Mark Schubert Named U.S. Women's Swimming Head Coach At 2004 Olympics
Feb. 10, 2003
USC 11th-year men's and women's swimming head coach Mark Schubert was selected as the women's head coach for the United States swim team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, USA Swimming announced today.
This is Schubert's third U.S. Olympic head coaching assignment. He directed America's men's team in 2000 and its women's team in 1992. It is also Schubert's seventh consecutive Olympic coaching position.
Texas head coach Eddie Reese was selected as the U.S. men's coach.
'These are two of our premier coaches in the country,' said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming Executive Director. 'They have a wealth of experience and are perfectly suited to lead our athletes at the 2004 Olympic Games.'
Schubert has placed 28 swimmers on Olympic teams during his 32-year coaching career. They have won a combined 18 gold medals and eight silver medals.
'I was really shocked (to be offered the position), but very happy,' Schubert said. 'This women's team is going to be spectacular and I'm excited to be a part of it. Even if I was just there to carry the Gatorade buckets, I'd be happy to be there. Going back to Athens, the original Olympic city, is going to be a great experience.'
At the 2000 Olympics, the men's team, under Schubert, won 17 medals, including seven gold.
In 1999, USA Swimming, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the American Swimming Coaches Association named Schubert Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1997.
The Olympic head coaches are selected by the USA Swimming National Team Selection Committee, which is made up of coach and athlete representatives. Reese and Schubert will select their assistant coaches at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, July 7-14, in Long Beach, Calif.