Former Georgia and United States Olympic swimming coach Bauerle retires – WSB-TV Channel 2

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Bulldogs Coaches Corner – Jack Bauerle Chuck talks to head swim coach Jack Bauerle about a special award, how long he plans to coach, and what he thinks of this year’s teams.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jack Bauerle, who won seven NCAA women’s tag team championships in his 43 years as Georgia’s swim coach, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Bauerle, 70, is the longest-serving coach in any sport in Georgia history. He coached the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic team to 14 medals. He was also an assistant for the USA team in 2000 and the men’s team in 2016 and 2020.

Bauerle has been involved in Georgian athletics for 50 years as an athlete and coach. He was named Women’s Coach in 1979 and added the Men’s Coach title in 1983.

Bauerle’s 43-year career tied former Louisiana State gymnastics coach Sara “DD” Breaux for the longest tenure of any coach in Southeastern Conference history.

Georgia women began a three-straight NCAA championship streak in 1999 and also won titles in 2005, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

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During Bauerle’s time as coach, Georgia produced 87 Olympians for 20 nations. These swimmers won 38 medals.

Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks said Bauerle’s retirement is “a bittersweet moment in the history of Georgia athletics.”

“Jack has been the foundation of the unprecedented success of our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program for half a century,” said Brooks.

Bauerle has been named SEC Coach of the Year 18 times, 16 of them as a women’s coach. He finished with an overall record of 595-139-4 with both women and men.

Three of Bauerle’s Georgian swimmers – Kristy Kowal, Lisa Coole and Kim Black – were named NCAA Woman of the Year.

Bauerle said he was unsure of his retirement plans, but “I will do something about it.”

“I’m going to miss being on deck every day, but I’m still proud of everything we’ve accomplished at the University of Georgia,” he said.

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