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By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 26, 2005
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Entering his 17th year as head coach of the Wildcats, Frank Busch has transformed University of Arizona swimming and diving into one of the nation’s most powerful programs.


Busch closed out the 2004-05 season earning the honor of NCAA co-men’s head coach of the year for the third time in his career. He was also named Pac-10 Women’s coach of the year for the fifth time during his tenure at Arizona. Both men’s and women’s teams finished third at the 2005 NCAA Championships, which is the best finish at the national championships in the same season that both teams have posted in UA history. Busch also produced three individual national
champions and a total of 77 All-American honors.

In the 2003-04 season, Busch produced two of the top teams
in the nation as the women finished the NCAA Championships in third place and the men finished fourth. Busch was recognized for these accomplishments as the 2004 NCAA Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year and was also named the 2004 Pac-10 Women’s Coach of the Year. Busch was later named an assistant coach on the staff of the women’s U.S. Olympic Team at the 28th Summer Games in Athens, Greece.


Since taking over the Arizona program in 1989, Busch’s teams have maintained a steady presence in the nation’s Top 10. His women’s team has had Top-10 finishes in each of the last 15 years; including NCAA runner-up finishes in both 1998 and 2000.


The Arizona men have been in the Top 10 in 12 of the last 16 years, including a current streak of eight Top-10 finishes.  Arizona’s women also won a conference title in the highly competitive Pac-10 in 2000. Busch has led Arizona’s men on a climb through the national rankings as well, and in 1993, he was named the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year. He was also selected the Pac-10 Men’s Coach of the Year in 1993 and 2000.


In addition to his collegiate honors, Busch received the highest recognition of United States Swimming in 1998, when he was chosen the USA Swimming Coach of the Year. The United States Olympic Committee also bestowed its highest annual honor upon Busch, as he was selected the 1998 USOC National Coach of the Year. These honors followed a national championship season for Busch’s club affiliate, Hillenbrand Aquatics.

In each of the last 15 seasons, Arizona swimming and diving has produced at least one individual NCAA champion, and during that stretch, the program also posted nine national champion relays. In all, the Arizona women have accumulated 284 individual All-America honors, 73 All-America relay performances, 33 Pac-10 titles and 22 NCAA titles during Busch’s
tenure. The Wildcat men have been equally impressive under Busch, with 220 individual All America honors, 73 All-America relay performances, 34 Pac-10 titles and 18 NCAA titles.

Now in his 37th year as a swimming coach, Busch came to Arizona from the University of Cincinnati, where he was head coach from 1980-89. While there, He was honored twice as the Metro Conference Women’s Coach of the Year. The Bearcat men broke into the Top 20, and the women finished as high as 13th at the NCAA Championships.


Busch began his coaching career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Edgewood, Ky. He took his first full-time position as head coach of the Northern Kentucky Piranhas age group and senior programs from 1974-78. Busch was an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Marlins from 1979-80, where he instructed current Arizona assistant coach Greg Rhodenbaugh. The Marlins placed six swimmers on the 1980 Olympic team and broke three world records.


Busch truly believes in the concept of the ?'student-athlete’ and stresses work in the classroom, as well as in the pool. Each year since his arrival at Arizona, swimmers on both the men’s and women’s teams have earned Academic All-Pac-10 recognition. His teams’ grade-point averages are consistently among the best in the Wildcat athletic department, and during his time at Cincinnati, his teams’ GPAs exceeded 3.0 for eight straight years. In 1991, Steve Herron, an All-American distance swimmer for the Wildcats, was a Rhodes Scholar candidate.

Busch and his wife, Patty, have five children: Frank (30), a UA graduate and an attorney in Phoenix; Augie (29), a UA graduate and a current assistant coach with the Cats; Peter (26), a former UA swimmer and now a reporter for Tucson’s NBC affiliate, KVOA; Molly (24), a UA graduate working in Los Angeles; and Sam (22), a senior at the UA.

Frank Busch’s Career Honors:
NCAA co-Men’s Coach of the year

Pac-10 Women’s Coach of the Year
NCAA Women’s Coach of the year
Pac-10 Women’s Coach of the year
U.S. Olympic Women’s Assistant Coach
World Championships Coach
Pac-10 Men’s Coach of the Year
Pac-10 Women’s Coach of the Year
Pan-Pacific Games Coach
USA Swimming Coach of the Year
U.S. Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year
World Championships Coach
Pac-10 Women’s Coach of the Year
Pan-Pacific Games Head Coach
NCAA Coach of the Year
Pac-10 Men’s Coach of the Year
World University Games Coach
Pac-10 Women’s Coach of the Year

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