Augie Busch
Augie  Busch

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Arizona, 1998


Virginia's Busch, Marrkand Earn Year-End ACC Swimming Honors

Duo helped Cavaliers win eighth-consecutive conference title


Virginia Finishes Fifth at NCAA Championships, Smith Wins 1,650 Free Title

Cavaliers post highest team finish in program history


Virginia in Fourth Place After Second Day of NCAAs

Cavaliers finish in the top eight in four events


Leah Smith Captures 500 Freestyle NCAA Title

400 medley relay finishes second, the highest UVa relay finish ever


Virginia Places Eighth at ACC Championships

Casey places fifth in 1,650 free

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Augie Busch completed his first season in charge of the Virginia swimming and diving programs in 2014. Busch had previously been the head coach of Houston's women's squad for two seasons.

Busch led the Cavalier women to the ACC Championship in 2014 and an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Cavalier men placed fourth at ACCs and 26th at NCAAs.

Under Busch's tutelage, the Cavaliers have had eight individuals earn All-America honors for 11 citations and three All-American relays. This included Courtney Bartholomew (200 back) and Leah Smith (1,650 free) earning third-place finishs and the 800 free relay placing fifth at the 2014 national meet. In one season, the Cavaliers broke 20 school and six ACC records.

The Cavaliers have also been strong academically under Busch, with 18 student-athletes being named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Team and Ellen Williamson being recognized on the Captial One Academic All-District squad.

In his two seasons at Houston, Busch led the Cougars to a fourth-place finish in Conference USA in 2012 and to a program-best second-place league showing last season.

At Houston, Busch, 37, improved the profile of the Cougars athletically and academically. The Cougars recorded personal-best times in 90 percent of their swims and broke seven school records in 2013 while achieving a program-best 3.42 team GPA.

Before Houston, Busch was a highly-successful assistant coach at Arizona for eight seasons (2003-2011), where the Wildcats earned 15 top-five NCAA finishes, more than any other program during that period. His tenure in Tucson was highlighted by both Wildcat teams winning NCAA Championships in 2008.

At UA, Busch worked primarily with the backstroke, butterfly and individual medley swimmers while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. 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.

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.

Before Arizona, Busch was an assistant coach for the Arkansas women's team, helping the Lady Razorbacks to school records in 15 of 18 events and a 31st-place finish at the 2003 NCAA meet.

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 was a two-time letterwinner on the men's volleyball team at The Ohio State University before returning to his native Tucson, Arizona, and graduating from UA in 1998 with a degree in psychology. Busch 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.