Former All-American at Michigan, goalkeeper of the gold-medal U.S. Olympic squad and Ann Arbor native Betsey Armstrong begins her first season as an assistant coach at U-M.
Betsey Armstrong is in her first season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan water polo program. A Michigan alumnae (2002-05) and six-year veteran of the U.S. Women's National Team, Armstrong was named to the Wolverine coaching staff less than a week after backstopping Team USA to Olympic gold at the London Games.
Armstrong was in the cage for every second of Team USA's six Olympic victories, earning 53 saves and a .525 save percentage for the tournament. She grew stronger in subsequent rounds, stopping 31-of-51 shots (.608) in the final-round games, including 8-of-13 against Spain in the gold-medal match. The gold medal was the first for the United States in Olympic competition. The U.S. has medaled at every Olympic Games since women's water polo was added in 2000, earning one gold, two silvers and one bronze. Armstrong previously earned silver as goalkeeper for the U.S. team at the 2008 Beijing Games.
A member of the USA National Team since 2006, Armstrong has also contributed to gold-medal performances at the Pan American Games (2007, '11), FINA World League Super Final (2010, '11, '12), 2009 FINA World Championships and 2010 FINA World Cup. She was twice named the Top Goalkeeper at the FINA World League Super Final (2008, '10) and earned Most Outstanding Goalkeeper accolades at the 2007 World Championships.
Regarded among the top goalkeepers in the world, Armstrong was named Female Water Polo Player of the Year by Swimming World Magazine (2009) and FINA Aquatics World Magazine (2010).
As a Wolverine student-athlete (2002-05), Armstrong was a four-time All-American in net, earning second team honors as a junior and third team accolades as a senior after claiming All-America honorable mention her first two seasons in Ann Arbor. A 2008 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee, Armstrong was a finalist for the Cutino Award as the nation's top player during the 2004 season. She established program records in blocks (1,267), minutes (3,329), goals against average (5.64) and save percentage (.654).
A native of Ann Arbor, Armstrong graduated from Michigan in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in English language and literature.