Frank Busch

Frank Busch - National Team Director

Frank BuschFrank Busch became the National Team Director for USA Swimming on May 1, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Busch had a 31-year coaching career, leading his collegiate and club teams to national championship seasons.


Under Busch’s leadership United States swimmers topped the medal table at the 2016 and 2012 Olympic Games and three straight long-course FINA World Championships, totaling 145 medals across these five major international events.

Team USA won 64 medals – 32 of them gold – over the past two Olympic Games, including 33 total medals last summer in Rio de Janeiro and 31 at the 2012 London Games. Over the past three long-course FINA World Championships, Team USA has combined for 81 medals, 38 of them gold.  

Busch began his club-coaching career in Northern Kentucky in 1974 and his NCAA career at the University of Cincinnati in 1980. Subsequent to his hiring at the University of Arizona in 1989, Busch went on to win Division I titles at both the Men’s and Women’s National Championships. His club affiliate, Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics, also earned national championship titles under his leadership.

During his coaching years, Busch was named to numerous coaching staffs for USA Swimming, including Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. In addition to his contributions to American swimming, Busch has coached athletes from over a dozen other countries to international success.

Busch has been the recipient of multiple coaching awards including United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming Coach of the Year. He is a 6-time NCAA Division I Coach of the Year and earned the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year award 11 times. He was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame in 2008.

As National Team Director, Busch is responsible for providing the overall vision and leadership for the USA’s top coaches and athletes. He will be directly involved with developing talent, mentoring coaches, and managing international relations efforts. 

Busch received a B.S. in education from Loyola University in Chicago. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Patty. They have 5 adult children.

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