Michigan Extends Bottom’s Contract Through 2026-27 Season

Michigan Extends Bottom’s Contract Through 2026-27 Season

5/12/2022 4:06:00 PM

// Bridgette Underwood

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel announced Thursday (May 12) a contract extension for Mike Bottom that will keep the UM swimming and diving head coach in Ann Arbor through at least the 2026-27 season.

“I am thrilled to extend Mike’s leadership of our men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs well into the future,” Manuel said. “Mike is passionate about this university, the sport of swimming and diving, and his student-athletes from him, and I look forward to his continued enthusiasm and guidance of our combined programs.”

“I would like to thank Warde Manuel for continuing to have faith in me and my staff to lead this great program,” said Bottom. “As I enter this multi-year agreement as the head coach for the Swim and Dive program, I recall what I learned when I started here; that in order to win championships you have to have the support of many people pushing in the same direction. I look forward to leading those who are here and those who choose to join us in the future. Those who stay will be champions! Go Blue!”

During Bottom’s 13 years at the helm of the Michigan men’s program, he has led the Wolverines to an overall record of 104-9-1. Since 2008, he has helped the team to eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a run of four years in the top five from 2012-15. He is a six-time Big Ten Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-15, 2020) and was named CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year in 2013. During his tenure, Bottom has coached the men’s swimmers to a total of nine national titles (eight individual, one relay), and has produced 113 Big Ten individual, relay or diving titles and 40 CSCAA All-Americans.

In Bottom’s eight years of overseeing the women’s team, the Wolverines won three consecutive Big Ten titles from 2016-18 — the program’s first three-peat since 1996-98. During that time, Michigan is 67-14 in dual meets (47-7 in the Big Ten) and improved 26 spots in its finishes at the NCAA Championships over a three-year span (36th in 2013 to 10th in 2016). All 18 Michigan short course (yards) swimming records have gone down since Bottom took over, including 15 since the start of the 2018 season. In his eight years with the women’s team, he has coached 11 CSCAA All-Americans (individual) and 33 Big Ten individual or relay champions. He is a two-time Big Ten Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year (2018, 2019).

In Bottom’s time in Ann Arbor, a Michigan swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year 11 times: Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012), Connor Jaeger (2013-14), Dylan Bosch (2015), Felix Auböck (2017, 2020) and Maggie McNeil (2020-22).

Bottom has coached more than two dozen Olympians during his time at Michigan, including 2020 Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist MacNeil.

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