Faculty

Coach Bob Bowman
North Baltimore Aquatic Club

Bob Bowman became Head Coach and CEO of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club on September 1, 2008 . Six of Bowman's swimmers competed in the Beijing Olympic Games with three winning gold medals. Michael Phelps swam to Olympic history by winning 8 gold medals and became the most successful athlete ever at the games by amassing a career total of 14 golds. Peter Vanderkaay (gold 4 x 200 relay, bronze 200 free) Erik Vendt( gold 4 x 200 relay) and Allison Schmitt(bronze 4 x 200 relay) were medal winners as well.

Bowman coached swimmers have set 34 world records and over 50 American records. He has coached 10 individual swimmers to 51 US national championships as well as leading Club Wolverine to 10 US national team titles during his tenure. Prior to returning to Baltimore, Bowman was the Head Men's Swimming Coach at the University of Michigan and the Head Coach for Club Wolverine. He has been named National Coach of the Year by the American Swimming Coaches Association (2001,2003,2007,2008) and USA Swimming (2001,2002,2003,2007,2008).

Bowman concluded his final season at U-M by guiding the Wolverines to the 2008 Big Ten Conference title and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA National Championships. In four seasons, he compiled a 30-8-1 record in dual meets, including a 21-1-1 mark against Big Ten opponents.

Three Michigan swimmers won individual NCAA titles in back to back fashion. Peter Vanderkaay 500 free (2005-2006), Davis Tartwater 200 fly( 2005-2006), and Alex Vanderkaay 400 IM (2007-2008) all repeated as NCAA Champions.

The Wolverines finished among the top eight nationally all four years during Bowman's tenure, including sixth-place finishes in 2005 and '08. At the Big Ten Championships, U-M finished third in 2005 and 2006, missed capturing the Big Ten title by just four points in 2007, and improved on that runner-up finish by winning the 2008 championship in front of a home crowd at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor. Twice Bowman earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors (2007 co-recipient, 2008).

In February 2006, USA Swimming named Bowman the Team USA head coach for the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. He has also served as an assistant coach on the U.S. staff at the 2004 and '08 Olympic Games, and 2001, '03 and '05 World Championships. In 2006 and '07, he coached Michigan's club team, Club Wolverine, to the U.S. Summer National’s team title.
Prior to coaching at Michigan, Bowman was named an assistant coach on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, serving as the primary coach for Michael Phelps. At the 2004 Games, Bowman helped Phelps to an Olympic record eight medals, including six gold and two bronze. Four years later, he coached Phelps to his historic run of eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Bowman previously spent nine years at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Baltimore, Md. He was the High Performance Coach from 1999-2004, working directly with the senior elite performance group. Under his tutelage at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Phelps won five World Championship gold medals and was named the American Swimmer of the Year in 2001 and '03. Bowman also held the position of Senior Coach at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club from 1996-99. During his tenure in Baltimore, Bowman helped produce three individual national champions, 10 national finalists and five U.S. National Team members.

From 1994-96, Bowman served as Head Coach for the Napa Valley swim team. There he was responsible for an elite senior program including U.S. National 'A', 'B' and Junior Team members. Under Bowman's watch, Napa Valley won six gold, two silver and two bronze medals in international competition.

Bowman was also the head coach and Program Director for the Birmingham Swim League from 1992-94. There he was responsible for program design, staff development and daily operation of a 250-member club. Under his supervision, BSL improved to a top five program regionally after finishing out of the top 20 the previous 10 years.

Prior to his position at BSL, Bowman held assistant coaching positions with the Napa Valley swim team (1991-92), Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins (1990-91) and the Las Vegas Gold swim team (1988-90).
In 1986-87, Bowman was the head age group coach at the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Florida State. At FSU, he worked closely with the recruiting coordinator and helped develop a system of feedback and information for all practice and competitive results.

Bowman swam for the Seminoles from 1983-85, serving as a team captain in his final year. Bowman graduated from Florida State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Music Composition in 1987