April 22, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bill Wadley, Ohio State men’s swimming coach, signed a new three-year contract, Gene Smith, director of athletics, announced Friday. Wadley has won at least 10 dual meets in nine of his 16 seasons, including this season when his team was 10-1 and finished 22nd at the NCAA championships. His Buckeye teams are 145-25 in dual meets. In 21 seasons as a college head coach, his teams are 169-35 in dual meets.
“Bill has done a lot with a little having coached 10 Big Ten champions in a facility that clearly is not at the standard with other prominent programs across the country,” Miechelle Willis, OSU associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, said. “This year’s team was 10-1 in dual meets and says a lot about where we think this program is headed. We are excited about the future of the program under Bill’s leadership as we move into a new facility.”
During his career, Wadley has produced more than 30 world-ranked swimmers, while 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympic level. Wadley has coached 10 Buckeyes to Big Ten championships and has mentored 20 Big Ten champions at three Big Ten schools in 21 seasons. Wadley’s swimmers have broken more than 60 school records while producing 19 All-Americans. His swimmers have set 16 national and 11 Big Ten records.
“I am thrilled and excited to continue as the head coach of the men’s swimming program at Ohio State,” Wadley said. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to coach in an aquatics facility as terrific as the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion will be. I look forward to many great years ahead and building championship teams in the future.”
The contract extension comes at an exciting time for Buckeye swimming as it will open the new Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion next season. The venue will serve as the host of the 2006 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships and in 2007, will play host to the men’s conference championship. Future plans for the facility, which replaces the Mike Peppe Pool in Larkins Hall, include events such as the NCAA championships, U.S. national championships and the U.S. Open. Wadley is a 1979 graduate of Austin Peay, and did his graduate work at the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Gail, an athletics trainer at the OSU Sports Medicine Center, reside in Columbus. Bill has two sons, Brian and Michael.