Bill Rose is a highly recognized coach in the sport of swimming in the U.S. and overseas. A lofty recognition to uphold, his continued presence and accomplishments on the national and international levels, as well as with his club team the Mission Viejo Nadadores as head coach and CEO, speak to his ability to foster talent on any team. Representing Team U.S.A. “The whole key is anytime I can be somewhere representing the United States and taking in that type of atmosphere, there is nothing better. It is the gold medal coaches get.” Most recently, Rose has was selected to the U.S. coaching staff at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. Placing a swimmer on the women’s team in two events, he had the pleasure of not only coaching the nation’s best, but the Nadadores’ best. In addition, Rose coached his former swimmer to the bronze medal in the men’s open water 10K at the meet. The selection by USA Swimming to place Rose on the most recent world championship coaching staff came after an already full-packed resume of success at a variety of international meets over the years. In 1995, Rose was selected to coach the U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Argentina. This was his first time coaching the games, but not his last as he went on to be named the head coach of the U.S. team in 2003 in Dominican Republic. Respected as one of the best coaches for the nation’s young athletes, Rose has been selected to three World University Games coaching staffs for the United States. In 1997 he coached the team in Italy, and in 1999 he was named head coach of the women’s team in Spain. The 2006 games had special meaning to Rose, as he guided the team in Turkey, and also watched as his Nadadore swimmer won the men’s 1500m freestyle, taking home a gold for team USA. Known for his ability to develop some of the world’s strongest open water and distance swimmers, Rose was the head coach of the Open Water World Championship team at the 2007 meet in Australia. He also coached on the swim staff there as well. Olympic Pride The 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia were a platform for Rose’s swimmers to shine. In total, he placed one athlete on the U.S. team and six swimmers on other country’s teams. He was also honored as the head coach of the Mexico team after his swimmers made up the majority of the country’s entire team. Four years of hard work and dedication to his swimmers later, Rose witnessed one of his Nadadore swimmers qualify for the U.S. team in the men’s 1500m freestyle. At the games, he would go on to capture a silver medal, and shatter the American Record by 11 seconds-further testifying to Rose’s ability to foster great endurance athletes. The most recent Olympics in Beijing, China proved to be paramount in Rose’s coaching career. After serving as head coach at the 2008 FINA World Championships in Seville, Spain, he was selected by USA Swimming as the first ever women’s open water coach at the 2008 Olympics. It was in Beijing that he was able to coach his current distance swimmer at her first Olympic games where she competed in the first 10k marathon in the game’s history. Hard-Earned Recognition Aside from his recognition by USA Swimming to lead teams at a variety of meets, there are other honors that Rose has been bestowed throughout the years. Most notably was in 2004 when he was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Hall of Fame. The honor testified to the respect he has by his peers in the sport. In 2006, the honor spoke to not only his personal coaching skills but also that of his growing powerhouse in Mission Viejo. Behind the Success When asked what makes Rose a great coach, his swimmers can quickly answer. Frequently, the responses hint to his supportiveness, his ability to motivate and teach confidence, and the importance of being a better personal all around. Most importantly, his swimmers comment on how Rose is fun and jokes around a lot but also knows when to get to business. To his swimmers, he provides the perfect balance to succeed. Also aiding to his success is the Nadadore’s entire program that he has continued to grow since 1992. Currently, the program has 47 National Team Championships to its name as well as 12 Olympic gold medals, 7 Olympic silver medals, and one bronze medal by past swimmers. Past and current swimmers have broken 91 American Records, 22 World Records, and have produced more than 135 All-Americans. As CEO of the program, Rose has had the support of numerous full-time and part-time coaches to create the powerhouse it is today. Among the staff is his wife, Siga Rose.
Mission Viejo, California
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Member of 2009 U.S. World Championship team coaching staff
USA Swimmings first Open Water coach at 2008 Olympics
Member of American Swim Coaches Hall of Fame
2006 USA Swimming Development Coach of the Year