Arizona's Frank Busch Named To US Olympic Team Coaching Staff

July 15, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona's head swimming coach Frank Busch has been named an assistant coach that will serve on the staff of the women's US Olympic team at the 28th summer games in Athens, Greece, in August.

Busch, the 2004 NCAA and Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year, was selected by the US Olympic team head coach Mark Schubert to help represent the United States at the summer games in Europe. Busch will join Arizona and USA softball head coach Mike Candrea and a host of current and former student-athletes with Arizona ties in Athens next month.

'This is a great honor, not only for Frank, but for the University of Arizona as well,' athletic director Jim Livengood said. 'I personally believe Frank to be the top coach in the nation and he will serve the United States, Arizona and the Tucson community well in Athens.'

While the Olympic coaching position is a first for Busch, he is no stranger to international swimming. Named the 1998 US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming Coach of the Year, he served as the head coach for the United States at the 1997 Pan-Pacific Games, as well as on the coaching staffs of the 1999 Pan-Pacific team, the World University Games in 1993 and at the World Championships in 1998 and 2003.

University of Arizona and the Summer OlympicsMen's BasketballRichard Jefferson - United StatesSwimmingFrank Busch - Asst. Coach, United StatesAmanda Beard - United StatesRick DeMont - Asst. Coach, South AfricaRyk Neethling - South AfricaRoland Schoeman - South AfricaLynden Ferns - South AfricaSimon Burnett - Great BritainEric LaFleur - Sweden (Currently in trials in an attempt to make the team)DivingClaire Febvay - FranceTrack and FieldChima Ugwu - NigeriaDominic Johnson - St. LuciaAlexandra Komnos - GreecePatrick Nduwimana - BurundiAbdi Abdirahman - United States*Angel Perkins - Advanced to semifinals of 400m (will take place Thursday, July 15)*Brianna Glenn - Advanced to final of long jump (will take place Thursday, July 15)*Sharifa Jones - Advanced to final of long jump (will take place Thursday, July 15)                 Will compete in quarterfinals of 100-meter hurdles (Saturday, July 17)*Doug Reynolds - Will compete in discus qualifying round (Friday, July 16)*Andrea Dutoit - Will compete in pole vault qualifying round (Friday, July 16)*Amy Linnen - Will compete in pole vault qualifying round (Friday, July 16)*Connie Jerz - Will compete in pole vault qualifying round (Friday, July 16)*Denotes is currently at the US Track and Field Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif.SoftballMike Candrea - Head Coach, United StatesJennie Finch - United StatesLovie Jung - United StatesLeah O'Brien-Amico - United StatesNicole Giordano - Alternate, United States