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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 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 12 SEC crowns with the Lady Bulldogs. He has been chosen as the SEC Coach of the Year 17 times (15 with the women, two with the men) and the National Women’s Coach of the Year six times.
Bauerle will pilot the Georgia women for the 37th year and the men for the 33rd in 2015-16. He has led the Lady Bulldogs to 301 dual-meet victories (joining Tom Groden of Boston College as the only members of the 300-wins club), six national championships and 12 SEC titles during his tenure. Counting his 213 wins as the Bulldogs’ coach, Bauerle has an overall record of 514-123-3. That figure ranks first all-time in the SEC, second among active coaches and fourth on the all-time list.
In 2013 and 2014, Bauerle’s Lady Bulldogs earned team titles at the NCAA and SEC Championships. The conference crown in 2015 gave Georgia its sixth straight, establishing the program’s high-water mark, and the Lady Bulldogs took second at the NCAAs. The Bulldogs came in second in the SEC (their best finish since 1998) and seventh at the NCAAs.
Outside the pool in 2015, Bauerle’s squads were just as impressive. Georgia had three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners, four Capital One Academic All-Americans and 22 CSCAA Scholar All-Americans. Maddie Locus was named the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports, Nicolas Fink was picked as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving, and Ty Stewart won the Elite 89 Award for the highest GPA at the NCAAs for the second straight year.
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.
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, the Georgia Aquatics and the Montgomery County (Pa.) Coaches halls 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., and his wife, Leanne, have three sons: John, Magill (who is named after legendary Georgia tennis coach and swimming letterman Dan Magill) and Duke.
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