bob groseth

2013 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

CSCAA / Northwestern University

Groseth began his coaching career in 1974 at Cincinnati, where he compiled a 21-9 record in three seasons. In 1977, he left for Tulane, where he led the Green Wave to a 4-6 dual-meet mark and second place at the Metro Seven Championship. Groseth accepted his first coaching position at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL, where his teams won seven consecutive Catholic League titles in addition to four National Catholic Championships. During his stay at Fenwick, Groseth produced 28 All-America swimmers. In 1982, he was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.

Prior to coming to Northwestern, Groseth coached 10 seasons at Iowa State, compiling a 46-42 dual-meet record. Under his tutelage, 16 Cyclone swimmers combined to win 41 Big Eight Conference championships. Groseth twice earned Big Eight Coach of the Year accolades.

A three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005 and 2007, Groseth began his coaching duties at Northwestern in 1989, taking over a team that finished last in the Big Ten in each of the 11 seasons prior to his arrival. During his tenure Groseth has built the Wildcats into a contender, finishing in the upper half of the conference in seven-consecutive years from 2001-07, including a third-place effort in 2004.

Groseth was named the NCAA Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 in the midst of an on-going string of nine-straight NCAA appearances from 2001-09. Overall, he led Northwestern to 12 NCAA Championships berths — all since 1995. In fact, only twice after that year have the Wildcats failed to place a swimmer in the NCAA meet under Groseth. In 35 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Groseth has produced more than 65 swimmers who have participated at the NCAA Championships, including world record-setter Scott McCadam, World Games gold medalist Eric Hansen, four-time World Games medalist Matt Grevers and NCAA record holders Grevers, Alexandrov, Bruno Barbic and Kyle Bubolz.

Groseth has long been a respected coach on the national level. In 1992, he instructed some of the nation’s top distance swimmers at the US national distance camp. In 1993, he took the US Junior National Team to compete in Paris, France, and in 2007 was an assistant coach with the USA’s World University Games team.

Groseth has been honored multiple times by his peers for his coaching acumen. He received the Richard E. Steadman Award after the 2001-02 season from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). He was the recipient of the ASCA “Bob Ousley” Award for contributions to the sport in 2003 and won the John Newman Award for contributions to Illinois Swimming in 2008.

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