Coach Bud McAllister

Bud McAllister
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Bud McAllister
Bud McAllister

ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: 2007

ASCA Coach of the Year: 1987, 1988

Coached at:

  • Mission Viejo from 1980-1984.
  • Coronado Swim Association from 1984-1985.
  • Fullerton Aquatics from 1985-1989.
  • Team Orlando Swim Club in 1989.
  • Class Aquatics from 1989-1993.
  • Golden West from 1993-1999.
  • Swimming Canada from 1999-2006.
  • British Swimming ITC – Swansea from 2007-2014.
  • Western Australia institute of Sport, from April 2014.

Top Swimmers

  • Janet Evans – 6 Individual World Records, 14 Individual National Titles, 2 National High School Records, 3 Olympic Gold Medals in 1988 Games with two of the greatest swims in history.
  • Kristine Quance – 6 Individual National titles and 2 National High School Records
  • Alexis Larsen – 1500 Free National Champion 1992, 400 WR! Seoul

Bud McAllister is best known for his success coaching world record-holder and distance legend Janet Evans in the late 1980s. McAllister was coaching the young star when she broke her first world records and won her first gold medals at the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. A two-time American Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year (1988, 1989), McAllister has guided his swimmers to total of five Olympic medals. He has served as a national team coach for both the USA and Canada, and in 2002, was named Canadian Coach of the Year. He is also a recipient of the ASCA Bronze Award, recognizing ten years of placing a swimmer in the finals at the USA Swimming National Championships.

McAllister began his coaching career as an assistant with the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Nadadores in 1980. In 1984, he took his first head coaching assignment with the Coronado Swim Club, also in California. In October of 1985, McAllister joined the staff at Fullerton Aquatics Swim Club where he coached Evans. After a brief stint with Team Orlando Swim Club, McAllister returned to California as head coach at CLASS Aquatics. There, he coached American record-holder Kristine Quance. He next served as head coach at Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach, California, before relocating to Canada to serve as head coach at the Kitchener-Waterloo National Swimming Centre.

A graduate of both Central Michigan University (bachelor’s) and the University of Arizona (master’s), McAllister’s swimmers have set six world records and two Olympic records. He has also guided his charges to 15 Pan Pacific medals, two Pan American medals, one World Championship medal and two Goodwill Games medals.