Coach Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman
Bob Bowman
Bob Bowman
Bob Bowman

2010 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Coach, Arizona State University

Coach Bowman is the third head coach in Arizona State University history to direct both the men and women’s swimming teams, and is the sixth head coach of the men’s program and the seventh of the women’s program.

Coach Bowman is the longtime coach of 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and has served as Assistant Coach in three different Summer Olympics, including 2004, 2008, and 2012. He was the U.S. Men’s Head Coach in the 2007, 2009, and 2013 FINA World Championships and was an Assistant at the 2011, 2003, 2005, and 2011 World Championships. His swimmers have set 43 world records and more than 50 American records under his guidance.

Coach Bowman is heavily involved in a number of community-driven swimming initiatives, including his work with the Michael Phelps Foundation and its signature program – im – that provides underserved children with water safety, recreational aquatic activities, and goal setting programming. The Michael Phelps Foundation, for which Bowman serves as a board member, currently implements the “im” program in 35 Boy & Girls Clubs of America in 29 states as well as 160 teams through the Special Olympics in 34 countries.

A 2010 inductee into the ASCA Hall of Fame, Coach Bowman is a five-time ASCA Coach of the Year and is the most-honored coach in the 40-plus years of the award. He has earned USA Swimming Coach of the Year honors six times, the USA Swimming Foundation’s Golden Goggle Award four times, and was the 2002 USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year.

Bowman most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer and Head Coach for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, where he oversaw a number of high-performance swimmers and Olympic medalists. In addition to Phelps, Bowman guided Allison Schmitt to five medals, including three gold, at the 2012 Olympics, and coached two-time national open water champion Becca Mann.

The Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008, Coach Bowman was the Head Coach for the Men’s Swimming and Diving program at the University of Michigan from 2005-08. He led the Wolverines to a top-eight finish nationally in all four years at University of Michigan, including sixth in 2005 and 2008, and guided them to the 2008 Big Ten Conference title. He coached three swimmers to six NCAA individual titles and put together a 30-8-1 record in dual meets, including a 21-1-1- mark against conference opponents.

A native of Columbia, S.C., Bowman graduate from Florida State with a Bachelor of Science degree in developmental psychology and a minor composition in 1987. He swam for the Seminoles from 1983 to 1985 and was a team captain in his final season.

  • Six-time USA-Swimming Coach of the Year
  • Five-time ASCA Coach of the Year
  • 2002 USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year