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Frank Busch (USA)

2018 Paragon Award / Competitive Swimming


Frank Busch was the National Team Director for USA Swimming from 2011 through 2017. Prior to that appointment, Busch had a 31-year coaching career, leading his collegiate and club teams to national championships seasons.


Busch began his club-coaching career in Northern Kentucky in 1974 and his NCAA career at the University of Cincinnati in 1980. Subsequent to his hiring at the University of Arizona in 1989, Busch went on to win Division I titles at both Men and Women’s National Championships. His club

affiliate, Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics, also earned National Championship titles under his leadership.


During his coaching years, Busch was named to numerous coaching staffs for USA Swimming, including Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008. In addition to his contributions to American swimming, Busch has coached athletes from over a dozen other countries to international success.


Busch has been the recipient of multiple coaching awards including United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming Coach of the Year. He is a six-time NCAA Division I Coach of the Year and earned the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year award 11 times. He was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame in 2008.


As National Team Director, Busch was responsible for providing the overall vision and leadership for the USA’s top coaches and athletes. He was directly involved with developing talent, mentoring coaches, and managing international relations efforts. In London 2012, Busch led a successful campaign with 31 medals, and 33 medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016. In both of these summer games, USA Swimming’s success represented 30% of team USA’s total medal count.


Frank received his B.S. in Education from Loyola University in Chicago.

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