About

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.

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. In London 2012, Busch led the successful campaign (31 medals), which represented 30% of the Team USA total medal count.

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