Preseason Coaches Q&A: Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving
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Four Women's Swimmers Compete on Final Day of NCAA Championships
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Group of Women's Swimmers on Their Way to NCAA Championships
Mike Bottom recently concluded his third year as the head coach for the U-M men's and women's swimming and diving programs. Prior to the program's combining, Bottom served as head coach for the men's swimming and diving team (2008-12). In his three years with the women, Bottom holds a dual-meet record of 20-11 (14-6 in the Big Ten), while going 59-3-1 (37-1 Big Ten) with the men. On the men's side, he has led Michigan to one national championship (2013), six Big Ten championships (2009, 2011-15) and top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship in every season, which includes four consecutive top-five finishes.
Universally recognized as one of the finest sprint coaches in the world, Bottom is a five-time Big Ten Men's Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-15) and was 2013 CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year. In his seven years, Bottom has coached the men's swimmers to a total of eight national titles (seven individual, one relay), 79 Big Ten individual or relay titles and 33 NCAA All-Americans. Among the national champions that Bottom has coached include NCAA record-holders Dylan Bosch (2014: 200-yard butterfly), Tyler Clary (2009-10: 400-yard IM, 2009: 200-yard backstroke) and the 200-yard medley relay team of Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zack Turk (2013). In addition, a Michigan swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in five of Bottom's six years: Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012) and Connor Jaeger (2013-14).
On the women's side, Bottom has rebuilt the program and culture, taking the team from 36th at the NCAA Championships and sixth at the Big Ten Championships in 2013 to 22nd and third, respectively, in 2015. His penchant for fast swimming translated over to the women's program, as his swimmers have set a total of 12 school records in just three short years.
Bottom brings a wealth of collegiate and international coaching experience to the pool at Michigan. He has coached at each of the last five Olympic Games, including 2012 and 2008 where he served as the head coach for Serbia, and spent 17 years in collegiate coaching. Bottom represented the U.S. twice in 2013, serving as head men's swimming coach for Team USA at the World University Games (Kazan, Russia) while also serving as an assistant coach for the at 2013 FINA World Championships (Barcelona). Bottom has been with The Race Club in Tavernier, Fla., since 2003 and has served as head coach of the World Team, its elite level training group. Among his most notable athletes is 10-time Olympic medalist and International Swimming Hall of Famer, Gary Hall Jr.
He coached the top two finishers in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, with Hall (USA) and Duje Draganja (Croatia) placing 1-2 in 2004 (Athens) and Anthony Ervin (USA) and Hall tying for the gold medal in 2000 (Sydney). From the 1996-2004 Olympiads, nine of the 18 medals awarded in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events have been won by Bottom's swimmers. He's also heavily involved in USA Swimming, serving as head coach for Team USA at the 2013 World University Games (Kazan, Russia) and as an assistant coach at the 2009 and 2013 FINA World Championships.
At the NCAA level, Bottom has mentored individuals in every stroke to 19 national titles. He has learned from the best in his sport, coaching alongside the likes of Doc Counsilman (Indiana), George Haines (UCLA), Peter Daland (USC), Mark Schubert (USA Swimming national team head coach, USC) and Nort Thornton (Cal).
Bottom spent 10 seasons (1997-2007) at California, serving as co-head coach of the men's team alongside Thornton. Prior to moving to Cal, he spent four years as the Southern California men's and women's assistant coach (1994-97), helping the women's team to its first NCAA championship in 1997. Bottom began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant with the Auburn men's and women's squads, coaching with David Marsh for four seasons (1991-94).
Since 1987, Bottom has directed BottomLine Aquatics, a start-up company dedicated to promoting health and growth in individuals of all ages. Initiatives range from after-school care programs for children ages 4-11, fundraisers, and instructional classes for beginners to elite level swimmers.
A member of the 1980 United States Olympic team, Bottom was a world record-holder in the 400-meter freestyle relay. A four-time USA National team member, he was part of three NCAA champion teams (1975-77) at USC and was an NCAA medley relay champion and five-time All-American.
Bottom is a charter member of the American College Counseling Association, a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Swim Coaches Association and College Swim Coaches Association of America. He is also certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Following the 1980 Olympic boycott, Bottom spent 10 years in the business world, including positions with Pacific Bell in San Ramon, Calif., as a systems analyst (1984-90), and with Utah International, Inc., in San Francisco as an internal controls analyst (1982-84).
Bottom received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Southern California (1978) where he graduated with the highest grade-point average among student-athletes and was a health advocate and peer counselor. In 1993, he graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in counseling psychology from Auburn University. From 1995-98, he completed all course work for a Ph.D. in sport psychology.
Bottom and his wife, Lauralyn, have three daughters: Dublyn, Macaiah and Breana.
Coaching Record at Michigan
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