COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State men’s swimming team head coach Bill Wadley stays away from public attention as much as he can, preferring instead to let his team and its accomplishments in the pool do the talking for him. This week is an exception, though.
That’s because as the Buckeyes were winning two of three meets in a Big Ten quadrangular meet last weekend at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, they were securing the 199th and 200th wins in Wadley’s 22-year coaching career, a career that started with two seasons at Michigan State with the last 20 seasons coached right here at Ohio State.
For the record, the 200th dual meet win of Wadley’s career came against Penn State, 258-76, with No. 199 secured a bit earlier in the meet over Northwestern, 270-64. Wadley was unaware that history was in the making.
“No, I didn’t realize that the 200th win came this weekend,” Wadley said. “This is certainly a long term achievement. Our teams are only as good as the student-athletes and right now we have a really special group of swimmers.”
Wadley is now 200-43 overall in dual meets and 176-33 at Ohio State. He trails only the great Mike Peppe in dual meet wins at Ohio State. Peppe won 179 meets during his 33-year career.
Coach Bill Wadley’s Milestone Wins
No. 1……..1987 vs. Oakland U……62-51
No. 25*……1989 vs. Ohio U……..138-135
No. 100……1997 vs. Ohio U……..187-154
No. 150……2003 vs. Miami (Oh.)…150-90
No. 200……2009 vs. Penn State….258-76
* Indicates first Ohio State win.
Ohio State, ranked No. 10 nationally and 9-2 on the season, concludes the dual meet portion of its season Friday at 5 p.m. against West Virginia at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Click on the “Audio” link above to hear Coach Bill Wadley talk about his career, the 2009 Buckeyes and two wins that were especially meaningful to him.