Bottom Named to U.S. Coaching Staff

Nov. 4, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - California men's swimming co-head coach Mike Bottom was named an assistant men's coach to USA Swimming's team that will compete at the 2006 Short Course World Championships April 5-9 in Shanghai, China. The ninth-year Cal coach was previously a U.S. assistant coach during the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Bottom is no stranger to the international scene, having coached various U.S. and foreign swimmers to success at the Olympics, World Championships, NCAA Championships and other competitions. He coached U.S. swimmer Gary Hall, Jr., and former Golden Bear Duje Draganja of Croatia to a 1-2 finish in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics and coached Hall and former Golden Bear Anthony Ervin to a tie for the gold medal in the 50 free at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Under Bottom's mentoring, Draganja also won two individual titles (100-yard butterfly and 100 free) and was a member of three winning relays (200- and 400-free relays and the 200-medley relay) at the 2005 NCAA Championships. At the 2002 European Championships, he coached former Bear Gordan Kozulj (Croatia) to the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke and coached former Bear and current Cal volunteer assistant coach Bart Kizierowski (Poland) to the gold medal in the 50 free.

A former Olympic team member and USC All-American, Bottom was a member of three of the Trojans' NCAA Championship teams from 1975-77. He later coached the USC women to their first NCAA title in 1997.

The sixth-ranked Bears currently have a 2-0 dual-meet record and next compete at the Stanford Triple Distance meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Stanford. Cal's next dual meet is its home opener against Pacific at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

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