Michigan opens its 2012-13 season, its first under new head coach Mike Bottom.
Mike Bottom recently concluded his first year as the head coach for the U-M men's and women's swimming and diving programs after serving the last four (2008-12) as the head coach for the men's swimming and diving team. In five years at Michigan, Bottom has reinvigorated two programs with a rich history of success. With the men's team, Bottom has won four Big Ten Championships (2009, 2011-13) and an NCAA Championship (2103) while being named the 2013 CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year. Bottom has improved the women's team by nearly every measure of success.
Recognized as one of the finest swimming coaches in the world, Bottom has maintained the tradition of excellence in the pool at Michigan, guiding the U-M men's team to its 12th NCAA Championship and third-consecutive Big Ten Championship in 2013. He took the men's team to new heights in 2013, instituting a culture of fast swimming from the season's start to its end, while implementing new initiatives to help draw fan awareness to the sport during the regular season. Among those initiatives was the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival in October of 2012 and a 20-yard meet with Eastern Michigan in January 2013.
In his first season guiding the women, the team showed significant improvements over 2011-12 benchmarks. That included finishing higher at the Big Ten Championship (6th), sending more swimmers to the NCAA Championship (eight) and earning more All-America Honorable Mention citations (five). Bottom's culture of fast swimming propelled the team to set three new school records in the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay and 100-yard breaststroke (Angela Chokra).
Under his guidance, Michigan swimmers have combined to win six individual or relay national championships, including three from Tyler Clary (400-yard IM in 2009-10, 200-yard backstroke in 2009), two from Connor Jaeger (500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle in 2013) and one from the 200-yard medley relay (2013). In addition, his swimmers have won 57 Big Ten individual or relay titles, including 12 in 2013. Clary (2009-10), Jaeger (2013) and former U-M swimmer Dan Madwed (2012) were each named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year under his watch, while Clary and Jaeger went on to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London. His men's swimmers and relay teams have earned 108 NCAA All-America honors (40 in 2013) and 67 NCAA All-America honorable mentions during his five-year tenure.
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 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 protégés is 10-time Olympic medalist and International Swimming Hall of Famer, Gary Hall Jr.
Perhaps the world's best sprint coach, Bottom 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. Bottom was also selected as an assistant coach at the 2009 FINA World Championship in Rome during the summer of 2009.
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.