Coach Mark Schubert



2003 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

Accomplishments:

• Five time ASCA Coach of the Year
• 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996 Olympic Games: Assistant Coach
• 1992 Olympic Games: Women’s Head Coach
• Coach of ten Olympic Champions
• Coach of 22 Olympic Swimmers
• Coach of six World Record Holders
• 1978, 1986, 1991, 1994 World Championships: Assistant Coach
• 1982 World Championship: Head Coach
• Coach of nineteen World Championship Swimmers
• Coach of 65 US National Championship Teams
• Coach of two Women’s NCAA Championship Teams
• Coach of twelve NCAA Champions
• 1990 NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year
 
Coach Dick Wells first introduced swimming to Coach Mark Schubert at Harvey S. Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio, where, as a student, Mark swam the breaststroke and played trombone in the band. He attended Kentucky on a swimming scholarship, but served as assistant coach his last two years before working as swimming coach and teacher in the Cuyahoga Falls School District, Ohio for one year (1971-72).
 
In 1972, at the age of 23, he was offered the co-head coaching position with the Mission Viejo Nadadores Swim Team in California, directing a program of 55. The program grew to over 500 swimmers of all ages and abilities by 1985. Between 1972 and 1985 he amassed an AAU and USS Club National Championship record that proceeded to break Hall of Fame Coach George Haines’ Santa Clara Swim Club record of 43 national team championships. Mission Viejo won 44 team titles including 18 women’s team championships, 8 men’s team championships and 18 combined team championships.
 
While at Mission Viejo, his swimmers won 124 individual national championships, ten Olympic gold medals, six Olympic silver medals, one Olympic bronze medal, five individual World Championship titles, 88 American records and set 21 world records, all within a 13 year period. Schubert was named American Swimming Coaches Association, National Coach of the Year for 1975, 1976 and 1981. In 1981, for the first time in the history of swimming, his team captured all national team titles in one year, six team titles (men/women/combined), plus 15 individual national titles and 9 American records. One of his teams scored a record 1255 total points in the Nationals. His team competed internationally in Japan, Russia and other countries, conducting clinics and good will. If you add up the results of his swimmers competing in the 1979 Pan American Games, Mission Viejo would have finished 5th as a country.
 
In 1985, Coach Schubert moved from one Mission to another, directing the training and coaching of the Mission Bay Makos Swim Team in Boca Raton, Florida. During his three years there, his teams won another nine national team titles and placed three swimmers on the 1988 US Olympic Team, winning a silver medal.
 
In 1989 Coach Schubert moved to the college coaching ranks as the University of Texas women’s coach, winning two NCAA Championships during his four year tenure. His Longhorn swimmers won 12 NCAA individual and eight relay titles, and Coach Schubert was named 1990 NCAA Coach of the Year. As head coach of the Texas Aquatics Team during that time, his teams won another 10 USS national team titles. Then he was back to California, taking the reins of the women’s and men’s team from retired Hall of Fame coach Peter Daland at the University of Southern California.
 
Coach Schubert has placed 22 swimmers on US Olympic teams, winning twelve gold, seven silver and one bronze medal. They have broken 21 world records, 97 American records and have won 160 US national individual titles with 65 national team titles.
 
Coach Schubert has served on various USS administrative committees including Steering, Olympic Operations and Technical Planning as well as the ASCA Board of Directors and the College Swim Coaches Association of America Vice President.