Bill Wadley, who spent 28 years as head men’s swimming coach at The Ohio State University, will oversee youth competitive swimming for the YMCA of Greater Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 5, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Des Moines announced today the hiring of Bill Wadley as Director of Youth Competitive Swimming. In this role, Wadley will supervise swim team programs at six local YMCA branches and serve as head coach of a unified Y team composed of the area’s top swimmers.
Wadley, formerly head men’s swimming coach at The Ohio State University, has compiled a long list of coaching achievements during a career spanning nearly 40 years, including Big 10 and USA Nationals championships in 2010 and national and international coaching experience. From 1989 to 2017, his Ohio State teams posted a combined record of 245-45, with more than 60 swimmers earning individual Big 10 titles and 15 setting national records. He coached USA teams competing in the Goodwill Games, the World University Games and the Pan Am Games, as well as 16 Olympians from 1984 to 2016. He is a past president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and the College Swimming Coaches Association and the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Frankie Hanson, director of aquatic operations for the YMCA, said Wadley’s hiring, in combination with the opening of a new Olympic-size pool at the Wellmark YMCA downtown, underscores the Y’s commitment to competitive swimming in central Iowa.
“We feel very fortunate to have found someone of Bill’s caliber to lead us into a new era for competitive swimming in Des Moines,” Hanson said. “With 13 bodies of water, including Des Moines’ only indoor 50-meter pool, we have the facilities and the coaching expertise to provide top-notch training to swimmers of all levels, from the youngest beginner all the way through the Masters ranks.”
Hanson said individual YMCA branches will continue to sponsor their own youth swim teams, with Wadley supervising the branch coaching staffs. For young athletes with aspirations of swimming at the college level and beyond, the unified Y swim team coached by Wadley will provide an enhanced level of training and competition.
“Our goal is to develop one of the most comprehensive and competitive swim programs in the country, with opportunities for every young swimmer to reach his or her full potential,” Hanson said. “Within a few years, we could have many more Iowans in a position to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic team.”
Wadley said he is looking forward to working in the Des Moines community and helping young swimmers learn valuable life lessons through the sport.
“It will be our mission to foster a team environment and a culture that is fun and enjoyable, with skill development being of utmost importance,” he said. “This is an exciting opportunity to build something special at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines – a program that will help athletes thrive and achieve at the highest levels.”