LSU appoints Rick Bishop as new head swim and diving coach
Rick bishop is bayou-related and will soon be announced as the next head coach of the LSU swim and dive program, according to people familiar with the program.
Update: Assistant coach Steve Mellor, who led the LSU sprint squad which included Tokyo 2020 Olympian Brooks Curry, will remain with the program under Bishop.
Bishop, who has been a part of interest in several high-performance college coaching positions this offseason, has spent the past 8 seasons as an associate head coach at the University of Michigan. There, he helped lead the women’s program to 3 consecutive Big Ten Championships from 2016 to 2018 and back-to-back rankings in the top 4 teams at the NCAA Championships in 2018 and 2019.
Swimmers who primarily train with Bishop include the NCAA champion, world champion and US Open record breaker. Maggie MacNeil. Bishop is also Michigan’s post-grad head coach. Siobhan Haughey, who broke a number of Hong Kong national records and became a serious medal contender for the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Bishop leaves for Hong Kong on Friday morning for a pre-Olympic training camp and will travel to the Olympics with Haughey in July. Bishop wrote the roster for the national team group in Hong Kong which includes Jamie Yeung and Ian Ho, who recently broke the Hong Kong record in the 50 freestyle.
Bishop’s international appointments include as assistant coach for the United States at the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships in Canada and the 2017 World University Games in Taiwan. He also spent 2 years on the coaching staff of the Brazilian national team, as an assistant coach at the 1995 World Championships in Rio and the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. He led the Brazilian women’s team at the 1996 Olympics.
He was also an assistant for Jamaica at the 1998 Pan American Games and head coach of the Netherlands Antilles at the 2007 World Championships.
Prior to joining the Michigan staff, Bishop worked for 4 years at USA Swimming in the Sports Performance role. He also made stops as an assistant at Harvard (1988-91), the University of Memphis Tiger Swimming Club (1992-96), and with two of the country’s most historic high school programs: as a ‘attending the famous Bolles School. (1998-2002) as Head Coach of Baylor School (2002-2006) and returned to Bolles School as Head Coach in 2006.
Bishop replaces outgoing head coach Dave geyer, who resigned from the program after 16 seasons with the Tigers, including the last 11 as head coach.
LSU has consistently qualified NCAA swimmers while Geyer was at the helm, although they haven’t been able to climb to the top of the SEC as a team. At the SEC 2021 Championships, LSU finished 10th out of 12 women’s teams and 9th out of 10 men’s teams. The best ranking of men’s and women’s teams in the SEC over the past 11 years was 5th. The Tigers’ men took 5th place in consecutive seasons (2011 and 2012), while the women’s team took 5th place in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
LSU rising junior Brooks Curry, the SEC 2020 first-year 100 freestyle champion, qualified for the U.S. Olympic team last week placing 4th in that event in Omaha. This makes him the first American Olympian in the history of the program. Curry trains primarily in the sprint group with associate head coach Steve Mellor.
Bishop is the second assistant to leave Michigan during the offseason. Nikki kett announced in early April that she would retire from training to pursue a dry career.