Mark Schubert, who is in his 14th year as head coach of the USC men's swimming team and 13th in charge of the women's team, has led a program at Troy that mirrors his own career as a coach. Both are unparalleled.
Each feature a storied resume of NCAA accolades, a distinguished history of Olympic success and a blossoming international relationship that complements it all.
Here are the basics.
Schubert has won three NCAA team titles and his squads have won 49 NCAA individual titles. USC's men's and women's swimming and diving teams have won a combined 10 team titles and 146 NCAA (and AIAW) individual titles.
In August of 2004, in Athens, Greece, Schubert had his third stint as a United States Swimming head coach and his seventh consecutive assignment as an Olympic coach.
Also in Athens, USC swimmers and divers continued their own Olympic success, winning a combined 13 medals, including four golds. Among Troy's aquatic accomplishments is accounting for almost half of the USC Athletic Department's Olympic medal count, which totals more than 200.
And more and more, both Schubert and USC are enjoying their success thanks to teams with rosters that read like a United Nations' roll call. In the past four seasons alone, USC has had swimmers from Sweden, Great Britain, Italy, Guatemala, Canada, Brazil, Hungary, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica.
All three areas have converged the last three years, shining in national and international.
Most recently, at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, junior Larsen Jensen won a pair of silver medals (800m and 1500m free) while senior Ous Mellouli won two bronze medals (400m IM and 400m free). Former great Kaitlin Sandeno won a gold (800m free relay) and a bronze (400m IM) while diver Blythe Hartley won a gold (1meter).
USC was well represented in Athens in 2004 with 18 athletes from four continents competing. Among the medal winners were Klete Keller, Erik Vendt, Hartley (Canada), Jensen and Sandeno while others like Ous (Tunisia) and Kalyn Keller were finalists. Mellouli also won a gold at the 2004 World Championships.
In 2003, Mellouli, Mihaly Flaskay (Hungary), Hartley, Vendt, USC great Lindsay Benko and Jensen all won medals at the 2003 World Championships (Schubert was an assistant coach for the U.S. team) in what was a preview of the 2004 Games.
Jensen and Kalyn Keller shared the spotlight with Sandeno at the 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals, dominating much of the event with a combined eight titles.
NCAA titles by Mellouli (400y IM) and Jensen (1650y free) highlighted USC's men's efforts at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Seven Trojans won All-American honors last year, including Flaskay, who barely missed an NCAA title with a second in the 100y breast. Hartley won an NCAA title on 3-meter springboard to highlight USC's women's efforts, which included an All-American performance from Marisa Kozak and an All-American showing in the 800y free relay.
Though USC finished out of the running at the NCAA Championships in 2004, Troy still had some amazing results. Sandeno won two NCAA titles and took second in a third while Kalyn Keller won her first NCAA title (the two also combined to win four Pac-10 titles). The men's team was highlighted a pair of second-place finishes by Mellouli, who also won three Pac-10 individual titles.
The 2003 season was extremely successful as the both teams remained among the elite in the country. Schubert guided the women to third place at the NCAA Championships, its highest finish since winning the team title in 1997. The women's team had five All-American swimmers who earned a combined 16 All-American honors. The men's squad took fifth for the second year in a row and finished in the top six for the seventh year in a row. The team featured eight swimmers who earned a combined 21 All-American honors.
Since Schubert came on board at Troy in 1992, he has directed his men's squads into the top seven at the NCAA Championships eight times and has guided the women's team into the top seven nine times, including its first-ever national championship in 1997.
Also in that span, his women's squads have produced 17 NCAA individual titles, one relay title, 28 Pac-10 individual titles and one relay title. His men's teams have won nine NCAA individual titles, one NCAA relay title, 32 Pac-10 individual titles and five Pac-10 relay titles. Additionally, the men's and women's swimming programs are a combined 137-54 in dual-meet competition under Schubert.
Schubert is also the director of the highly successful Trojan Swim Club, which won the 1999 U.S. Summer Nationals women's and combined team championships and the 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals women's title. His "Swim with SChubert" swim camp, like his USC and Trojan Swim Club teams, works out of USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.
One of the United States' most recognizable and successful coaches of all-time, Schubert was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 10, 1997 as "Honor Coach." The same year, he also was named Coach of the Year by five organizations: American Swimming Coaches Association, United States Olympic Committee, United States Swimming, NCAA and Pac-10. Two years later, he earned a trio of Coach of the Year awards in 1999, coming from the USOC, ASCA and USS.
Schubert's international coaching experience is highlighted by his seven consecutive coaching appearances with U.S. Olympic swim teams. In addition to his aforementioned post in 2004, he headed the men's team in 2000, was as an assistant in 1996 and was head coach in 1992. Schubert was an assistant for the combined men's and women's teams in 1980, 1984 and 1988. He was also the head coach of the 1982 U.S. World Championship team and was an assistant on the 1978, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2003 World Championships staffs. His Trojan swimmers captured four medals in Rome and four more in Perth, Australia.
In his 34 years of coaching, Schubert has placed 38 swimmers on U.S. Olympic teams; these athletes have won 23 gold and 11 silver medals, plus eight world championship titles. Even more impressive, Schubert's swimmers have broken 27 world and more than 115 American records and have won more than 200 U.S. national titles.
Schubert's swimmers had a great summer of 2002. Benko set a world record in the 200m free at the Short Course World Championships, winning two golds and swimming on three American record-breaking relays. She also won gold at the Pan Pacs. Vendt went under the world record in the 400m IM at the U.S. Summer Nationals, but was barely edged by Michael Phelps at the wall. He won a pair of silvers in the 400m IM and the 1500m free at the Pan Pacs and was NCAA Swimmer of the Year.
Among Schubert's top swimmers in 2001 included two-time World Championship bronze medallist Klete Keller, World Championship silver medallist Vendt as well as World University Games medallists Ryosuke Imai and Mark Warkentin.
Among the Olympians he coached in Sydney in 2000 were three-time gold medallist Lenny Krayzelburg, gold medallist Benko, silver medallist Vendt and silver and bronze medallist Keller. As the U.S. Olympic head coach for men, he guided the team to seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals.
Krayzelburg, one of Schubert's most recent phenoms, set the swimming world ablaze when he broke three backstroke world records at the 1999 Pan-Pacs, where Schubert served as head coach. For her part, Benko won five medals there and was part of an American record relay. Warkentin held his own by winning four gold medals at the 1999 World University Games.
Overall, Schubert placed 12 swimmers on various U.S. National teams in 1998 and 1999, including 1998 World Championship participants Krayzelburg, Bard Bridgewater and Benko. Krayzelburg, Bridgewater, Bret Awbrey and Warkentin all competed for the U.S. at the 1998 Goodwill Games. Pan-Pac participants from 1999 included Krayzelburg, Benko and Bridgewater. Leonardo Costa and Karen Campbell made Schubert proud at the 1999 Pan Am Games, each taking home a gold. Rounding out the international competition were Corrie Murphy and Gabe Woodward at the World University Games and Paige Francis, Mike Williams, Philippe Demers and Costa at the 1999 World Short Course Championships.
In 1997, Schubert led USC to its first ever NCAA women's swimming and diving team title that was led by huge efforts from Kristine Quance and Benko.
Schubert's 1996 Atlanta Olympic performers included Bridgewater and Quance (both gold medalists) and Janet Evans (a gold medallist in Barcelona and Seoul).
As the 1992 USA Women's Olympic head coach, he guided the American women to two gold medal relay world records, four additional American records and an impressive world-leading 14 medals, including five gold.
He has also coached Erika Hansen (formerly a USC assistant coach), Lawrence Frostad, former Olympic champions Mary T. Meagher (a triple gold medallist in 1984) and double gold medallist Tiffany Cohen, Trojans Sippy Woodhead and Mike O'Brien as well as Olympic champions Brian Goodell and Shirley Babashoff.
Schubert came to USC from the University of Texas, where his swimmers won two NCAA team titles (1990 and 1991) and four Southwest Conference championships in his four years there (1989-92). His Longhorn swimmers won 12 NCAA individual and eight relay titles and Schubert was named 1990 NCAA Coach of the Year for his efforts. Among the swimmers Schubert coached to NCAA titles were American record holders Leigh Ann Fetter and Whitney Hedgpeth. He also served as the head coach of the 350-member Texas Aquatics U.S. Swimming club team that won 10 national titles during his four-year tenure.
Prior to taking over at Texas, Schubert was one of the top club coaches in the U.S., serving as the head coach of the Mission Bay Makos Swim Team in Boca Raton, Fla., which won nine national team titles from 1986-89. Schubert helped design the Mission Bay Aquatic Center and directed daily operations of one of the world's most comprehensive aquatic centers, including competitive swimming, diving and master's programs.
Schubert initially made his mark on the national level as the head coach of the internationally renowned and highly successful Mission Viejo (Calif.) Nadadores from 1972 to 1985. While there, he coached such talented swimmers as Cohen, Meagher, Babashoff, Brian Goodell, Mike O'Brien, Jesse Vassallo, Sippy Woodhead and Dara Torres. His teams won a national-record 44 national team titles during his tenure. Schubert was named national Coach of the Year by the American Swimming Coaches Association in 1981, 1976 and 1975.
Schubert coached at the high school level at Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) High from 1971 to 1972 and at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High from 1973 to 1975, where his team won the 1975 CIF title. He is a 1971 graduate of Kentucky with a B.A. in education (he swam there from 1967-69), and he began his coaching career with the Wildcats, serving as an assistant coach from 1969 to 1971.
His swimming-related duties include serving on the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Board of Directors since 1975. He is a former vice-president and member of the Board of Directors of the College Swim Coaches Association of America.
Schubert was honored by NACDA (the National Association of Athletic Directors) for his role in the success of the 1992 and 1996 USA Olympic Team.
Schubert and his wife, Joke, live in Seal Beach, Calif., with their daughters, Tatum, 28, and Leigh, 26, both former swimmers. Joke was the head manager for the U.S. swimmers at the 2000 Olympics and was an assistant manager for the U.S. swim team at the 1996 Olympics.