Bob Bowman, Head Coach, CEO
Bob Bowman became Head Coach and CEO of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club on September 1, 2008 . Six of Bowman’s swimmers competed in the Beijing Olympic Games with three winning gold medals. Michael Phelps swam to Olympic history by winning 8 Gold medals and became the most successful athlete ever at the games by amassing a career total of 14 golds. Peter Vanderkaay(gold 4 x 200 relay, bronze 200 free) Erik Vendt( gold 4 x 200 relay) and Allison Schmitt(bronze 4 x 200 relay) were medal winners as well. Bowman -coached swimmers have set 43 world records and over 50 American records. He has coached 12 individual swimmers to 65 US National Championships as well as leading Club Wolverine to 10 US National team titles during his tenure. Prior to returning to Baltimore, Bowman was the Head Men’s Swimming Coach at the University of Michigan and the Head Coach for Club Wolverine. He has been named National Coach of the Year by the American Swimming Coaches Association four times(2001,2003,2007,2008) and USA Swimming five times (2001,2002,2003,2007,2008). In 2002 he was USA Swimming’s Developmental Coach of the Year. In 2010, Bowman was inducted into the ASCA Hall of Fame.
Bowman concluded his final season at U-M by guiding the Wolverines to the 2008 Big Ten Conference title and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA National Championships. In four seasons, he compiled a 30-8-1 record in dual meets, including a 21-1-1 mark against Big Ten opponents. Three Michigan swimmers won individual NCAA titles in back to back fashion. Peter Vanderkaay 500 free (2005-2006), Davis Tartwater 200 fly( 2005-2006), and Alex Vanderkaay 400 IM (2007-2008) all repeated as NCAA Champions. Bowman was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
USA Swimming named Bowman the Team USA head men’s coach for the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia and again for the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. He has also served as an assistant coach on the U.S. staff at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, and 2001, '03 and '05 World Championships. Coach Bowman has served on every major US National Team Staff since 2001.
Prior to coming to Michigan, Bowman was named an assistant coach on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, serving as the primary coach for Michael Phelps. At the 2004 Games, Bowman helped Phelps to an Olympic record eight medals, including six gold and two bronze. Four years later, he coached Phelps to his historic run of eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
Bowman previously spent nine years at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Baltimore, Md. He was the high performance coach from 1999-2004, working directly with the senior elite performance group. Under his tutelage at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Phelps won five World Championship gold medals and was named the American Swimmer of the Year in 2001 and '03. Bowman also held the position of senior coach at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club from 1996-99. During his tenure in Baltimore, Bowman helped produce three individual national champions, 10 national finalists and five U.S. National Team members.
Bowman was also the head coach and program director for the Birmingham Swim League from 1992-94. There he was responsible for program design, staff development and daily operation of a 250-member club. Under his supervision, BSL improved to a top five program regionally after finishing out of the top 20 the previous 10 years.
Prior to his position at BSL, Bowman held assistant coaching positions with the Napa Valley swim team (1991-92), Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins (1990-91) and the Las Vegas Gold swim team (1988-90).
From 1994-96, Bowman served as head coach for the Napa Valley swim team. There he was responsible for an elite senior program including U.S. National 'A', 'B' and Junior Team members. Under Bowman's watch, Napa Valley won six gold, two silver and two bronze medals in international competition.
In 1986-87, Bowman was the head age group coach at the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Florida State. At FSU, he worked closely with the recruiting coordinator and helped develop a system of feedback and information for all practice and competitive results.
Bowman swam for the Seminoles from 1983-85, serving as a team captain in his final year. Bowman graduated from Florida State with a bachelor of science degree in developmental psychology and a minor in music composition in 1987.
John Cadigan, Director Of Operations
John Cadigan began working at North Baltimore in 1980. John is a senior coach who also serves as the director of the NBAC Swim Camp and was appointed Director of Operations by Coach Bowman in 2010.
Beginning in 1980 assisting Murray Stephens, John has coached at every level of NBAC from stroke clinic to Masters. In addition, John has coached and won championships as an assitant at Loyola High School (1982-84; 1989-1994), head coach at Archbishop Curley High School (1986-1990), and assisted at Calvert Hall College High School (2006). He has coached Summer League at the Roland Run Club (1983-1987) and Meadowbrook Swim Club (2005-2006).
John serves on the Board of Maryland Swimming as chair of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame Committee. John works as the general manager of Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Center. An alumnus of Loyola College (B.A. English 1986), John and his wife Connie have five children, two of whom compete for North Baltimore.
Tom Himes, Head Age Group Coach
Tom Himes rejoined NBAC in 2009 after a six year hiatus. As Head Age Group Coach, Himes spent 17 years at NBAC, beginning in 1985, and during that time produced 11 consecutive American Swimming Coaches Association Age Group National Team Championships. He has coached swimmers to 425 National Top 16 rankings, including 74 number one rankings, 37 National Age Group Records and more than 350 Maryland State Records. Himes coached Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Beth Botsford as age groupers in the NBAC system and has produced countless other National Team Athletes. The Maryland Swimming Age Group Coach of the Year award has been named for Coach Himes to honor over 20 years of service to Maryland Swimming. He was inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.
Erik Posegay, High Performance & Challenge Coach
Erik joined NBAC in August of 2011. Most recently, Erik had been the Head Coach of the Parkland Aquatic Club (PAAC) from the fall of 2005 through the summer of 2011. Erik took PAAC from a high school feeder program and turned it into the top ranked USA swimming club in Pennsylvania for five years running. During that time, the club nearly doubled in size. The club reached level 3 in the Club Recognition Program and was named a Silver Medal Club for 2011.
During his years at PAAC, Erik coached 5 different swimmers to Olympic Trial Qualifying times. 3 different swimmers have represented the USA on International Teams. Erik was named an assistant coach on the 2010 Junior Pan Pac Team. His swimmers went on to win 4 international medals. He has coached two different swimmers onto the National Junior Team and 1 onto the National Team. Erik had 1 swimmer win a USA Swimming National Title. Swimmers have also finished the year with 9 number 1 age group rankings. Four different swimmers have finished the year with 15 total world rankings. He also coached 6 different swimmers in to the Eastern Zone Select Camp. Erik was also voted as the Middle Atlantic Age Group Coach of the Year 3 straight years from 2008-2010.
Prior to coaching PAAC, Coach Posegay was the assistant coach at the Emmaus Aquatic Club (EMAC) from 2002-2005. He assisted with the senior program and headed up a group in their age group program. He placed swimmers on Zone Teams and had numerous Junior Olympic Champions.
Tony Lindner, Challenge Coach
Tony returned home in December '07 to begin his second stint with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. He is a Senior Level Coach.
Tony began his coaching career as a Varsity and Junior Varsity coach for Archbishop Curley High School with John Cadigan from 1987-1990, during which time they won a dual meet title, a league championship, and advanced to a higher conference.
Tony's first tenure with NBAC began in 1991 when he initially began working as a Stroke Clinic instructor. He also assisted Head Coach Murray Stephens with the Senior Elite group from 1993-1997 which included Olympians Anita Nall, Beth Botsford, and Whitney Metzler.
After completing graduate school and relocating to San Diego, Tony became a Varsity coach for Cathedral Catholic High School [CCHS], formerly known as University of San Diego High School (Uni). During his time at CCHS/Uni (2000-2007), the girls were five-time CIF regional champions and two-time runners up. The boys finished CIF runners up once. In 2006, the CCHS girls' team finished the season ranked #8 in the country for independent (private) schools. Over eight seasons, the team had multiple All-Americans.
Tony is an alumnus of Archbishop Curley High School, the University of Baltimore (B.S., Finance), and the University of South Carolina (Masters, International Business Studies - MIBS).
Clare Blackwell, Challenge Coach
Clare joined the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in September of 2013 working as a Challenge coach. Clare began her coaching career at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. While coaching there, 25 of her swimmers placed in the top 16 in their age group, 2 of them consistently placing in the top 3. She also helped coach 6 athletes to the 2008 Olympic Games - 2 of which placed in the top 24. While she was coaching at Bolles, their program was ranked 2nd in the Nation among high schools and was named a Gold Medal Club. Clare then coached at the Millfield School in Somerset, England. There, each year over 1/3 of the team qualified for the Youth National Meet (equivalent to Juniors in the United States) and 27 swimmers qualified for and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. One of those athletes swam their way onto the 2012 British Olympic Team. Prior to coaching, Clare swam for Denison University where she was a 2 time All-American and team captain her senior year. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in Psychology.
Solomon Sniad, Imagination & Discovery Coach
Solomon began coaching at NBAC in 2009. Solomon's experience includes teaching swimming at the JCC and three years of teaching at the Michael Phelps Swim School, where he is among the most requested instructors. He has coached the summer league team Meadowbrook Tomatoes in 2009 as an assitant coach and as head coach in 2010 & 2011. He has also taught the NBAC Stoke Clinic. Solomon is the Head Coach for the Bryn Mawr (high school) swim team which placed first in the 2010-2011 IAAM "B" conference championship.
Stevie Posegay - Discovery & Imagination Coach
Stevie Coble Posegay begins her second year in NBAC’s Discovery and Imagination levels. She began coaching for the Ephrata Summer Swim Team from 2004-2007. Upon her college graduation, in 2008, she began coaching for the Lancaster Aquatic Club in Lancaster, PA.. Stevie served as the Head Assistant Coach where she coached several swimmers to Junior Olympics, Zones, the PIAA State Meet, and many team records. Stevie also helped coach a PIAA State record holder, Olympic
Trial qualifier, and a National Youth Team member. Stevie then moved to the Parkland Aquatic Club in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She served as the 8 and under division director, doubling their mini program. In Summer 2011, Stevie also took charge of the 9-10 division at PAAC. She has assisted with the National Team, coaching two National Youth Team members and a National Champion.
Annie Norton - Discovery Level Coach
Annie began coaching at NBAC in May of 2013 as a Discovery and Challenge coach. Prior to that she coached for the NBAC Stroke Clinic and spent four summers coaching Hope Valley Country Club in Durham, NC. She swam at UNC Chapel Hill where she graduated in 2010 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Annie began her career swimming for NBAC.