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Augie Busch enters his eighth year as an assistant coach of the Wildcats. He works primarily with the backstroke and individual medley swimmers, while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Busch, 34, came to Arizona after a two-year stint as assistant women's swimming coach at the University of Arkansas. In 2003, his final season in Fayetteville, Busch helped guide the Lady Razorbacks to 15 of 18 school records and a 31st place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to his tenure 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 known as Ford Aquatics. Busch was also a volunteer assistant with the UA program from 1998-2001, and he was head coach of a high-profile summer league program, Sabino Vista Hills, during those same years.
On the pool deck, Busch has earned a reputation for his sophisticated knowledge of swimmers' technique. Through his detailed approach, he has coached athletes that have consistently added to Arizona's impressive list of All-Americans, NCAA champions, and NCAA record holders. In his eight seasons at Arizona, Busch's training group has produced 15 individual All-Americans, including two NCAA champions.
Busch has also had a significant impact on the team's success through his role as recruiting coordinator. His commitment to this important facet of the job has helped establish Arizona Swimming as a top-tier collegiate swim program. Since joining the staff, he has led efforts in securing commitments from several of the nation's top prospects.
Busch began his collegiate studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a two-year letterwinner on the men's volleyball team. In 1996, he returned to Tucson and completed his degree at Arizona.
A native of Tucson, Busch was an all-state swimmer and volleyball player at Salpointe Catholic, where he also played basketball. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Arizona in December of 1998. He minored in Spanish, a language he speaks fluently.