Bottom Named Assistant Coach for U.S. Olympic Team

July 3, 2016

U-M at the Olympics

OMAHA, Neb. -- On the final day of U.S. Olympic Team Trials, University of Michigan head swimming coach Mike Bottom has been appointed to Team USA's coaching staff for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, where he'll serve as assistant coach for the men's team. The announcement was made before the start of finals on Sunday (July 3) by USA Swimming National Team director Frank Busch.

"I've been dreaming about this since I was 10 years old," said Bottom, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team who ultimately didn't get a chance to compete due to the boycott of the Moscow Games. "This is my Olympic dream. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to help the U.S. be successful in Rio. I can't wait to get started."

Bottom has coached at the last five Olympic Games and had previously planned on coaching Michigan sophomore Mokhtar Al-Yamani (Yemen) in Rio. This will be his first Olympic coaching stint with Team USA.

Former Michigan head coach Bob Bowman will serve as head coach for Team USA. Joining Bottom as assistant coaches include Jack Bauerle (Georgia) and Dave Durden (California).

Bottom has prior coaching experience with Team USA, twice serving as head coach of the men's team at the World University Games (2013, 2015) and also serving as a two-time assistant coach at the FINA World Championships (2009, 2013).

The Olympics begin on Aug. 3 in Rio.

Communications Contact: Brad Rudner