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"Jack Bauerle is the consummate team coach. What he has done at the University of Georgia represents the pinnacle of team swimming, which is what the U.S. Olympic Team is all about. He brings a fun approach to the sport."
USA Swimming's Mark Schubert used those words when he announced that Bauerle had been chosen as the head coach of the United States' women's swimming team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. For Bauerle, the Olympic appointment became the crowning moment of his career.
Bauerle has had unparalleled success in and out of the pool at Georgia, highlighted by four team national championships with the Lady Bulldogs. Under Bauerle's watch, individual national and Southeastern Conference champions, All-Americans, record-setters, Academic All-Americans and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients have become the norm.
In his stint overseeing Georgia's program (not to mention his time as a Georgia swimmer himself and assistant coach), Bauerle has produced four team national championships and eight SEC crowns with the Lady Bulldogs. He has been chosen as the SEC Coach of the Year 15 times and the National Women's Coach of the Year five times.
Bauerle will pilot the Georgia women for the 34th year and the men for the 30th in 2012-13. He has led the Lady Bulldogs to 277 dual-meet victories, four national championships and nine SEC titles during his tenure. Counting his 194 wins as the Bulldogs' coach, Bauerle has an overall record of 471-116-2. He will enter the season as the nation's winningest active coach, the winningest coach in SEC history and the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA history.
In 2012, Bauerle guided the Lady Bulldogs to their seventh NCAA runner-up finish and their ninth SEC title. The Lady Bulldogs had one individual and one relay winner at the NCAAs, while the Bulldogs boasted two individual titles. Additionally, 13 swimmers (representing eight nations) with ties to the Georgia program competed in the Olympics, highlighted by Allison Schmitt's five medals, including three golds, and Shannon Vreeland's gold medal.
Away from the pool, Wendy Trott continued Georgia's stellar academic success as she was chosen as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
At the 2008 Olympics, the United States women, under Bauerle's watch, earned a total of 14 medals (two golds, seven silvers, five bronze), the most of any nation. Two of his pupils, Kara Lynn Joyce and Schmitt, were included in the medals haul as Joyce won two silvers and Schmitt secured a bronze. Bauerle's handiwork was on display as 12 athletes and coaches from his Georgia program joined him in Beijing.
Georgia can claim one achievement that no other collegiate sports program can - three NCAA Woman of the Year Award winners in Lisa Coole (1997), Kristy Kowal (2000) and Kim Black (2001). Georgia is the only program in the nation to have more than one winner - and Bauerle has coached all three.
Over the past two years, Bauerle has been inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquatics Hall of Fame and the Montgomery County (Pa.) Coaches Hall of Fame. He also received the Bill Hartman Award, which is one of the highest honors given to a former UGA student-athlete based on 20 years of excellence in his profession.
Besides coaching, Bauerle has dedicated his time and efforts to several community service endeavors. In 1983, Bauerle and three partners played 125 hours of tennis at the Jennings Mill Country Club to raise more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society. He received the Billy Hudson Distinguished Citizen Award from the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America for his community service efforts. Bauerle has been selected to Sphinx Club, Blue Key Society, the Gridiron Society and Phi Kappa Phi. He is also an avid outdoorsman.
Bauerle, a native of Glenside, Pa., has three sons: John, Magill (who is named after legendary Georgia tennis coach and swimming letterman Dan Magill) and Duke.
Georgia Women (1979-Present)
Georgia Men (1983-Present)