Georgia swim coach Jack Bauerle will need to refresh his knowledge of the Chinese language when he returns as the U.S. women’s coach at the world championships in Shanghai, China, in July.
Bauerle, who coached the U.S. women at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is one of the most successful coaches in Georgia history.
Bauerle, a native of Glenside, Pa., has coached the Georgia women’s team for 32 years and the men’s team 28 years.
How did Georgia lure Bauerle to move away from his northern roots? Well, Ohio State almost recruited him, but Alan Gentry, one of Coach "Bump" Gabrielsen’s former stars at Georgia, sold Bauerle when he visited Athens on a recruiting trip.
At Georgia, Bauerle set school records in the 200-yard butterfly, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle events, and captained Georgia’s 1973 and 1974 teams.
In this year’s NCAA women’s championships, Georgia placed second – its sixth runner-up finish under Bauerle (2002-04, 2006, 2009 and 2011).
The Lady Bulldogs won the SEC team title for the eighth time. And, Bauerle was named SEC Women’s Coach of the Year for the 13th time.
His Lady Bulldogs have won 73 straight home meets in the Gabrielson Natatorium, the last loss coming in 1996.
Bauerle was, and still is, a good all-around athlete. His favorite hobby is tennis, and he is one of the state’s best in his age division.
Perhaps his greatest feat was performed in 1983 at the Jennings Mill Country Club when he and three partners played 125 consecutive hours of tennis to raise more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.
He is also an outstanding surfer – not in the Gabrielsen Natatorium – but the Atlantic Ocean.
He married a native Athenian: the former Frances Ruth Fowler. They have two sons, John Randall Jr. (now at Mercer) and Stuart Magill, now at St. Joseph’s Catholic School on Prince Avenue, and he is considered perhaps the best all-around athlete his age in town.
• Dan Magill is a contributing columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.