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Jack Baurele

  • Olympic Head Coach

  • Head Coach at University of Georgia

  • 7 NCAA Team Championships

  • 7 UGA alum competed in the 2020 Olympics

Jack Bauerle began swimming in the Philadelphia area at the Germantown YMCA, the Manor Lu Swim Club, and the Philadelphia Aquatic Club. As a senior in 1970, he was co-captain of the La Salle College High School swim team.  Jack went on to the University of Georgia where he broke several school records and served as the team captain for two seasons.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1975.

After graduation, Bauerle stayed on as assistant coach at Georgia.  He was appointed head women's head coach in 1979 and later became head coach for the men's team in 1983.  It should be noted that early in his collegiate coaching career he would spend his summers in Philadelphia coaching with fellow ISCA Hall of Fame inductee Dick Shoulberg.  During his 43 seasons as head coach, Coach Bauerle’s teams have won 7 NCAA Team Championships with over 300 student athletes receiving All-American status.  During that span he was named NCAA Coach of the Year 7 times.  

Jack was named Head Coach of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and served as a coach in 5 other Olympics between 2000 and 2020.  The Georgia Bulldogs contingent at the 2020 games consisted of seven swimmers…Hali FlickingerNatalie HindsChase KaliszJay LitherlandAllison SchmittOlivia Smoliga, Javier Acevedo.  This was the largest group of swimmers from a single university to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games. 

Jack retired from coaching in 2022.  Although he’s been living in Georgia for the past 50+ years, his heart is still in Philadelphia as he remains an avid Phillies and Eagles fan.  Jack and his wife Leigh Ann have three children...John, Magill, and Duke.

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