Missouri hires new swimming coach

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | 9:33 p.m. CDT; updated 10:14 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Longtime University of Arizona assistant Greg Rhodenbaugh has been hired to take over the Missouri men's and women's swimming and diving programs.

Rhodenbaugh has spent the past 11 years as an assistant under legendary swimming coach Frank Busch at Arizona, where he has been the primary coach for the middle distance, stroke and individual medley events. During his tenure with the Wildcats, Rhodenbaugh has been a part of the 2008 men's and women's national championship teams, and coached many Olympic swimmers, including two-time gold medalist Amanda Beard, Ryan Berube, Ricardo Prado and Lars Frolander. He is a member of the U.S. Swimming National Team staff and traveled with the U.S. National Junior Team to Barcelona in 2000 as a staff member.

"This is a very exciting moment for my family and I," Rhodenbaugh said in a release. "We are very excited about being a part of the University of Missouri culture, and I firmly believe that the University of Missouri can be on the map in swimming and diving."

This will be Rhodenbaugh's second stint as a head coach, his first coming in 1988-89 at his alma mater of Southern Methodist, where he also swam and was a five-time All-American during a senior year where the Mustangs finished fifth at the 1984 national championships. After being an assistant for four years, Rhodenbaugh became the interim coach in 1988 where he was named the Southwest Conference's Co-Coach of the Year.


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