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Mike Bottom is in his ninth year at the University of Michigan, overseeing both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs since the 2012-13 season. Prior to the program's combining, Bottom served as head coach for the men's swimming and diving team (2008-12).
In four years with the women's team, Bottom has completely transformed the culture, rebuilding the program from the ground up. The 2015-16 season will go down as one of the best in recent memory, as the Wolverines captured its first Big Ten championship in 12 years, won seven Big Ten individual or relay titles, set 12 short course program records and qualified 12 student-athletes to the NCAA Championships. Under Bottom, Michigan has improved its team standing at the NCAA Championships in each year, going from 36th (2013) to 30th (2014) to 22nd (2015) to 10th (2016). Additionally, four different swimmers finished on the podium as NCAA All-Americans, the most in a single season since 1996
In his eight years with the men, Bottom is 70-3-1 in dual meets (43-1 in the Big Ten), with one national championship (2013), seven Big Ten championships (2009, 2011-16) and seven top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including four consecutive top-five finishes from 2012-15. He is a five-time Big Ten Men's Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-15) and was named CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year in 2013. During his tenure, Bottom has coached the men's swimmers to a total of eight national titles (seven individual, one relay), and has produced 88 Big Ten individual or relay titles and 35 NCAA All-Americans. Under Bottom's guidance, a Michigan swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in six of Bottom's eight years: Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012), Connor Jaeger (2013-14) and Dylan Bosch (2015).
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams have also excelled in the classroom under Bottom's watch. For the 2015-16 academic year, 71 percent of the men's and women's swimming and diving roster earned U-M Athletic Academic Achievement recognition (49-of-69 total; 27 men, 22 women), 39 of whom also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. In eight years, Bottom has coached five Academic All-Americans (PJ Ransford in 2016, Justin Glanda and Richard Funk in 2015, Courtney Beidler in 2014, Connor Jaeger in both 2013 and 2014) and three Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients (Justin Glanda in 2015, John Wojciechowski in 2014, Dan Madwed in 2012).
Bottom is universally recognized as one of the best sprint coaches in the world. In 2016, Bottom coached women's swimmer Ali DeLoof to NCAA All-America honors in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, the first U-M swimmer to do that in the same year since Jennie Eberwein in 1998. At the NCAA Championships, DeLoof became the third swimmer in Big Ten history to eclipse the 22-second barrier in the 50-yard freestyle (21.99) and set a Big Ten record in the 100-yard freestyle (47.54). DeLoof did not come to Michigan as a sprinter -- her 50-yard freestyle time in 2011 was 24.50 -- but graduated as the best in program history.
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 (USC) and Nort Thornton (Cal).
Bottom has over two decades of international coaching experience and has coached athletes at the last six Olympics, including a stint as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Games in Rio. Several current and former student-athletes achieved their Olympic dreams under Bottom's guidance at Michigan, including Clary (USA), Jaeger (USA), Sean Ryan (USA), Charlie Houchin (USA), Bosch (South Africa) and Miguel and Bruno Ortiz (Spain). Among Bottom's non-Michigan Olympics include 10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. (USA), a 10-time Olympic medalist; Duje Draganja (Croatia), the silver medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in 2004; and Anthony Ervin (USA), a gold medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in both 2000 and 2016. In the three Olympics from 1996-2004, nine of the 18 medals awarded in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles were won by Bottom's swimmers. In addition to his Olympic résumé, Bottom has twice served as head men's swimming coach at the World University Games (2013, 2015), and as an assistant coach at two FINA World Championships (2009, 2013).
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). Outside the collegiate ranks, Bottom spent nearly a decade with The Race Club in Tavernier, Fla., serving as head coach of the World Team, its elite level training group.
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.
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.
Bottom was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Team that couldn't compete due to the boycott. At the time, 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.
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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