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Oct. 21, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bill Wadley, head coach of the Ohio State men’s swimming team, will contribute his plethora of experience to the United States National Team as a member for the coaching staff, effective Sept. 2, 2014. Wadley was selected to join the coaching contingent by USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch and will remain on the staff for one year.

Wadley qualified for the position after two of his athletes – DJ MacDonald and Tim Phillips – finished Top 6 in their respective events at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships.

“Coach Wadley has helped me develop as a swimmer through his dedication and perseverance to making sure that not just me, but everyone on the team reaches their full potential as a swimmer and as a person,” MacDonald, member of the Ohio State swimming team and U.S. National Team, said. “As much as he emphasizes the team’s efforts in the pool, he also encourages us to be leaders outside of the pool – in the community and the classroom.”

Wadley’s mentees on the current U.S. National Team include MacDonald and Phillips. MacDonald, a native of Toledo, Ohio, earned two Top-5 finishes – 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke – at the national championships. Phillips, on the other hand, solidified his place among the elite swimmers in the world with a third-place showing in the 100 butterfly at the premier meet.

The pair will continue to represent the United States in international competition, with MacDonald invited to compete at the 2015 World University Games, July 3-14, in Gwangju, South Korea and Phillips joining Team USA at the Pan American Games in Toronto, July 10-26.

Entering his 26th season at the helm of the Buckeye program, Wadley has spent more than two decades mentoring Ohio State student-athletes. Named 2010 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, Wadley’s teams have posted eight consecutive Top-20 finishes at the NCAA championships.

Wadley and the Buckeyes will open their 2014-15 campaign with a dual meet vs. in-state foe Cincinnati Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.