Entering his third year as assistant coach of the Wildcats is Augie Busch, son of head coach Frank Busch. He is the program’s recruiting coordinator and works primarily with middle distance and distance freestyle events.
Busch, 29, came to Arizona after a two-year stint as an assistant women’s swimming coach at the University of Arkansas. In his ladt season, the Lady Razorbacks finished 31st at the 2003 NCAA Championships.
Prior to his time at Arkansas, Busch served as the head swimming coach at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson from 1999-2000. He got his start in coaching in 1996 as an assistant coach for the Hillenbrand Aquatics club team, now called Ford Aquatics. Busch was also a volunteer assistant with the University of Arizona swimming program from 1998-2001, and he was head of a summer league program, Sabino Vista Hills, during the same years.
Busch began his collegiate studies at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a two-year letterwinner on the men’s volleyball team in 1995 and 1996. He then returned to Tucson and completed his degree at the UA.
A native of Tucson, Busch was an all-state volleyball player and swimmer at Salpointe Catholic HS, where he also played basketball.
Busch earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in December of 1998. He minored in Spanish, a language which he speaks fluently.