Dominique Bouchard and Shara Stafford claimed individual Big 12 titles on the final day of the 2012 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships
In just three full years on the job, Head Swimming Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh has transformed the Tigers into a burgeoning national power. The success of the program, which steadily improved since the Mizzou Aquatic Center opened in 2005, should continue to grow in Rhodenbaugh's fourth season.
Rhodenbaugh continued his revitalization of the team in 2012-13. When the coach arrived in Columbia prior to the 2010-11 season, Missouri was coming off a year when only two Tigers, both divers, qualified for the NCAA Championships. Last season season, Rhodenbaugh brought four women's individual qualifiers.
Fresh off a record-breaking campaign in 2011-12, the 2012-13 Mizzou women's swimming and diving team picked up right where it left off and continued to improve in 2012-13. Despite key losses, the most recent edition of the program tied its 14th-place showing at the NCAA Championships and matched last season's individual All-American tally.
After a successful first season at Mizzou in 2010-11 that included two national runners-up at the NCAA Championships and two Big 12 Conference titles, Rhodenbaugh and his staff added six freshman and an ultra-talented transfer to help the program take the next step in 2011-12.
At the 2012 Big 12 Championships, hosted by Mizzou in February, Missouri posted its most successful Big 12 Championships ever. Shara Stafford was named the Big 12 Women's Newcomer of the Meet after taking home Big 12 titles in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Dominique Bouchard claimed her second consecutive 200 backstroke title, while the 200 freestyle relay team of Stafford, junior Cassie Cunningham, Emily Doucette and Lisa Nathanson won Mizzou's first-ever relay title.
At the NCAA Championships later in March, the country took notice of Mizzou's dramatic improvement. The Tigers finished a program record 14th as the squad had six first team All-Americans and set seven new team records. Stafford finished fifth in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle. Bouchard placed third in the 200 backstroke, an event she claimed national runner-up honors a year ago. Additionally, In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Stafford, Nathanson, Cunningham and Doucette made history with a seventh-place showing.
On May, 5, 2010, the next chapter of Missouri men's and women's swimming and diving began when highly-touted Arizona assistant Greg Rhodenbaugh was introduced as the head coach of the Missouri Tigers. Regarded as one of the top swimming assistants in the country during his stay with the Wildcats, Rhodenbaugh became the newest head coach of the Tigers, bringing with him years of coaching NCAA and Olympic champions.
Rhodenbaugh spent 11 years as an assistant under legendary swimming coach Frank Busch at Arizona, where he has been the primary coach for the middle distance, stroke and individual medley events. During his tenure as a Wildcat, Rhodenbaugh was a part of the 2008 men's and women's national championship teams, and coached many Olympic swimmers, including two-time gold medalist Amanda Beard, Ryan Berube, Ricardo Prado and Lars Frolander. He was a member of the U.S. Swimming National Team staff and traveled with the U.S. National Junior Team to Barcelona in 2000 as a staff member.
In 1988-89, Rhodenbaugh earned his first head coaching gig at his alma mater of Southern Methodist, where he also swam and was a five-time All-American during a senior year where the Mustangs finished fifth at the 1984 national championships. After being an assistant for four years, Rhodenbaugh became the interim coach in 1988 where he was named the Southwest Conference's Co-Coach of the Year.
Rhodenbaugh is the fifth member of a lineage of successful swimmers in his family, encompassing his seven other brothers and sisters who have gone on to compete on the national and world levels, hold numerous state and collegiate records, and participate at the Olympic level as his younger sister Kim competed in the 1984 Olympics in the 200 breast stroke.
Some of the accolades that Rhodenbaugh has achieved as an athlete include a conference championship, U.S. Nationals championship, and being named SMU's team captain in 1984. He still continues to swim in masters competitions, as he has four Master's Nationals individual championships and was a world record holder in 1993, 1994 and as recently as 2007. As a youngster, Rhodenbaugh swam for Busch as a member of the Cincinnati Marlins Swim Club.
Rhodenbaugh and his wife, Lisa, have eight children.