With what will likely be his final Olympics approaching, Michael Phelps is getting set to influence the next generation of swimmers. But the Baltimore native won’t be starting his coaching career back home at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
According to the Arizona Republic, Phelps is set to become a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State University for the 2016-2017 season. The timing indicates that he has the gig lined up following the summer’s Olympics in Rio.
Phelps won’t be in the pool where his career launched, and has produced eight Olympic swimmers. But there will be a couple of familiar faces. Bob Bowman, who is the Baltimore Bullet’s longtime coach, is the head swimming coach at Arizona State University. Fellow North Baltimore Aquatic Club Olympian Allison Schmitt will also be there. Phelps is already training in the desert to get ready for the Olympics.
The commitment to coaching continues the Olympic legend’s return to the sport following his arrest on a DUI charge in Baltimore in 2014. Phelps told the Republic that he wanted “nothing to do with the water” after the London Olympics, but has turned back to the pool following his rehab.
“Now, being around it more than I have in a long time, I don’t think I’ll be able to go far from the sport because it is a part of me,” Phelps told the newspaper.
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