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Mike Bottom is in his ninth year at the University of Michigan, overseeing both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs since the 2012-13 season. Prior to the program's combining, Bottom served as head coach for the men's swimming and diving team (2008-12).
In his eight years with the men, Bottom is 70-3-1 in dual meets (43-1 in the Big Ten), with one national championship (2013), seven Big Ten championships (2009, 2011-16) and seven top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including 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 88 Big Ten individual or relay titles and 35 NCAA All-Americans. Under Bottom's guidance, a Michigan swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in six of Bottom's eight years: Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012), Connor Jaeger (2013-14) and Dylan Bosch (2015).
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 Clary (USA), Jaeger (USA), Sean Ryan (USA), Charlie Houchin (USA), Bosch (South Africa) and Miguel and Bruno Ortiz (Spain).
Head Coach Mike Bottom
Mike Hilde recently concluded his second season as diving coach at the University of Michigan. He oversees both men's and women's divers. With an emphasis on platform diving and dryland training, the program has made significant strides in Hilde's first two years.
In 2016, Michigan had three women's divers at the NCAA Championships for the first time in 25 years. As a group, the women's divers scored 171 points at the Big Ten Championships, a monumental increase over the output from the previous year (19). Individually, Hilde coached Allie Murphy to a U.S. Olympic Diving Trials berth, becoming the first U-M women's diver to qualify since 1988. The previous year, Hilde tutored women's diver Carey Chen to an NCAA All-America honor on platform, becoming the women's program's first finalist on any diving discipline at the NCAA Championships in 19 years.
Diving Coach Mike Hilde
Dr. Josh White is in his tenth season on the Michigan coaching staff, serving the last five years as associate head coach for the men's program. The previous four years (2009-12), White was the assistant head coach for the men's team.
White has kept the strong tradition of distance swimming at Michigan alive. In his nine years, his distance swimmers have won 20 Big Ten individual titles across the distance freestyle events (200, 500, 1,650), with another eight coming on the 800-yard freestyle relay. The distance program was instrumental in helping Michigan win its national championship in 2013, as its swimmers held four of the top nine spots in the 1,650-yard freestyle and five of the top 16 spots in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships. One month earlier at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, Michigan placed 1-2-3-4 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 1-3-4-6-9 in the 500-yard freestyle and 1-2-3-4-6 in the 200-yard freestyle. Additionally, White tutored the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Connor Jaeger, Anders Lie Nielsen, Justin Glanda and Michael Wynalda to a then-NCAA record at the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
Two of White's swimmers -- Felix Auböck and PJ Ransford -- have finished runner-up in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships in two of the last three seasons. Both were NCAA All-Americans in 2017. Auböck was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2017, and recorded the second-fastest mile time in history at the NCAA Championships (14:22.88).
Beyond the NCAA, Michigan distance swimmers have achieved great international success, led by Jaeger, a two-time U.S. Olympian and 2016 silver medalist in the 1,500-meter freestyle. White coached four of the top nine milers at the 2012 US Olympic Trials and three of the top 11 in 2016. After his appearance at the 2012 Olympics in London, Jaeger vaulted to the top of the American distance swimming scene, winning three NCAA titles, five medals in international meets and setting American records in both the 1,500-meter freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle.
Associate Head Coach Josh White
Rick Bishop wrapped up his fourth season on the Michigan swimming coaching staff, mainly serving as the associate head coach for the women's swimming and diving team. In his tenure, Bishop has been instrumental in helping rebuild the women's program, culminating in a Big Ten title and top-10 national finish in 2016.
With Bishop's guidance, the women's program jumped 26 spots at the NCAA Championships in three seasons, going from 36th in 2013 to 10th in 2016. In 2015-16, Bishop's swimmers won seven Big Ten individual or relay titles, set 12 short course program records and claimed seven NCAA All-America honors (five individual, two relay). The Wolverines scored more points in four days (150) than in the last five NCAA Championships combined (108).
Associate Head Coach Rick Bishop
Kristy Brager is in her first season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan swimming and diving program. She joined the staff in Sept. 2016 after a four-year stint at the University of Iowa.
At Iowa, Brager worked closely with the breaststroke and individual medley swimmers and served as the recruiting coordinator for the women's team. Several swimmers excelled under Brager's watch: Emma Sougstad earned a Top 50 world ranking in the 50-meter breaststroke and set four individual school records, while Roman Trussov was a three-time individual qualifier for the NCAA Championships and was runner-up in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Additionally, both swimmers were NCAA All-America honorable mentions in 2016.
Assistant Coach Kristy Brager
Sam Wensman is in his second season as assistant coach for the University of Michigan men's and women's swimming and diving programs. Prior to 2016-17, Wensman spent three years (2014-16) as the volunteer assistant coach and two years (2012-13) as a program assistant. He also coached professional swimmers with Club Wolverine Elite leading into the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
In his first year as a full-time assistant, Wensman worked closely with the men's middle distance breaststroke group, helping guide Chris Klein to a B1G Ten runner up finish in the 200-yard breaststroke and Jacob Montague to an CSCAA All-America Honorable Mention in the 200-yard breaststroke. In July 2017, Wensman coached Felix Auböck at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, guiding the Austrian to finals berths in the 400- and 800-meter freestyles.
Wensman, a native of Durham, N.H., was a four-year letterwinner for the Wolverines, swimming from 2008-11 and specializing in the breaststroke. During his tenure, Wensman helped Michigan win three Big Ten titles (2008-09, 2011) and finish among the top 10 at the NCAA Championships all four years.
Wensman graduated from Michigan in 2011 with a degree in sport management.
Assistant Coach Sam Wensman
Jamie Bissett is in his first year as a volunteer assistant for the University of Michigan men's and women's swimming and diving program. He will assist Mike Hilde with the men's and women's divers.
Bissett attended Purdue University where he was a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier, earning NCAA All-America honors on platform in 2015. He is a member of the 2016 Canadian Senior National Team, and is a two-time Canadian national champion on three-meter. He also competed at the 2012 and 2016 Canadian Olympic Diving Trials.
Volunteer Assistant (Diving) Jamie Bissett
Dr. Kosuke Kojima is in his first year as the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Michigan men's and women's swimming and diving program. He comes to Michigan after spending eight years as the head coach of the Counsilman Center Swim Team in Bloomington, Indiana.
Kojima recently received his Ph.D. in Human Performance from Indiana University, graduating in the summer of 2017, and has contributed to several research publications. He has two masters degrees -- one in exercise physiology from Indiana University and one in exercise and sports science from Tokyo Metropolitan University.
Volunteer Assistant (Swimming) Dr. Kosuke Kojima
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