Deck Pass Blog: Week 1
Women's Swimming & Diving to Usher in New Era with Wisconsin Dual
Dr. Josh White is in his ninth season on the Michigan coaching staff, serving the last five years as associate head coach for the men's program. The previous four years (2009-12), White was the assistant head coach for the men's team.
White has kept the strong tradition of distance swimming at Michigan alive. In his nine years, his distance swimmers have won 20 Big Ten individual titles across the distance freestyle events (200, 500, 1,650), with another eight coming on the 800-yard freestyle relay. The distance program was instrumental in helping Michigan win its national championship in 2013, as its swimmers held four of the top nine spots in the 1,650-yard freestyle and five of the top 16 spots in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships. One month earlier at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, Michigan placed 1-2-3-4 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 1-3-4-6-9 in the 500-yard freestyle and 1-2-3-4-6 in the 200-yard freestyle. Additionally, White tutored the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Connor Jaeger, Anders Lie Nielsen, Justin Glanda and Michael Wynalda to a then-NCAA record at the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
Two of White's swimmers -- Felix Auböck and PJ Ransford -- have finished runner-up in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships in two of the last three seasons. Both were NCAA All-Americans in 2017. Auböck was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2017, and recorded the second-fastest mile time in history at the NCAA Championships (14:22.87).
Beyond the NCAA, Michigan distance swimmers have achieved great international success, led by Jaeger, a two-time U.S. Olympian and 2016 silver medalist in the 1,500-meter freestyle. White coached four of the top nine milers at the 2012 US Olympic Trials and three of the top 11 in 2016. After his appearance at the 2012 Olympics in London, Jaeger vaulted to the top of the American distance swimming scene, winning three NCAA titles, five medals in international meets and setting American records in both the 1,500-meter freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle.
Other top distance swimmers under White's watch include Ransford (2016-17 U.S. National Team), Nielsen (2012 and 2016 Olympian, 2014 Short Course World Championships), former Texas swimmer Michael Klueh and women's swimmer Emily Brunemann (U.S. National Team) and Ryan Feeley (2012 FINA Short Course World Championships). At the 2012 Olympic Games, White served as the head swimming coach for Barbados, coaching former University of Florida standout Bradley Ally in the 100-meter backstroke, and the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys.
Athletes coached by Dr. White have also had great success in Open Water competition. He was the head open water coach for the United States at the 2011 and 2013 World University Games, and was named an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships. The biggest beneficiary of White's coaching is Sean Ryan, a multi-time U.S. National Team selection who qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio in the 10K race. Brunemann, the 2008 NCAA champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle, was coached by White in 2009 when she won the 10K at the US National Championships and in 2010 when she placed third at the Pan-Pacific Championships. White also put Cameron Stitt on Team USA's roster for the 2015 World University Games.
Prior to his arrival in Ann Arbor, White was head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Division-III Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont, Calif.) from 2006-08.
In 2006, White attained his Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University, studying in the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming. His graduate research focused on the power generated during swimming and swimming power training.
While pursuing his Ph.D. at IU, White spent three years as a volunteer assistant coach with the Hoosier men's swimming team. Additionally, White coached at Bloomington South (Ind.) High School and has club team experience with The Indiana Swim Team and Bloomington Swim Club.