April 29, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Michigan men's swimming and diving head coach Jon Urbanchek (1982-2004) was named the recipient of the 2014 Speedo Lifetime Achievement Award, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced yesterday (Monday, April 28). Urbanchek, now a volunteer assistant coach at USC, will receive the award at the CSCAA Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 22, held in conjunction with the CSCAA Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Speedo CSCAA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to the individual whose efforts best exemplify the integrity and ideals of collegiate swimming and who has achieved significant success in the sport while still imparting the educational and character-building qualities of the collegiate swimming experience.
Urbanchek was head coach of the Michigan men's swimming and diving team for 22 years, amassing a dual-meet record of 163-34-0 (.827), including a mark of 100-4-0 (.962) against Big Ten opponents. He led the Wolverines to 13 Big Ten Conference titles -- including a stretch of 10 straight from 1986-95 -- and one national championship (1995). He was a nine-time Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year and was CSCAA Coach of the Year in 1995.
On the international level, Urbanchek has coached over 40 Olympians and has participated in the last seven Olympic Games, serving as an assistant coach for Team USA in five (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004) and as a special assistant in two (2008, 2012). He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2008.
Contact: Brad Rudner