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Tonight’s keynote speaker is a great coach. I always like to talk about a great coach. I like to put him in perspective. Many of us think that being a great coach means that you fall into a great job. Not tonight. This guy has paid his dues. He was the head age group coach at the Cincinnati Marlins. He was the senior assistant coach for the Las Vegas Gold swim team. He was the head coach for the Birmingham Swim League. He was the head coach for the Napa Valley swim team. Then he went to the NBAC and worked as the head senior coach there under Coach Murray Stevens. He met a young athlete there in whom he saw a lot of talent: Michael Phelps. I think that the best thing, and the thing that I respect the most about Bob, ever since I had an opportunity to work with him after Michael made the 2000 Olympic team at the age of 14, is that Bob always had a vision that he instilled in Michael. They were not necessarily Bob’s goals, but the vision was Bob’s vision, and Bob helped Michael set his goals and he helped Michael believe in his goals. When Bob went from North Baltimore to the University of Michigan, Michael followed him to train. We all know what happened there! One of the best things that happened recently is that Bob has purchased and will become the CEO and head coach of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the place where he met Michael. Going back to his roots, and going into business with Michael to continue the dream at North Baltimore Aquatic Club is an awesome thing for Unites States Swimming – especially considering all of the work that Murray Stevens has put into that dream in the NBAC culture. Ladies and Gentlemen, here is probably the best coach of our generation: Coach Bob Bowman.
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