Mike Bottom

Position
University of Michigan – Head Men's & Women's Coach
2017 Headliner for Elite Sprint Camp

As a co-founder of the Elite Sprint Camps, Mike Bottom, Head Coach at the University of Michigan, returns to Total Performance for his 21st year. Bottom is entering his ninth year at the University of Michigan, and his fourth year as the head coach of both the men's and women's programs.  Bottom is universally recognized as one of the best sprint coaches in the world. In 2016, his swimmer Paul Powers set a Big Ten record in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships (18.85), becoming only the second swimmer in conference history to break the 19-second barrier. He was also an NCAA All-American in that event for the second consecutive year. 

In his eight years with the men, Bottom is 70-3-1 in dual meets (43-1 in the Big Ten), with one national championship (2013), seven Big Ten championships (2009, 2011-16) and seven top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including four consecutive top-five finishes from 2012-15. He is a five-time Big Ten Men's Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-15) and was named CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year in 2013.

In four years with the women's team, Bottom has completely transformed the culture, rebuilding the program from the ground up. The 2015-16 season will go down as one of the best in recent memory, as the Wolverines captured its first Big Ten championship in 12 years, won seven Big Ten individual or relay titles, set 12 short course program records and qualified 12 student-athletes to the NCAA Championships. Under Bottom, Michigan has improved its team standing at the NCAA Championships in each year, going from 36th (2013) to 30th (2014) to 22nd (2015) to 10th (2016). Additionally, four different swimmers finished on the podium as NCAA All-Americans, the most in a single season since 1996.

Bottom has over two decades of international coaching experience and has coached athletes at the last six Olympics, including serving as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Games in Rio. Several current and former student-athletes achieved their Olympic dreams under Bottom's guidance at Michigan, including Clary (USA), Jaeger (USA), Sean Ryan (USA), Charlie Houchin (USA), Bosch (South Africa) and Miguel and Bruno Ortiz (Spain). Among Bottom's non-Michigan Olympics include 10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. (USA), a 10-time Olympic medalist; Duje Draganja (Croatia), the silver medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in 2004; and Anthony Ervin (USA), a gold medalist in the 50-meter freestyle in both 2000 and 2016. In the three Olympics from 1996-2004, nine of the 18 medals awarded in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles were won by Bottom's swimmers. In addition to his Olympic résumé, Bottom has twice served as head men's swimming coach at the World University Games (2013, 2015), and as an assistant coach at two FINA World Championships (2009, 2013).

As a swimmer Bottom is a former World Record Holder in the 100 Fly and member of the 1980 Olympic team and part of three NCAA Championship teams at the University of Southern California. [Bio from Mgoblue.com]

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