Bottom Announces Coaching Staff for 2012-13 Season
Mike Bottom

Aug. 30, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head swimming coach Mike Bottom announced the coaching staff for men's and women's swimming and diving teams on Thursday (Aug. 30), with Rick Bishop and Dr. Josh White named associate head coaches, and Mark Hill and Danielle Tansel named assistant coaches. In addition, KZ Li will continue as head coach of the diving programs.

An assistant at U-M the past four seasons, White will be the associate head coach for the men's team. Bishop was named the associate head coach for the women's team after spending the last four years at USA Swimming in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hill's appointment to the staff comes after spending the last three years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Michigan men's team. Tansel was an assistant coach for the women's swimming team at Southern Methodist University last season.

"We're building a foundation of success here at the University of Michigan, and these four individuals will do a fantastic job in mentoring and coaching our student-athletes," Bottom said. "Josh and Mark have done an outstanding job with our men's team the last several seasons, and I am excited to move forward with them. Rick is one of the best developmental coaches in the country and has a pedigree of success from his experience with USA Swimming, as well as international, Olympic and collegiate success. The work Danielle has done at SMU and the University of Richmond made her one of the brightest and fastest-rising assistants in the country. All four are outstanding coaches and their experience, energy, and enthusiasm will excite our programs here at the University of Michigan. I am very energized for this next chapter in Michigan swimming and I can't wait to get started."

White enters his fifth season on the Michigan coaching staff. Several distance swimmers have experienced tremendous growth and success over the past two years under White's guidance, including current U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), who finished sixth in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics; Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), who earned a gold medal for the U.S. in the 5k Open Water Team Race at the 2011 World Championships; and Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y/Rye), the top collegiate finisher in the 400-meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (fifth). White recently returned from the 2012 London Olympics, working in team alongside Bottom and Hill. He attained his Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University in 2006.

Bishop comes to Michigan after working at USA Swimming for the last four years. His role grew every year, serving as a sports performance consultant for the Club Development arm of USA Swimming (2008-10), before moving on to work with the national team, where he served as performance support manager (2010-11) and Manager of Coach Services and Education (2011-12). Most recently, Bishop was responsible for selecting the 2013 World University Games Team, as well as coordinating participation efforts for Team USA at the upcoming FINA World Cup. Bishop has significant international coaching experience over his 20-plus years in the profession, including serving as head women's coach for Brazil at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He had two separate coaching stints at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he guided the boys and girls teams to the 2006 Florida High School 1A State Championship. Bishop began his coaching career at Harvard University, where he was an assistant with the men's swimming team from 1988-91. He swam collegiately at the University of Massachusetts, where he captained the team to its first team championship in program history in 1987.

Hill begins his fourth year on the Michigan coaching staff after serving the last three seasons as the volunteer assistant coach with the men's team. Like Bottom and White, Hill also coached at the 2012 London Olympics. For the last three years, Hill has served as an assistant coach on the Club Wolverine Elite Team, an international post-graduate Olympic training program based out of the University of Michigan that hosted 15 Olympic swimmers from around the world as they prepared for the London games. Hill swam collegiately at the University of Maryland (2001-04), where he was a three-time All-ACC pick, two-time team MVP, and five-time medalist at the ACC Championships.

Tansel comes to Ann Arbor after serving the last year as an assistant coach at Southern Methodist University. She helped guide SMU to the 2011-12 Conference USA team championship, and a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Eight SMU swimmers earned NCAA All-America status under Tansel, including two top-eight finishers, and five top-16 finishers. This summer, she contributed to the development of three Olympians: Denisa Smolenova (Slovakia), Nina Rangelova (Bulgaria) and Therese Svendsen (Sweden). Prior to joining SMU, Tansel was at the University of Richmond for three years (2008-11), helping the Spiders to a pair of Atlantic-10 championships in 2009 and 2011, and at nearby Oakland University, where she was a graduate assistant coach for two years (2005-07). Tansel swam collegiately at Notre Dame (2000-04), where she was a participant at the 2003 NCAA Championships and four-time Big East Academic All-Star (2001-04). She's also a former school record holder in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Li enters his third year overseeing the U-M divers, increasing the talent level each season. Last year, Li guided former Wolverine Amanda Lohman (2009-12) to a pair of All-America honorable mentions at the NCAA Championships, the first U-M diver to receive two honors at the same national meet since 1994. On the men's side, Li mentored an extremely young group, with nine of his 10 divers either freshmen or sophomores. He has spent his entire 19-year career as a head coach, including stints at the U.S. Elite Diving Academy (2008-10) and the University of Minnesota (1996-2003).

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423