Michigan in the Olympics


Olympic Coaches and Administrators

Richard Barker 1928 U-M's first official wrestling cocach, 1923-19225, Barker was an assistant trainer for the U.S. wrestling team in Amsterdam.

Mike Bottom 2008, 2012, 2016 UM Swimming coach 2009- . Bottom misssed his chance to participate in the Olympics when the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow games. He has since made his mark as coach. Bottom coached the 2008 Croatian swimming team that included his former California swimmer Duje Draganja. Bottom had also coached individuals at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. From the 1996-2004 Olympiads, nine of the 18 medals awarded in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events were won by Bottom's swimmers. In 2012 Bottom coached the Serbian swimming team. Bottom was an assistant coach on the 2016 U.S. team.

Bob Bowman 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 UM swimming coach, 2004-2008, Bowman was twice an assistant coach for the U.S. swimming team. First as coach of the Baltimore Aquatic Club and then at UM, Bowman guided the development of Olympian Michael Phelps in his attempts to surpass Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals. Bowman served as special assistant coach for the 2012 games. Hewas the head coach for the U.S. men's team in 2016.

Don Canham 1956 U of M track coach Don Canham was in Melbourne as coach of a combined African team as part of a U.S. State Department program.

Arnett Chilsom 2008, 2016 Long-time volunteer assistant men's track coach, perosnal coach for hurdler Jeff Porter

Taylor Drysdale 1956 Drysdale, a member of the 1936 Olympic team, served as assistant manager of the U.S. swim team.

Steve Farrell 1924 U-M Track coach, 1913-1929, served as an assistant track coch for U.S. team that included U-M, medal winners DeHart Hubbard and James Brooker

Keene Fitzpatrick 1900 Though not an official U.S. Olympic coach, there was not a centrally organized U.S. team at the 1900 games, UM track coach and athletic trainer Fitzpatrick accompanied the four UM student-Olympians to Paris.

Steve Fraser 2004, 2008, 2012 UM wrestling letterman 1977-1980 and  first U.S. gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984, head coach of the 2004, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team.

Bruce Gemmell 2016 UM swimming letterman, 1980-1983, assistant coach 1983/84. Coached at Delaware Swim Club and Nation's Capital Swim Club where he coached Katie Ledecky. Assistant coach with 2016 U.S. Swimming Team.

Greg Giovanazzi 1996 UM head volleyball coach Giovanazzi was an assistant coach for the U.S. volleyball team in Atlanta.

Lisa Hass 2008 U-M athletic trainer, volunteer trainer for rowing and triathletes.

James Henry 2016 U-M women's track coach, personal coach for hurdler Cindy Ofili who competed for Great Britain.

Mark Hill 2012 U-M assistant swimming coach, served as a coach for Ire lands's Olympic team.

Sperry Jones-Rademaker 1972 A competitor in 1968, Jones-Rademaker was an assistant coach for the U.S. Kayak team in 1972.

Mona Kanim 1996 An assistant UM volleyball coach, Kanim served as an assistant coach for the U.S. volleyball team.

Micki King Hogue 1988 Winner of the gold medal in the 3 meter event in 1972, King Hogue served as manager of the U.S. women's diving team for the Seoul Olympics.

Cliff Keen 1948 U of M wrestling coach Cliff Keen served as manager of the U.S. wrestling team London. Keen, who was an outstanding college wrestler at Oklahoma State, made the U.S. wrestling team in 1924, but a broken rib kept him out of the games. His replacement won a silver medal. Keen served on the U.S. Olympic committee from 1928 to 1952.

Stephanie Kerska 2016 Kerska competed for UM women's swimming, 1988-1990, and was an assistant coach 1997-2012. She was an assistant manager with the U.S. Swimmng team in Rio.

Dick Kimball 1964, 1980, 
1984, 1988 
UM diving coach Dick Kimball made his first appearance as U.S. diving coach in Tokyo. Wolverine Bob Webster won the gold medal for the U.S. in platform diving. Other Kimball trained Wolverines at the games were Alvaro Gaxiola of Mexico and John Candler of Great Britain. Kimball would serve as U.S.  head diving coach in 1980, 1984 and 1988. Sixteen of Kimball's Michigan divers competed in the Olympics, winning 4 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals. In addition, Kimball coached other Olympic qualifiers at his Kimball Divers Club, including gold medal winner Mark Lenzi.

Scott MacDonald 2008 UM Cross country and track, 1993-1997, manager of the Canadian track team.

Matt Mann 1952 Matt Mann was coach of the 1952 U.S. swimming team but only two of the five Wolverine Olympians at Helsinki were swimming for him. Mann coached the UM swimming team from 1926 to 1954. His UM squads compiled a 201-25-3 meet record and captured 16 Big Ten and 13 NCAA titles.  Eleven of Mann's Michigan swimmers participated in the Olympics. They won one individual gold medal, two gold as part of relay teams and three bronze medals.

Bill Martin 1995-2004 UM Athletic Director Bill Martin joined the board of directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1994 and became president of the USOC in 2000. During his tenure as president, Martin oversaw major reforms of the USOC's administrative structure and practices in wake of scandals surrounding the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and internal conflicts in the board. Martin's term expired in the summer of 2004.

Lindsy McLean 1976 UM head trainer for football and basketball, 1968-1979, was a trainer for the U.S. Olympic team in the Winter games at Innsbruck, Austria. He was selected for the honor by his colleagues in the Midwest Region of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Mike Murphy 1900 Mike Murphy, who had served as the first trainer/coach of the Michigan football team in 1892, was the unofficial coach of the U.S. track team in Paris. Head track coach at Penn and later at Yale where he trained many Olympians, Murphy was trainer for the 1908 Olympic track squad and would be involved with U.S. Olympic teams for many years.

Dick Papenguth 1952 UM swimming letterman in 1923 and 1925, Papenguth coached the U.S. women's team. Long-time coach at Purdue, Papenguth is credited as being "the first coach who worked college women hard" and coached many members of his Lafayette Swim Club to world records and national titles

Marcus Plant 1968 Marcus Plant, professor in the Law School, long-time faculty representative to the Big Ten Conference and a former president of the NCAA, served one four-year term on the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Keenan Robinson 2012, 2016 Robinson was trainer for U-M swimming under coach Bob Bowman. He was a trainer with the U.S. team in 2012 and 2016.

Doug Roby 1952-1986 In 1952 Douglas Roby began a 34 year tenure on the U.S. Olympic Committee. Roby played fullback on Fielding Yost's football team and outfield for Ray Fisher's baseball squad in 1921 and 1922. He served several terms on the UM Board in Control of Athletics and for two years was president of the National Amateur Athletic Union. Roby served as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee and for most of his time on the USOC was one of two U.S. representatives to the International Olympic Committee. At his death at age 94 in 1992, Roby was the oldest living U of M letterman.

Greg Ryan 2004 U-M women's soccer coach, 2008- , was an assistant coach for the gold medal winning U.S. women's soccer team in Athens.

Henry Schulte 1928 Schulte was an asssitant coach for the U.S. track team at Amsterdam. He played football for Fielding Yost, 1903-1905, then had a long career as track coach at Nebraska.

Harold Shapiro 2004 Former UM president Harold Shapiro was appointed to the USOC Board of Directors in Athens.

Gus Stager 1960 Successor to Matt Mann as UM swimming coach, Stager headed the U.S. swimming team in Rome that included two Wolverines. Dave Gillanders took third in the 200 meter breaststroke. Gillanders in the 400 meter medley relay and Bill Darnton in the 800 meter freestyle relay were part of record setting performances in the qualifying rounds and then watched as teammates lowered the records further in winning gold medals. Stager coached Joan Spillane at Michigan and saw her become the first UM woman gold medal winner as leadoff swimmer in the 400 meter freestyle relay. Stager coached 21 UM Olympians who won six gold and seven bronze medals.

Rudy Tomjanovich 2000 Rudy Tomjanovich, star forward for UM, 1968-1970, a 1970 All-American, NBA All-Star and coach of the NBA Houston Rockets, coached the heavily favored US basketball team. The U.S. won the gold medal as expected, but did have a few close games, beating Lithuania by just two points and Russia by five.

Jon Urbanchek 1984, 1988, 
1992, 1996, 
2000, 2004,
2008, 2012
UM swimming coach Jon Urbanchek's first Olympic experience came as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.  Urbanchek would be an assistant coach for the U.S. swimming team in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004, 2008 and 2012.  He doubled as an assistant coach coach for Peru's 1988 team at Seoul that included Wolverine Alex Alvizuri. A total of 31 of Urbanchek's Wolverines had participated in the Olympics. Eight of them won a total seventeen medals: seven gold, six silver and four bronze.

Mel Wakabayashi 1980 Mel Wakabayashi was the sole Michigan representative at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid. A Canadian of Japanese descent who skated on U-M's 1964 NCAA championship hockey team, Wakabayashi was coach of Japan's hockey squad.

Josh White 2012 U-M assistant swimming coach, coach for the Barbados swimming team.

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