Julia Lonnegren (Diver of the Meet) and Jane Figueiredo (Diving Coach of the Year) take top honors for UH
Divers sweep the 3M and two more school records fall
New marks set in the 200 Medley and 800 Free Relay
Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium hosts the event for the 10th and final year
Cougars finished 1-2-3 in the 1M event
Augie Busch was named the fourth head coach in the Houston swimming program history on May 18, 2011. He comes to UH after 10 years as an assistant coach, including eight with the perennial Top-5 University of Arizona Wildcats.
In 2011, Busch completed his eighth year at Arizona where he helped lead the Wildcat men's and women's teams to 15 Top-5 NCAA finishes, including the sweep of the 2008 national championships. He also aided the women's squad to three consecutive Pac-10 Championships from 2006-08.
During his time at UA, he worked primarily with the backstroke and individual medley swimmers while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. On the pool deck, Busch earned a reputation for his sophisticated knowledge of swimmers' techniques. In his eight seasons at Arizona, Busch's training group produced three NCAA champions, 21 individual All-Americans and swimmers on 10 national champion relay teams.
While with the Wildcats, Busch was instrumental in the success of two Olympians in Albert Subirats of Venezuela and Jake Tapp of Canada. Subirats is one of the most decorated swimmers in UA history with six national titles and 20 All-America accolades. Busch served as an assistant coach for the Venezuelan Olympic team in 2008 as well as for the 2007 Pan American Games.
On the women's side at Arizona, Busch worked directly with 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year and 2010 Rhodes Scholar Justine Schluntz. Schluntz ended her career at Arizona as a 16-time All-American and two-time national champion. From 2006-10, he tutored Ana Agy to 13 All-America honors and a pair of NCAA titles.
Busch went to Arizona after a two-year stint as assistant women's swimming coach at the University of Arkansas. In 2003, his final season in Fayetteville, Busch helped guide the Lady Razorbacks to school records in 15-of-18 events and a 31st-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to his tenure at Arkansas, Busch served as the head swimming coach at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson from 1999-2000. He began his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant coach for the Hillenbrand Aquatics club team, now known as Ford Aquatics. Busch was also a volunteer assistant with the UA program from 1998-2001, and he was head coach of a high-profile summer league program, Sabino Vista Hills, during those same years.
Busch began his collegiate studies at The Ohio State University, where he was a two-year letter winner on the men's volleyball team. In 1996, he returned to Tucson and completed his degree at Arizona.
A native of Tucson, Busch was an all-state swimmer and volleyball player at Salpointe Catholic, where he also played basketball. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Arizona in December 1998. He minored in Spanish, a language he speaks fluently.
Busch is the son of current USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch, who was a six-time NCAA Coach of the Year.
THE BUSCH FILE
2011 / Arizona -- Men (3rd); Women (4th) NCAA Champion: (M) Cory Chitwood, 200 back 2010 / Arizona -- Men (4th); Women (5th) NCAA Champion: (M) Cory Chitwood, 200 back 2009 / Arizona -- Men (6th); Women (3rd) NCAA Champions: (W) Justine Schluntz, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay; Ana Agy, 400 medley relay 2008 / Arizona -- Men (1st); Women (1st) NCAA Champions: (M) Albert Subirats, 100 fly, 400 free relay, 400 medley relay; (W) Hailey Degolia 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay; Ana Agy 400 medley relay; Leone Vorster 800 free relay 2007 / Arizona -- Men (3rd); Women (2nd) NCAA Champions: (M) Albert Subirats, 100 Fly, 100 Back; (W) Hailey Degolia, 200 medley relay 2006 / Arizona -- Men (2nd); Women (3rd) NCAA Champions: (M) Albert Subirats, 400 Free Relay; Nick Thoman, 400 Medley Relay 2005 / Arizona -- Men (3rd); Women (3rd) 2004 / Arizona -- Men (4th); Women (3rd) 2003 / Arkansas -- Women (31st)
What They're Saying About Augie Busch
"Augie is a man of pure passion. He has a zest for life, and his attitude contributes to an environment for success. His passion and drive for continual progress is his best motivational tool. As an athlete, I always wanted to position myself around Augie because to him everything and anything was (and is) possible."
"If it were not for Augie's efforts and his ability to recognize "green" talent, I would have never received the opportunity to swim for such a prestigious program. I came to Arizona as an unrecognized, and a non-recruited athlete with minimal swimming accolades¬¬¬- and graduated from U of A as a Pac-10 and NCAA Champion. I can say with complete confidence that I would have not achieved the same level of success under any other coach."
"I had the great fortune of working with Augie, my son, for the last eight years and I can honestly say without him our program would not have accomplished what we did. His real strength is how well he relates to his athletes, which is more important now than ever. He is an honest coach and presents himself in a way that conveys what it takes to be successful. He has such passion and his athletes know he is willing to dedicate himself to achieve their goals. Augie understands head coaching from many different perspectives and has been exposed to the complexity of being an advocate outside of the pool -- developing the connections with your alumni and gaining support for your sport."