FORT WORTH, TX – After 38 years at the helm, Richard Sybesma retired from the position of Head Swimming and Diving coach at TCU.
Sam Busch, who served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Virginia the past four years, was hired by the Horned Frogs on August 4th to be Sybesma's replacement. Busch was an important factor in the No. 1 ranking of the Cavalier's women team, three consecutive conference titles, and fifth and sixth-place finishes in the 2015 and 2016 NCAA championships.
"When the opportunity to usher in a new era of TCU swimming and diving was offered to me, I accepted the honor with great enthusiasm and heartfelt gratitude,” Busch said. “To work with one of the country's great athletic directors in Chris Del Conte is beyond fortunate."
From the 2011 season to 2013, Busch coached at Auburn University, mainly coaching the backstroke and freestyle teams. Under Busch, the Tigers' men posted a pair of top-10 NCAA finishes, including sixth-place in 2012.
Busch also served on the coaching staff at West Virginia from 2009 to 2011 and Arizona from 2007-2009.
“Sam is a perfect fit for us," TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris del Conte said. "He comes from a tradition-rich Virginia program in which he played a major role in their recruiting and team success. He is also part of a great family coaching tree. We have no doubt Sam will have the Horned Frogs Factor in leading our swimming and diving programs.”
After a 2016 season consisting of a third place conference finish for the TCU men and fifth place finish for the women, Frog fans have reasons for optimism leading into the 2017 season. With Busch's previous track record and the current talent on the team, TCU swimming should only improve upon the 2016 season.