July 30, 2012
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech head swimming & diving coach Courtney Shealy Hart announced Monday that Bill Koppelman has joined the staff as an assistant coach. Koppelman spent the previous six years in the same capacity at TCU.
Koppleman replaces Robert Pinter, who stepped down in July to pursue interests in club coaching.
“I’m thrilled to have someone with Bill’s knowledge and experience join our program,” said Hart. “He will fit in perfectly with our staff and with our student-athletes. I’m confident that Bill will help Georgia Tech continue to improve in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and make an impact nationally. I welcome Bill, his wife RheaAnn, and their children Adelyn and Knox to the Yellow Jacket family. I also want to thank Robert, and wish him and his family the very best.”
Koppelman joined the TCU staff in the fall of 2006, and in that time, has worked with numerous top-level swimmers who have landed spots in the Olympics, NCAA Championships and World Championships.
“I am excited to be joining the Georgia Tech swimming & diving staff,” said Koppelman, who was in London with TCU swimmer Edgar Crespo. “This is an amazing school with a supportive athletics department and world-class facilities. I am privileged to be working with an accomplished coaching staff and thank head coach Courtney Shealy Hart for the opportunity. I believe the Yellow Jackets have an excellent chance to improve in the ACC and on the national level and I am ecstatic to be a part of it.”
While at TCU, the Horned Frogs skyrocketed in the national rankings and their recruiting classes consistently gained recognition from around the country. He was an integral part of TCU’s climb to the top of the Mountain West Conference in 2009-10 when the men’s team stormed through its schedule to an 8-0 overall record and 5-0 record in the league. It was the first MWC team crown for TCU.
Though he worked predominately with the men’s program, Koppelman also tutored TCU’s breaststroke and butterfly swimmers and saw all of those women’s school records fall under his guidance, along with 14 of 19 men’s swimming records.
Koppelman, who has been involved with coaching since before he graduated college, helped two-time Olympian Edgar Crespo claim the 2010 Mountain West Conference title in the 100 breaststroke and Sabine Rasch win the 100 freestyle conference crown in 2011.
Koppelman joined the TCU staff in the fall of 2006 after spending the previous year as head coach of Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, as well as serving as head coach of the Pirate Swim Club, a USA Swimming Club team.
Prior to his stint at Cyprus High School, Koppelman worked as a graduate assistant with the University of Utah swim team, and was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Wyoming as an undergraduate.
During his time at Utah, Koppelman worked with 11 U.S. National swimmers, one Canadian National finalist, 17 All-Mountain West Conference swimmers and two NCAA qualifiers.
Koppelman earned a B.S. in mathematics at the University of Wyoming, and a master of mathematics at the University of Utah. Koppelman and his wife RheaAnn, have a daughter, Adelyn, and son, Knox.