HEAD COACH MIKE BOTTOM
Honors & Accomplishments
Led Michigan to one NCAA title (men: 2013), nine Big Ten titles (men: 2009, 2011-16; women: 2016-17) and 10 top-10 NCAA finishes (men: 2009-15, 2018; women: 2016, 2018)
Six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (Men: 2011-15; Women: 2018) and 2013 CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year
Has coached eight national champions (seven individual, one relay), 114 Big Ten individual or relay champions and 48 CSCAA All-Americans
Coached at the last six Olympics; served as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Games in Rio
University of Michigan -- Head Coach, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving (2013-Present)
University of Michigan -- Head Coach, Men's Swimming and Diving (2008-12)
University of California-Berkeley -- Co-Head Coach, Men's Swimming and Diving (1997-2008)
University of Southern California -- Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving (1994-97)
Auburn University -- Assistant Coach, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving (1991-94)
Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
World University Games (USA, Head Coach: 2013, 2015)
FINA World Championships (USA, Assistant Coach: 2009, 2013; Yemen, Head Coach: 2017)
B.S., Psychology, University of Southern California (1978)
M.S., Counseling Psychology, Auburn University (1993)
Completed course work for Ph.D. in sport psychology
Bottom is in his 10th year at Michigan, the last six coming as the head coach of both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams.
In his ten years at the helm of the men's team, Bottom is 83-5-1 in dual meets (52-3 in the Big Ten) with one NCAA title (2013), seven Big Ten titles (2009, 2011-16) and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and four consecutive top-five finishes from 2012-15. He is a five-time Big Ten Men's Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-15) and was named CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year in 2013. During his tenure, Bottom has coached the men's swimmers to a total of eight national titles (seven individual, one relay), and has produced 96 Big Ten individual or relay titles and 39 CSCAA All-Americans. In Bottom's tenure, a Michigan swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year seven times: Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012), Connor Jaeger (2013-14), Dylan Bosch (2015) and Felix Auböck (2017).
In six years overseeing the women's team, Bottom has completely transformed the culture, rebuilding the program from the ground up. The Wolverines had one of their best seasons in history in 2018, going undefeated in dual meets (10-0), winning their third consecutive Big Ten title by 235.5 points and finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships, the program's highest finish in 22 years. Following the season, Bottom was named 2017-18 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year. Under Bottom, the women's team is 43-13 in dual meets (31-6 in the Big Ten). They made steady progress in the national ranks, going from 36th in 2013 (Bottom's first year) to 10th in 2016. All 18 short course (yards) swimming records have gone down since Bottom took over, including 12 in 2018. In his six years with the women's team, Bottom has coached nine CSCAA All-Americans (individual) and 18 Big Ten individual or relay champions.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams have also excelled in the classroom under Bottom's watch. For the 2017-18 academic year, 49 student-athletes (75 percent of the roster) earned the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award, an honor that requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Of those 49, 32 were Academic All-Big Ten, four more than in 2016-17. In ten years, Bottom has coached five Academic All-Americans (PJ Ransford in 2016 and 2017, Justin Glanda and Richard Funk in 2015, Courtney Beidler in 2014, Connor Jaeger in both 2013 and 2014) and four Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients (PJ Ransford in 2018, Justin Glanda in 2015, John Wojciechowski in 2014, Dan Madwed in 2012).
Bottom has over two decades of international coaching experience and has coached athletes at the last six Olympics, including a stint as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Games in Rio. Several current and former student-athletes achieved their Olympic dreams under Bottom's guidance at Michigan, including medalists Tyler Clary (2012; USA), Connor Jaeger (2012, 2016; USA) and Charlie Houchin (2012; USA), while also supervising Dylan Bosch (2016; South Africa), Anders Lie Nielsen (2012, 2016; Denmark) and brothers Miguel and Bruno Ortiz (2016; Spain). Among Bottom's non-Michigan Olympics include 10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. (USA), a 10-time Olympic medalist; Duje Draganja (Croatia), the silver medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in 2004; and Anthony Ervin (USA), a gold medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in both 2000 and 2016. In the three Olympics from 1996-2004, nine of the 18 medals awarded in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles were won by Bottom's swimmers.
In addition to his Olympic résumé, Bottom has twice served as head men's swimming coach at the World University Games (2013, 2015). He's also been an assistant coach at two FINA World Championships (2009, 2013) and coached Mokhtar Al-Yamani (Yemen) at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Prior To Michigan
Bottom spent 10 seasons (1997-2007) at California, serving as co-head coach of the men's team alongside Thornton. Prior to moving to Cal, he spent four years as the Southern California men's and women's assistant coach (1994-97), helping the women's team to its first NCAA championship in 1997. Bottom began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant with the Auburn men's and women's squads, coaching with David Marsh for four seasons (1991-94). Outside the collegiate ranks, Bottom spent nearly a decade with The Race Club in Tavernier, Fla., serving as head coach of the World Team, its elite level training group.
Following the 1980 Olympic boycott, Bottom spent 10 years in the business world, including positions with Pacific Bell in San Ramon, Calif., as a systems analyst (1984-90), and with Utah International, Inc., in San Francisco as an internal controls analyst (1982-84).
Since 1987, Bottom has directed BottomLine Aquatics, a start-up company dedicated to promoting health and growth in individuals of all ages. Initiatives range from after-school care programs for children ages 4-11, fundraisers, and instructional classes for beginners to elite level swimmers.
Bottom swam collegiately at the University of Southern California (1975-77) where he won an NCAA title as part of the 400-yard medley relay team in 1976. He was a five-time All-American and four-time USA National Team member. Bottom earned a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that did not compete due to a boycott.
Bottom is a charter member of the American College Counseling Association, a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Swim Coaches Association and College Swim Coaches Association of America. He is also certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Bottom and his wife, Lauralyn, have three daughters: Dublyn, Macaiah and Breana.