"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 six 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 six team national championships and 11 SEC crowns with the Lady Bulldogs. He has been chosen as the SEC Coach of the Year 16 times and the National Women's Coach of the Year six times.
With a Jan. 4, 2014, sweep of North Carolina State, Bauerle earned his 500th and 501st wins as Georgia's coach. By the end of the regular season, he had pushed to his total to 507 (297 with the women and 210 with the men). Bauerle is the winningest coach in SEC history, the second-winningest active coach and the sixth-winningest coach of all time.
In 2012, 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.
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)
6 NCAA Championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2013, 2014)
7 NCAA runner-up finishes (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012)
24 top-10 national finishes, including 19 in the top 5
11 SEC Championships (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
6-Time NCAA Coach of the Year (1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2013)
14-Time SEC Coach of the Year (1981, 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013)
74 NCAA Championship titles (50 individuals, 24 relays)
297 dual-meet wins
Three NCAA Woman of the Year honorees
22 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients
Georgia Men (1983-Present)
2-Time SEC Coach of the Year (1992, 1997)
16 NCAA Championship individual winners
20 top-15 national finishes, including 13 in the top 10
210 dual-meet wins
6 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients
United States Women's Head Coach for the 2008 Olympics
United States Assistant Coach for the 2000 Olympics
Personal Coach for the 2004 and 2012 Olympics
United States Head Coach for the 2003, 2005 and 2011 World Championships
United States Assistant Coach for the 2001 World Championships
United States Head Coach for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Duel In The Pool
Has coached at Pan Pacific Games, World University Games, United States National Team Camp, Elite Distance Camp and United States Olympic Festival