typo, John L has recorded the official result, which reads to 1/1000 BUT Fina rules for pool and open water state the following:
pool: results shall be recorded only to 1/100 of a second. When timing to 1/1000 … is available the third digit shall no be recorded
open w: microchip transponder timing technology will be recorded officially in tenths of seconds. The final place will be determined by the referee based upon the finish judges’ report and the finish video tape.
USA Swimming has decided to record to 1/1000 but it has no basis in the specific FINA rules governing open water swimming – though those rules do not rule out 1/1000 specifically, as is the case in pool swimming.

aswimfan

Does anyone know who made the first approach for the deal?
Bowman or ASU?

Jessica

aswimfan, ASU made the first approach.

–NBAC althete

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