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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 seven 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 seven team national championships and 12 SEC crowns with the Lady Bulldogs. He has been chosen as the SEC Coach of the Year 18 times (16 with the women, two with the men) and the National Women’s Coach of the Year seven times.
Bauerle piloted the Georgia women for the 37th year and the men for the 33rd in 2015-16. He has led the Lady Bulldogs to 310 dual-meet victories (joining Tom Groden of Boston College as the only members of the 300-wins club), seven national championships and 12 SEC titles during his tenure. Counting his 221 wins as the Bulldogs’ coach, Bauerle has an overall record of 531-124-3. That figure ranks first all-time in the SEC, second among active coaches and third on the all-time list.
Bauerle’s Lady Bulldogs capped the 2016 campaign with the program’s seventh NCAA title. He was chosen as the NCAA and SEC Coach of the Year and boasted NCAA winners Olivia Smoliga (50 and 100 freestyle), Brittany MacLean (200 freestyle) and the 800 freestyle relay. Georgia closed the regular season with its 100th consecutive victory at Gabrielsen Natatorium. That is an NCAA Division I swimming and diving record. Georgia is 101-1 all-time in Gabrielsen Natatorium.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bauerle served as an assistant men’s coach for the United States. Georgia also was represented by Americans Gunnar Bentz, Chase Kalisz, Jay Litherland, Hali Flickinger, Melanie Margalis, Allison Schmitt, Smoliga and Amanda Weir; Canadians Javier Acevedo, MacLean and Chantal Van Landeghem; and Finn Matias Koski. Moreover, diving coach Dan Laak was on the staff for Brazil and helped coach volunteer assistant Cesar Castro. Eight American swimmers at the Games was the high-water mark for the Georgia program. Georgia’s swimmers had an unprecedented medals haul as eight competitors earned nine medals, the highest totals in school history. Schmitt set school records for all sports with a career total of four golds and eight medals, while Kalisz became Georgia swimming’s first male medalist and Bentz became the first male gold medalist (and just the third overall in school history).
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.
In 2012, 13 swimmers (representing eight nations) with ties to the Georgia program competed in the Olympics, highlighted by 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, Leigh Ann, have three sons: John, Magill (who is named after legendary Georgia tennis coach and swimming letterman Dan Magill) and Duke.
Georgia Women (1979-Present)
• 7 NCAA Championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2016)
• 8 NCAA runner-up finishes (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
• 27 top-10 national finishes, including 20 in the top 5
• 12 SEC Championships (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2011,
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• 7-Time NCAA Coach of the Year (1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2016)
• 16-Time SEC Coach of the Year (1981, 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,
2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)
• 79 NCAA Championship titles (54 individuals, 25 relays)
• 160 All-Americans, earning 801 First-Team and 403 Honorable Mention certificates
• 160 SEC champions (114 individuals and 46 relays)
• Career record of 310-33-2
• 3 NCAA Woman of the Year honorees
• 25 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients
• 100 consecutive dual/tri meet wins at Gabrielsen Natatorium (NCAA record for S&D)
• 2-Time SEC Coach of the Year (1992, 1997)
• 19 NCAA Championship individual winners
• 15 top-10 national finishes
• 102 All-Americans, earning 185 First-Team and 422 Honorable Mention certificates
• 75 SEC individual champions
• Career record of 221-91-1
• 8 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients
• United States Women’s Head Coach for the 2008 Olympics
• United States Assistant Coach for the 2000 (women) and 2016 (men) 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, 2011 and 2015 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
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